"Any more politeness and I'd starve to death."
— Jay annoyed with every cat being too nice to her in Tallstar's Revenge, page 349

Jay is a mangy[4] black-and-white she-cat[5] with a grizzled,[1] graying muzzle, and no teeth.[4]


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

When Talltail and Jake are captured by Marmalade and Pixie, the former suggests that they should take the two cats to Jay, to see what she suggests. Talltail notices the elderly cat, and Pixie reports that they found the two cats messing around in the alley. Jay is annoyed that Pixie and Marmalade are bothering her with trespassers, but entertains them with her presence anyways. Jake tries to defend them, saying that he and Talltail haven't come to start a fight. Red, another lone cat, wonders why they are there, and Jay replies that she doesn't know, and explains that Pixie and Marmalade brought them.
Talltail apologies for bothering the elderly cat, and explains why he is there- to ask Jay a question about Sparrow and the other rogues who visited WindClan. Upon noticing Jake, Jay asks why a kittypet would be traveling with a Clan cat. When Talltail says that Jake likes Clan cats, Jay's eyes cloud, and she recalls another cat who also liked Clan cats.
After her comment, she tries to tear into her prey, although unsuccessfully. Jake, upon seeing this, approaches the elderly, toothless she-cat, and offers to help tear up her prey. She likes this, and snaps at the other cats for not thinking of the idea before Jake. After prompting from Jake, Jay allows Talltail to ask his questions. He asks about the rogues, and Jay says that she knows who they are, recalling how Red found them hunting in their territory. Although she doesn't remember the exact amount of time that has passed since she saw them, Red and the others manage to give Talltail a rough estimate. With this, Jay dismisses Talltail and Jake, and tells them to leave, but not before thanking Jake for his help with her dinner.

Yellowfang's Secret

Jay is seen with Boulder, Pixie, Red, Marmalade, and various other rogues and kittypets. She is hostile towards Yellowpaw and Raggedpelt when they are brought to her, although it's also noted that she isn't just snappy towards newcomers, but is also extremely snappy with every cat around her, which includes young Boulder. Yellowpaw thinks that although the group of cats didn't look like a Clan, that Jay could have been a kind of leader for them, and they looked up to her because of her old age. She reprimands Boulder for pondering what it would be like to live outside of the fences of Twolegplace, although the gray cat is reassured by an unnamed black she-cat, who says that Jay is just being bossy.
Yellowpaw expresses an interest in asking Jay if she happens to know about a ShadowClan warrior named Featherstorm. The elderly she-cat tells Raggedpelt and Yellowpaw they they are allowed to ask her one question. Raggedpelt, however, thinks that asking about his mother and her possible mate is a bad idea, and tells Yellowpaw that they should leave. The apprentice, however, isn't discouraged by the old kittypet's attitude, even after being rebuked for not speaking loudly enough. Yellowpaw raises her voice and asks the kittypets and rogues present if any of them know a cat associated with Featherstorm. Although the question provokes a flinching reaction from a brown-and-white tabby she-cat, every cat present, including Jay, shake their heads, not knowing the cat whom Yellowpaw and Raggedpelt wish to find out more about.

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"Why are you bothering me with trespassers?"
―Jay, who is annoyed her meal was interrupted Tallstar's Revenge, page 345

Talltail: "I'm sorry to bother you, but Jake said you're the only cat who knows everything that happens around here."
Jay: "That's true enough."
—Talltail speaking to Jay Tallstar's Revenge, page 347

Jay: "Why is a Clan cat traveling with a kittypet?"
Talltail: "He likes Clan cats, that's all."
Jay: "Clan cats. I knew a cat once who liked Clan cats."
—Jay wistfully remembering another kittypet Tallstar's Revenge, pages 347-348

Jay: "Why couldn't one of you think of that?"
Jake: "I'm sure they did. But they were too polite to offer."
Jay: "Any more politeness, and I'd starve to death."
Jake: "Can Talltail ask you those questions now?"
Jay: "About the rogues? Go on."
—Jay accepting help from Jake and allowing Talltail to ask his questions Tallstar's Revenge, page 348

"You should go too before you wear out my ears with questions."
―Jay telling Talltail and Jake to leave her Tallstar's Revenge, page 350

"Maybe they look up to her, because she's so old."
―Yellowpaw's thoughts about Jay Yellowfang's Secret, page 97

"Don't let Jay worry you. She's just a bossy old furball."
―A black she-cat telling Boulder not to worry Yellowfang's Secret, page 97

"Sit down and be quiet. No one wants to hear you meowing non-stop about the forest."
―Jay snapping at Boulder Yellowfang's Secret, page 97

Jay: "Questions, you said? All right, you can ask one. Let's hear it."
Raggedpelt: "I told you this was a dumb idea. Let's go."
Yellowpaw: "No! One question is all it will take. We're looking for a cat who knew a forest cat called Featherstorm. We-"
Jay: "Speak up, can't you? I don't know what's the matter with you young cats. You always mumble into your fur."
—Yellowpaw and Raggedpelt questioning Jay about Raggedpelt's father Yellowfang's Secret, pages 97-98

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 97
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 350
  3. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 7
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 345
  5. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
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