|"Don't take any notice of Featherwhisker...He teases all the cats. It's one of the privileges of being medicine cat."|
|— Larksong to Bluekit and Snowkit in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 22-23|
Featherwhisker was a ThunderClan medicine cat who has served under Pinestar's, Sunstar's, and Bluestar's leaderships in the forest territories. He was born as Featherkit to Larksong and Flamenose alongside his brother, Sunkit. He was apprenticed to Goosefeather as Featherpaw and soon earned his full name of Featherwhisker. He showed himself to be competent and was well respected by his Clanmates. After Goosefeather began to get lazy, he slowly took over duties as lead medicine cat. Featherwhisker implied he knew the true sire of Bluefur's kits and took Spottedleaf on as his own apprentice. By putting his patients before himself, Featherwhisker died due to greencough.
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- "Thistleclaw will teach them how to be a fierce warrior. But who will teach him that softness and strength can exist together? And that loyalty to the Clan comes from the heart, not through teeth and claws?"
- ―Featherwhisker to Bluefur about Thistleclaw Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
- "Warriors face many challenges, but the warrior code protects them, Spottedpaw. No cat should ever be killed, even in the heat of battle. We fight to defend our borders, not maim the cats on the other side. [...] Battles are just a very small part of our lives. A true warrior has more love in her heart than hatred. Love for her Clanmates, for the forest that shelters her, for the prey that feeds us all."
- ―Featherwhisker to Spottedpaw Spottedleaf's Heart, page chapter 7
- In Spottedleaf's Heart, Spottedpaw, a young apprentice, takes an interest in the path of medicine, and Featherwhisker is delighted to help teach her, and Spottedpaw enjoys helping him out with his duties. He eventually becomes her mentor when she decides to switch from being a warrior.
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|Featherpaw's medicine cat apprentice ceremony|
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- Moth Flight's Vision (Vision or Dream)
- Pinestar's Choice
- Goosefeather's Curse
- Tallstar's Revenge (Allegiance only)
- Yellowfang's Secret
- Crookedstar's Promise (Mentioned only)
- Bluestar's Prophecy †
- Spottedleaf's Heart
- Redtail's Debt
- Secrets of the Clans (First appearance; retconned)
- The Ultimate Guide
- Despite already having his full medicine cat name while Patchpelt and Leopardfoot are still kits in Bluestar's Prophecy, he is still called Featherpaw at the beginning of Yellowfang's Secret, when Patchpelt and Leopardfoot are already apprentices.
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Featherwhisker is listed as one of ThunderClan's significant medicine cats under Sunstar's leadership, whom is his own brother. He is described as gentle, sweet-natured, and a kind mentor, which he passed on his compassion and deep connection with StarClan to his apprentice, Spottedleaf. He worked tirelessly to save his Clanmates during a greencough epidemic, which killed him. He is also described with long, feathery whiskers.
- "One kit's scent will smell like curiosity. Two kit's scents will smell like nosiness."
- ―Featherwhisker telling Bluekit and Snowkit to stay out of Pinestar's den Bluestar's Prophecy, page 21
- "Thistleclaw will teach him how to be a fierce warrior. But who will teach him that softness and strength can exist together? And that loyalty to the Clan comes from the heart, not through teeth and claws?"
- ―Featherwhisker encouraging Bluefur to teach Whitekit Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
- "So you're not letting the father decide on any of the names? You always were determined, Bluefur."
- ―Featherwhisker to Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy, page 466
- Spottedpaw: "But we won't always be fighting our Clanmates, will we? One day I'll be fighting a real enemy, and I'll have to use my claws and my teeth and everything I've learned just to survive..."
- Featherwhisker: "Warriors face many challenges, but the warrior code protects them, Spottedpaw. No cat should ever be killed, even in the heat of battle. We fight to defend our borders, not maim the cats on the other side."
- Spottedleaf's Heart, page chapter 7
Notes and references
- Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
- Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 507
- Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
- Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
- Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 22-23
- Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 463
- Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 332
- Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 1
- Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 4
- Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 4
- Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 25