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Mate is the Clan terminology for a partnership between a tom and a she-cat.




Taking a Mate

Two cats are usually considered mates after spending some time together, and are seen sharing tongues often, and after some kind of confession of love, or asking them if they would like to be mates. Usually when cats are apprentices or warriors, they will show some sort of affection toward a certain cat. Clan cats usually take a mate from the same Clan, although there are examples of pairings from different Clans or groups. However, sometimes cats from different Clans will mate secretly despite it being against the warrior code.[1] Examples are Bluestar and Oakheart,[2] Silverstream and Graystripe,[3] or Leafpool and Crowfeather.[4] It is not unusual for a cat to have more than one mate, especially toms. After a while, if they stop showing affection, or if their mate dies, they will usually take on a new mate. An example is Graystripe and Millie or Willowpelt and Patchpelt.

Breaking Up

In the Warriors universe, breaking up is fairly rare, but can happen. Some examples of mates who broke up:

Reasons

Mates break up mainly for the following reasons:

  • They decide they are not suited for each other anymore or don't truly love each other.[6]
  • One cat does not love the other anymore. (Daisy and Spiderleg)[6]
  • One cat does not truly love their mate back and has feelings for another. (Dovewing and Bumblestripe)[7]
  • Ending a relationship of forbidden love by mutual agreement, recognizing that loyalty to their Clan is more important than their love. (Leafpool and Crowfeather)[12]
  • Disagreements, mistrust, misunderstanding. (Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw in Starlight)[13]
  • Disappointment in their mate's actions or behavior. (Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw in Sunrise,[source?] Shellheart and Rainflower in Crookedstar's Promise)[9]
  • One of the cats leave the Clan. (Goldenflower and Tigerstar)[14]
  • One of the cats dies. (Graystripe takes Millie as a mate after the death of Silverstream)[15]

In some cases, mates will get back together some time after breaking up, for example, when Bramblestar forgave Squirrelflight for lying to him about Leafpool's kits, though this is fairly rare.

Restrictions

  • Taking a cat from another Clan (or a non-Clan cat) as mate is implicitly forbidden by the first rule of The Warrior Code,[16] as such pairings are considered a sign of disloyalty.[17] Kits born from such relations are named half-Clan, and are usually not trusted.[17]
  • Medicine cats, either male or female, are not allowed to take mates,[18] in order to be fully dedicated to their medicine cat duties, though this rule is often broken. (ie. Crowfeather and Leafpool,[4] Yellowfang and Raggedstar.[19])
  • Apprentices do not take mates[20] because they are too young, and that if females were to give birth to kits, it would distract them from their duties, though they do sometimes show affection.[21]

Related Romances

There are a variant relationships with similar aspects to mates, either in mutual affection, mutual displays of affection, and/or breaking the warrior code to meet with another Clan cat at night. However, these couplings are never considered official mates for varying reasons and never resulted in kits. Keep in mind, none of these cats ever become mates, but it is largely hinted that they might of become mates later. Main examples of these are:

Reasons

Common reasons why these aren't true mates are the following:

  • One or both were apprentices at the time and too young for a mate. (Lionpaw and Heatherpaw,[24] Dovepaw and Tigerheart initially)[27]
  • It was forbidden by the warrior code and one or both would refuse to break it. (Spottedleaf and Firestar)[31]
  • Were never in an official relationship. (Jayfeather and Half Moon,[25] Squirrelflight and Ashfur, [32] Bramblestar and Jessy)[28]
  • Were never clearly described as mates or resulted in kits. (Dovewing and Tigerheart[33] and Tallstar and Jake)[34]
  • Author realized they were related. (Foxleap and Rosepetal)[35]

List of Mates

ThunderClan


WindClan

RiverClan


ShadowClan


SkyClan


Half-Clan


Clanless Cats


Tribe / Ancient Lake Cats



References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 7-8
  2. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 231-234
  3. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 142
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Sight, page 353
  5. Revealed in Sunrise, page 235
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 235
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 449
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 52
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 361
  11. Revealed in Escape from the Forest, page 9
  12. Revealed in Twilight, page 280
  13. Revealed in Starlight, page 235
  14. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 289
  15. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 87
  16. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 7
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  18. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 131
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 67
  20. Strongly suggested in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  21. Example: When Dovewing was an apprentice, she showed affection for Tigerheart
  22. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  23. Revealed in Twilight, page 182
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Dark River, page 241
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 261
  26. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 107
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 110
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 461
  29. Revealed on Kate's blog
  30. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  31. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 401
  32. Revealed in Sunset, page 62
  33. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 233
  34. Revealed on Kate's blog
  35. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  36. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  37. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  38. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 44-45
  39. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  40. Revealed in Sunset, pages 61-62
  41. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  43. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  44. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  45. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 87
  46. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  47. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  48. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 141
  49. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  50. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 216
  51. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  52. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  53. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  54. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  55. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  56. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  57. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  58. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 278
  59. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  60. Revealed in After Sunset: We Need to Talk
  61. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  62. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 25
  63. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 171
  64. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 472
  65. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  66. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 176
  67. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 20
  68. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 57
  69. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 440
  70. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  71. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  72. Revealed on Victoria Holmes Letter 2
  73. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 465
  74. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  75. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 321
  76. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 1
  77. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 150
  78. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 405
  79. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 149
  80. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
  81. Revealed on Warrior's Wish
  82. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 7-8
  83. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 11
  84. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 292
  85. 85.0 85.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 467
  86. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  87. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 69
  88. Revealed in Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar, page 3
  89. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 15
  90. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 257
  91. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  92. Revealed in The Rescue, page 7
  93. Revealed on the Official Forum
  94. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  95. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  96. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  97. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 372
  98. Revealed in After the Flood, page 17
  99. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 72
  100. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  101. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 120-121
  102. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  103. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  104. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 3
  105. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 54
  106. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 11
  107. Revealed in Dawn, page 229
  108. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  109. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  110. Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 34
  111. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
  112. Revealed in the Warriors App
  113. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 5
  114. Revealed in Sunset, page 193
  115. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 152
  116. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 23
  117. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 220
  118. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 95
  119. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  120. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 218
  121. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  122. Revealed on Kate's blog
  123. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 277
  124. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 215
  125. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 33
  126. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  127. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  128. Revealed in The Sight, pages 22-23
  129. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 23

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