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Medicine cats are Clan cats who treat diseases and injuries. They also receive and interpret omens and prophecies from StarClan.[1] They are highly respected cats by all the Clans.[2]




Description

Medicine cats are Clan cats who treat diseases and injuries, and who receive directions and guidance from StarClan.[1] They have their own den in their Clan's camp, where they sleep, store herbs, and treat wounded or sick cats.[3] Medicine cats are not allowed to take mates or have kits.[4] They are expected to stand apart from Clan rivalries.[5] Medicine cats have a special way of getting their full name,[6] including that this ceremony is performed by the apprentice's mentor instead of the Clan leader, and at the next half-moon meeting at their sacred Moonstone or Moonpool with the other Clans' medicine cats to cheer their new name, instead of right away in their Clan with their own Clanmates to cheer their new name.<ref>Starlight page 285-287</ref> For example, Leafpool was named so because she found the Moonpool.[7] They are deeply respected by their Clanmates and few cats dare to argue with them.[8]

Tasks

Some of a medicine cat's tasks are:

  • Knowing all of the herbs and store a supply of them in their den[9]
  • Treating wounded and sick cats[10]
  • Assisting queens while they are pregnant with kits, giving birth, or nursing them[11]
  • Check up regularly on the health of Clan cats, (especially queens, elders, and kits)[12]
  • Visiting the Clans' sacred place (such as the Moonstone or Moonpool) at every half moon to seek guidance from StarClan[13]
  • Interpreting prophecies and omens and sharing them with the Clan leader[14]
  • Upon the death of the Clan leader, accompany the deputy to the Moonstone or Moonpool to be appointed as the new leader[15]
  • Training an apprentice as the Clan's next medicine cat[16]
  • Bearing the knowledge of basic battle training in case they need them[17]
  • To visit StarClan when in a crisis that requires direct communication with StarClan.[18]

Appointment and Education

Kits who wish to become medicine cats are apprenticed at the age of six moons to the Clan's current medicine cat.[19] They are introduced to StarClan as a medicine cat apprentice at the first half moon after they gain apprenticeship.[20] They earn their name at the Moonstone or Moonpool after successfully completing their training,[21] assuming full responsibilities even while their mentor is still alive.[2]

When an apprentice, the mentor (or full medicine cat), has them do tasks that prepare them for being a full time medicine cat.[22] The apprentice has to gather herbs, get water, or do other useful things.[23] They are expected to watch carefully when their mentor is treating a cat, so that when the time comes, they can do it, too.[24]

It is also revealed in Night Whispers that ShadowClan trains their medicine cats to fight like warriors,[25] and ThunderClan medicine cats occasionally train their apprentices some fighting moves, such as Cinderpelt training Leafpool (as Leafpaw).<ref>Moonrise page 100</ref>

Special Cases

Some cats have been known to exchange their life as a warrior to be a medicine cat (for instance Littlecloud,[26] Hawkheart,[27] Jayfeather,[28] Mudfur,[29] Mothwing,[30], or Yellowfang[31]) or life-altering experiences may cause them to take that path (for instance, Cinderpelt[32]) but this is considered to be very uncommon.[33]

Though most medicine cats believe in StarClan, a few rare exceptions (i.e. Mothwing), have become medicine cats despite their lack of belief.[34]

Medicine cats usually keep their role until they die, with the exception of Goosefeather,[35] Leafpool,[36] and Runningnose.[37]However, Leafpool did return to her medicine cat role after the issue of having kits was settled in the very end of The Last Hope, and she was a ThunderClan medicine cat again instead of a warrior along with her former apprentice, Jayfeather, in Bramblestar's Storm.[38]

While medicine cats are not permitted to have mates or kits, cats that have previously had and lost a mate may become medicine cats if they choose, even if they still have kits (i.e, Mudfur).[39]

Featherwhisker was also taught to hunt for prey even though it didn't follow the basic duties.[40]

The Tribe of Rushing Water

In the Tribe of Rushing Water, the leader and the medicine cat are the same cat, known as the Healer, Stoneteller, or Teller of the Pointed Stones.[41] The leader can receive omens from the Tribe of Endless Hunting,[42] just as Clan medicine cats receive dreams from StarClan.[43]

Trivia

  • Kate thinks that the rule of having two medicine cats was not ever a rule.[44]
  • It is possible that StarClan has a lot to do with cats being born with the ability to communicate with them, and that they are too wise to have too many talented cats born at once.[45]


See Also

References & Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 49
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 50
  3. Revealed in The Sight, page 62
  4. Revealed in Starlight, page 272
  5. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 54
  6. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1
  7. Revealed in Starlight, page 277
  8. Revealed in Eclipse, page 237
  9. Revealed in The Sight, page 315
  10. Revealed in Dawn, page 176
  11. Revealed in Twilight, page 311
  12. Revealed in Sunrise, page 102
  13. Revealed in The Sight, page 179
  14. Revealed in Midnight, page 112
  15. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 35
  16. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 84
  17. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 240
  18. Revealed in Sunrise, page 78
  19. Revealed in Sunset, page 151
  20. Revealed in Sunset, page 199
  21. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 253
  22. Revealed in Dark River, page 101
  23. Revealed in Dark River, page 205
  24. Revealed in The Sight, page 163
  25. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 64
  26. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 55
  27. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 129
  28. Revealed in The Sight, page 260
  29. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 374
  30. Revealed in Midnight, page 50
  31. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 364
  32. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 175
  33. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 91
  34. Revealed in Starlight, page 39
  35. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 470
  36. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 306-207
  37. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  38. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  39. Revealed in the Warriors App
  40. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 222
  41. Revealed in Outcast, page 52
  42. Revealed in Outcast, page 53
  43. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 102
  44. Revealed on Kate's blog
  45. Revealed on Kate's blog


Hierarchy and Groups in the Warriors World
Clan Hierarchy KitsApprenticesWarriorsDeputiesLeadersQueensEldersMedicine Cats
Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine CatName Changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-BesCave-GuardsPrey Hunters‎Kit MothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan InformationGeneral Tribe InformationCat Names
Other Groups LonersRoguesBloodClanCats of the ParkThe Early SettlersClear Sky's GroupTall Shadow's Group

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