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Mate is the Clan terminology for a partnership between two cats.


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, or misunderstanding. (Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw in Starlight)[13]
  • Disappointment in their mate's actions or behavior. (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]

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][21] 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.[22]

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 have 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,[25] Dovepaw and Tigerheart initially)[32]
  • It was forbidden by the warrior code and one or both would refuse to break it. (Spottedleaf and Firestar)[37]
  • Were never in an official relationship. (Jayfeather and Half Moon,[26] Squirrelflight and Ashfur,[38] Bramblestar and Jessy)[33]
  • Were never clearly described as mates or resulted in kits. (Dovewing and Tigerheart,[39] Dappletail and Stormtail,[40] and Tallstar and Jake)[41]
  • Author realized they were related. (Foxleap and Rosepetal)[42]
  • Author discrepancies. (Hollyleaf and Fallen Leaves)[43][44][45][46]

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. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 19
  22. Example: When Dovewing was an apprentice, she showed affection for Tigerheart
  23. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  24. Revealed in Twilight, page 182
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Dark River, page 241
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 261
  27. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  28. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  29. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  30. [1]
  31. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 107
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 110
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 461
  34. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 392
  35. Revealed on Kate's blog
  36. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  37. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 401
  38. Revealed in Sunset, page 62
  39. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 233
  40. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  41. Revealed on Kate's blog
  42. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  43. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  44. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  45. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  46. [2]
  47. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  48. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  49. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 44-45
  50. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  51. Revealed in Sunset, pages 61-62
  52. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  53. 53.0 53.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  54. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  55. Revealed in Sunrise, page 210
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  57. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 87
  58. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  59. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  60. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  61. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 141
  62. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 216
  63. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  64. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  65. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  66. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  67. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  68. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  69. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  70. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  71. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  72. Revealed on [ Kate's official blog]
  73. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 278
  74. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  75. Revealed on Kate's blog
  76. Revealed in After Sunset: We Need to Talk
  77. Revealed in a letter
  78. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  79. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 25
  80. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 106
  81. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 472
  82. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  83. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 176
  84. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 20
  85. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 57
  86. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 440
  87. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  88. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  89. Revealed on Victoria Holmes Letter 2
  90. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 465
  91. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  92. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 321
  93. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 1
  94. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 56
  95. Revealed on Kate's blog
  96. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 150
  97. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 405
  98. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 149
  99. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
  100. Revealed on Warrior's Wish
  101. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 7-8
  102. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 11
  103. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 292
  104. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 151
  105. 105.0 105.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  106. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  107. 107.0 107.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 467
  108. Revealed on Kate's blog
  109. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 69
  110. Revealed in Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar, page 3
  111. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 292
  112. Kate's Blog
  113. Kate's Blog
  114. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 15
  115. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 257
  116. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  117. Revealed in The Rescue, page 7
  118. Revealed on the Official Forum
  119. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  120. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  121. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  122. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 372
  123. Revealed in After the Flood, page 17
  124. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 72
  125. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 194
  126. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 250
  127. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 98
  128. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 17
  129. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  130. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  131. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 120-121
  132. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  133. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  134. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 3
  135. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 54
  136. Kate's blog]
  137. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 11
  138. Revealed in Dawn, page 229
  139. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  140. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  141. Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 34
  142. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
  143. Revealed in the Warriors App
  144. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 439
  145. Revealed in Sunset, page 193
  146. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 152
  147. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 23
  148. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  149. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 220
  150. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 215
  151. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 95
  152. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  153. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 218
  154. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  155. Revealed on Kate's blog
  156. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 277
  157. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 33
  158. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 23
  159. Revealed in A Forest Divided: Bonus Scene, page 3
  160. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  161. Revealed in The Sight, pages 22-23

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