Medicine cats are Clan cats who treat diseases and injuries, and who receive directions and guidance from StarClan. They have their own den in their Clan's camp, where they sleep, store herbs, and treat wounded or sick cats. Medicine cats are not allowed to take mates or have kits. They are expected to stand apart from Clan rivalries. Medicine cats have a special way of getting their full name, 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. They are deeply respected by their Clanmates and few cats dare to argue with them.
Some of a medicine cat's tasks are:
- Knowing all of the herbs and store a supply of them in their den
- Treating wounded and sick cats
- Assisting queens while they are pregnant with kits, giving birth, or nursing them
- Check up regularly on the health of Clan cats, (especially queens, elders, and kits)
- Visiting the Clans' sacred place (such as the Moonstone or Moonpool) at every half moon to seek guidance from StarClan
- Interpreting prophecies and omens and sharing them with the Clan leader
- Upon the death of the Clan leader, accompany the deputy to the Moonstone or Moonpool to be appointed as the new leader
- Training an apprentice as the Clan's next medicine cat
- Bearing the knowledge of basic battle training in case they need them
- To visit StarClan when in a crisis that requires direct communication with StarClan.
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. They are introduced to StarClan as a medicine cat apprentice at the first half moon after they gain apprenticeship. They earn their name at the Moonstone or Moonpool after successfully completing their training, assuming full responsibilities even while their mentor is still alive.
When an apprentice, the mentor (or full medicine cat), has them do tasks that prepare them for being a full time medicine cat. The apprentice has to gather herbs, get water, or do other useful things. They are expected to watch carefully when their mentor is treating a cat, so that when the time comes, they can do it, too.
It is also revealed in Night Whispers that ShadowClan trains their medicine cats to fight like warriors, and ThunderClan medicine cats occasionally train their apprentices some fighting moves, such as Cinderpelt training Leafpool (as Leafpaw).<ref>Moonrise page 100</ref>
Some cats have been known to exchange their life as a warrior to be a medicine cat (for instance Littlecloud, Hawkheart, Jayfeather, Mudfur, Mothwing,, or Yellowfang) or life-altering experiences may cause them to take that path (for instance, Cinderpelt) but this is considered to be very uncommon.
Medicine cats usually keep their role until they die, with the exception of Goosefeather, Leafpool, and Runningnose.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.
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. The leader can receive omens from the Tribe of Endless Hunting, just as Clan medicine cats receive dreams from StarClan.
- Kate thinks that the rule of having two medicine cats was not ever a rule.
- 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.
References & Citations
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 49
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 50
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 62
- ↑ Revealed in Starlight, page 272
- ↑ Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 54
- ↑ Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1
- ↑ Revealed in Starlight, page 277
- ↑ Revealed in Eclipse, page 237
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 315
- ↑ Revealed in Dawn, page 176
- ↑ Revealed in Twilight, page 311
- ↑ Revealed in Sunrise, page 102
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 179
- ↑ Revealed in Midnight, page 112
- ↑ Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 35
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 84
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 240
- ↑ Revealed in Sunrise, page 78
- ↑ Revealed in Sunset, page 151
- ↑ Revealed in Sunset, page 199
- ↑ Revealed in Long Shadows, page 253
- ↑ Revealed in Dark River, page 101
- ↑ Revealed in Dark River, page 205
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 163
- ↑ Revealed in Night Whispers, page 64
- ↑ Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 55
- ↑ Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 129
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 260
- ↑ Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 374
- ↑ Revealed in Midnight, page 50
- ↑ Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 364
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 175
- ↑ Revealed in Into the Wild, page 91
- ↑ Revealed in Starlight, page 39
- ↑ Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 470
- ↑ Revealed in Sunrise, pages 306-207
- ↑ Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in the Warriors App
- ↑ Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 222
- ↑ Revealed in Outcast, page 52
- ↑ Revealed in Outcast, page 53
- ↑ Revealed in Night Whispers, page 102
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's blog
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's blog
|Hierarchy and Groups in the Warriors World|
|Clan Hierarchy||Kits • Apprentices • Warriors • Deputies • Leaders • Queens • Elders • Medicine Cats|
|Ceremonies||Vigil • Apprentice • Warrior • Deputy • Leader • Elder • Medicine Cat • Name Changing|
|Tribe Hierarchy||To-Bes • Cave-Guards • Prey Hunters • Kit Mothers • Healer/Stoneteller|
|Miscellaneous||General Clan Information • General Tribe Information • Cat Names|
|Other Groups||Loners • Rogues • BloodClan • Cats of the Park • The Early Settlers • Clear Sky's Group • Tall Shadow's Group|