"Keep the dumb kits. Let them grow up wild. I don't care."
— Tom disowning his kits in The First Battle, page 208

Tom is a big,[5] ragged,[6] broad-shouldered,[7] copper-colored[8] tom[5] with a thick pelt colored like autumn leaves,[9] and a nick in his ear.[10] He has a dark moleskin muzzle,[8] a broad face,[11] and a thick, feathery tail.[12]


In the Dawn of the Clans arc

Thunder Rising

When Turtle Tail returns from Twolegplace, she explains to Gray Wing that another cat had joined her and Bumble not long after she decided to live with the latter. She notes that her Twolegs were carrying a large tom, and that the tom had lived with another Twoleg prior, but one day, they stopped feeding him. Turtle Tail then adds that he went to live with other cats, but they were cooped up together, and notes that his name was Tom. Gray Wing comments that he could never understand Twolegs, as they named a tom Tom, and Turtle Tail continues that Tom then went to live with Bumble and Turtle Tail. Gray Wing inquires if Tom was friendly, and Turtle Tail remarks that they got along, but she had to leave.
Gray Wing notices Turtle Tail's swollen belly, and asks her how it happened. Turtle Tail explains she thought Tom was friendly, but once she was expecting kits, he changed. She notes that he didn't have any plans for the kits, and neither Bumble or Tom would admit something was wrong. Turtle Tail discovered that Bumble was also asked by Tom not to inform Turtle Tail of the truth. When Bumble pleads to join the group, she explains that her injuries were caused by Tom, as he turned against and blamed her for telling Turtle Tail the truth. She also avers that he swiped and scratched her when their Twolegs didn't notice. Once Bumble speaks to Tall Shadow, she explains that Tom was pushing her around, and Tall Shadow asks why he attacked her. Bumble replies that she thought he was angry due to Turtle Tail's departure, and Sparrow Fur asks who Tom is. After that, Tall Shadow asks if there was a way Bumble and Tom could live peacefully together, and Bumble shakes her head, stating that Tall Shadow should be stating that to Tom, and not herself.

The First Battle

Thunder sees Tom at Bumble's grave who asks what his name is, thinking he's plain stupid before realizing his name is Tom. They bicker but then Thunder says something about Turtle Tail. Tom said to fetch her to bring her to him, he then sits down and says he won't leave until he sees her. Turtle Tail finally goes to Bumble's grave with Tall Shadow, Gray Wing, and Thunder to where Tom is and he acts all affectionate. Gray Wing instantly gets jealous but realizes that she is shaking because she's frightened of Tom since he's a bully. Then, Tom says he misses her and their play fights, that catches her attention and she is irritated, saying he was the only one who was ever playing. They start fighting and the others get involved. She says their kits Sparrow Fur, Pebble Heart, and Owl Eyes are scrawny, that they're poor things, nobody wants them, and she wasted her milk on them. He growls about never wanting them anyways. He threatens to come back and finds out that the kits are healthy and are the most loved kits in the hollow. Finally, he just stalks away from the four moor cats after remarking he would've preferred Turtle Tail's death over Bumble's.
Afterwards, Tom eventually comes back and finds the three kits because their mother said to go away while Wind Runner was kitting and they go away with him. He asks if they want to see where he lives and they willingly say yes so he takes them back to Twolegplace with them and this leads to Turtletail's death. Lightning Tail, Thunder, and River Ripple go to Tom's den and tells the kits how terrible it is to live here and shows them the real side of Tom. When Tom learns of Turtle Tail's death, he talks on snidely without any hurt or concern for his former mate. He tries to make his Twolegs bring Lightning Tail into their den and threatens to harm him until he is battered, but it fails. Then he runs out and says he knows where the hollow is and can come get them whenever he wants, and growls to let them grow wild, and he doesn't care at all.
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The Blazing Star

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A Forest Divided

Thunder remembers Tom as a kittypet and the father of Turtle Tail's kits. He remembers that he stole the kits trying to make their mother suffer, who died trying to rescue them.

Path of Stars

Although unnamed, Gray Wing explains to Quiet Rain that she was carrying someone else's kits when they became mates. Quiet Rain asks whose and Gray Wing explains a kittypet, feeling bitter at the memory of the arrogant and selfish tom.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Tom is mentioned on Turtle Tail's page, and it is said Turtle Tail thought she could have a life with him, and became pregnant with his kits.


Interesting Facts

  • Kate has stated on her blog that Tom took the kits not necessarily to abuse them (although she thinks he possibly would have), but to continue having control over Turtle Tail.[13]
    • She also believes that Tom had a sense of ownership over his kits (rather than affection for them) and that meant letting One Eye hurt them was unacceptable.[14]
  • Kate says that Tom probably walks in a kittypet sky after his death, where gentler kittypets are teaching him to be kinder.[15]


  • He was mistakenly called ginger,[16] and orange.[17]

Character Pixels

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Turtle Tail (formerly):[18] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Owlstar:[18] Deceased, Verifed StarClan member
Pebbleheart:[18] Deceased, Residence Unknown


Sparrow Fur:[18] Living (As of Thunderstar's Echo)


Gray Wing
Turtle Tail
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Sparrow Fur

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Gray Wing: "So, how did that happen?"
Turtle Tail: "How do you think it happened? I made a mistake. I missed you all so much. Tom seemed strong and friendly, I thought I could move on and make a new life with him. But when I realized I was expecting kits, he...changed."
Gray Wing: "If he hurt you..."
Turtle Tail: "Oh, no! Tom was still friendly, but he didn't want to make any plans for the kits with me. And Bumble seemed uncomfortable any time I mentioned them. But neither of them would admit that anything was wrong."
—Turtle Tail on Tom after she became pregnant Thunder Rising, page 19

"It was Tom. He turned against me once you left, because he blamed me for telling you the truth. He's been bullying me; he swipes and scratches at me, but he's clever enough to do it where the Twolegs won't notice unless they look really hard."
—Bumble explaining to Turtle Tail and Gray Wing where her injuries came from Thunder Rising, page chapter 8

Lightning Tail: "Never come near the moor again. You'll regret it. Your kits will remember you as the cat who killed their mother. They won't follow you next time, and if any of us see you again, we'll shred you."
Thunder: "We'll shred you now, if you like."
—Lightning Tail and Thunder threatening Tom and warning him to never show his face again The First Battle, page 208

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 42
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 18
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 41
  4. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 105
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 17
  6. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page Chapter 5
  7. Revealed in The First Battle, page 146
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 108
  9. Revealed in The First Battle, page 123
  10. Revealed in The First Battle, page 126
  11. Revealed in The First Battle, page 125
  12. Revealed in The First Battle, page 124
  13. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  14. Revealed on Kate's Facebook.
  15. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  16. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 40
  17. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 88
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176