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Mate is the Clan terminology for a partnership between two cats.

Taking a mate

Two cats are usually considered mates after spending some time together, and are seen sharing tongues often, and after some kind of confession of love, or asking them if they would like to be mates. Usually when cats are apprentices or warriors, they will show some sort of affection toward a certain cat. Clan cats usually take a mate from the same Clan, although there are examples of pairings from different Clans or groups. However, sometimes cats from different Clans will mate secretly despite it being against the warrior code.[1] Examples are Bluestar and Oakheart,[2] Silverstream and Graystripe,[3] or Leafpool and Crowfeather.[4] It is not unusual for a cat to have more than one mate. After a while, if they stop showing affection, or if their mate dies, they will usually take on a new mate.[source?]

Breaking up

In the Warriors universe, breaking up is fairly rare, but can happen. Some examples of mates who broke up:

Reasons

Mates may break up mainly for the following reasons:

  • They decide they are not suited for each other anymore, truly love one another,[6] or has feelings for another.[7]
  • Ending a relationship of forbidden love by mutual agreement, recognizing that loyalty to their Clan is more important than their love.[13]
  • Disagreements, mistrust, or misunderstanding.[14]
  • Disappointment in their mate's actions or behavior.[9]
  • One of the cats leave the Clan.[15]
  • One of the cats dies.[16]

Restrictions

  • Taking a cat from another Clan (or a non-Clan cat) as mate is implicitly forbidden by the first rule of The warrior code,[17] as such pairings are considered a sign of disloyalty.[18] Kits born from such relations are named half-Clan, and are usually not trusted.[18]
  • Medicine cats, either male or female, are not allowed to take mates,[19] in order to be fully dedicated to their medicine cat duties, though this rule has been broken before. (ie. Crowfeather and Leafpool,[4] Yellowfang and Raggedstar.[20])

Unofficial romances

There are a variant relationships with similar aspects to mates, either in mutual affection, mutual displays of affection, and/or breaking the warrior code to meet with another Clan cat at night. However, these couplings are never considered official mates for varying reasons and never resulted in kits. Main examples of these are:

Reasons

Common reasons why these aren't true mates are the following:

  • It was forbidden by the warrior code and one or both would refuse to break it. (Spottedleaf and Firestar)[31]
  • Were never in an official relationship. (Jayfeather and Half Moon,[24] Squirrelflight and Ashfur,[32] Bramblestar and Jessy[25], Alderheart and Velvet)[30]
  • Were never clearly described as mates or resulted in kits. (Dappletail and Stormtail,[33] Needletail and Rain,[34] Tallstar and Jake)[35]
  • Author realized they were related. (Foxleap and Rosepetal)[36]

List of mates

ThunderClan


WindClan


RiverClan


ShadowClan


SkyClan


Half-Clan


Clanless cats


Tribe / Ancient cats


Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 7-8
  2. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 231-234
  3. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 142
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Sight, page 353
  5. Revealed in Sunrise, page 235
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 235
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 449
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 52
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 361
  11. Revealed in Escape from the Forest, page 9
  12. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 354
  13. Revealed in Twilight, page 280
  14. Revealed in Starlight, page 235
  15. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 289
  16. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 87
  17. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 7
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  19. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 131
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 67
  21. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  22. Revealed in Twilight, page 182
  23. Revealed in Dark River, page 241
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 261
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 461
  26. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 201
  27. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 392
  28. Revealed on Kate's blog
  29. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 18
  31. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 401
  32. Revealed in Sunset, page 62
  33. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  34. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 93
  35. Revealed on Kate's blog
  36. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  37. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  38. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  39. Revealed in Sunrise, page 210
  40. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 44-45
  41. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  42. Revealed in Sunset, pages 61-62
  43. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  44. 44.0 44.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  45. Revealed in Darkest Night, pages 72-73
  46. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  47. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  48. 48.00 48.01 48.02 48.03 48.04 48.05 48.06 48.07 48.08 48.09 48.10 48.11 48.12 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  49. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 87
  50. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  51. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 107
  52. 52.0 52.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 223
  53. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  54. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 141
  55. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  56. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 1
  57. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 216
  58. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  59. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  60. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  61. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  62. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  63. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  64. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  65. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 4
  66. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 249
  67. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 278
  68. Revealed on [1]
  69. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  70. Revealed on Kate's blog
  71. Revealed in After Sunset: We Need to Talk
  72. Revealed in a letter
  73. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 15
  74. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  75. Revealed on Kate's blog
  76. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 25
  77. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 472
  78. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 106
  79. 79.0 79.1 79.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  80. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  81. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 176
  82. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 20
  83. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 57
  84. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 440
  85. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  86. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  87. Revealed on Victoria Holmes Letter 2
  88. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 465
  89. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  90. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 321
  91. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 1
  92. Kate's Blog
  93. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 56
  94. Revealed on Kate's blog
  95. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 189
  96. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 150
  97. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 405
  98. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 149
  99. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
  100. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 7-8
  101. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 11
  102. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 292
  103. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  104. 104.0 104.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 467
  105. Revealed on Kate's blog
  106. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 69
  107. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 261
  108. Revealed in Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar, page 3
  109. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 292
  110. Kate's Blog
  111. Kate's Blog
  112. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 20
  113. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 15
  114. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 257
  115. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  116. Revealed in The Rescue, page 7
  117. Revealed on the Official Forum
  118. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  119. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  120. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 250
  121. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 98
  122. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  123. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 372
  124. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 17
  125. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 194
  126. Revealed in After the Flood, page 17
  127. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 183
  128. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  129. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 23
  130. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 72
  131. Revealed in an unknown book, undefined
  132. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  133. Kate's blog]
  134. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 120-121
  135. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  136. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  137. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  138. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 5
  139. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 3
  140. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 19
  141. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 54
  142. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 11
  143. Revealed in Dawn, page 229
  144. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 7
  145. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  146. 146.0 146.1 Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 34
  147. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 84
  148. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
  149. Revealed in the Warriors App
  150. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 439
  151. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 244
  152. Revealed in Sunset, page 193
  153. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 152
  154. Revealed on Kate's blog
  155. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 246
  156. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 23
  157. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  158. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 9
  159. Revealed in Beyond the Code, page 57
  160. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 220
  161. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 95
  162. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  163. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 184
  164. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 218
  165. 165.0 165.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  166. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 277
  167. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 215
  168. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 33
  169. Revealed in A Forest Divided: Bonus Scene, page 3
  170. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  171. Revealed in The Sight, pages 22-23
  172. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  173. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 23
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