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This article contains major spoilers for the recently released book, River. Please proceed at your own discretion.

Mate is the terminology used to describe a romantic partnership between cats.

Taking a mate

Two cats are usually considered mates after spending some time together, being 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.[5][6]

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:

  • Things did not work out between them,[10] or have feelings for another.[11][17]
  • Ending a relationship of forbidden love by mutual agreement, recognizing that loyalty to their Clan is more important than their love.[18]
  • One or both get blamed for a tragedy.[19]
  • Disagreements, mistrust, or misunderstanding.[20]
  • Disappointment in their mate's actions or behavior.[13]
  • One of the cats leave the Clan.[21]
  • One of the cats dies.[22]

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,[23] as such pairings are considered a sign of disloyalty.[24] Kits born from such relations are named half-Clan, and they are usually discriminated and not trusted.[24]
    • This rule was overturned in River with additions being made to the warrior code.[25]
  • Medicine cats, either male or female, are not allowed to take mates,[26] 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).[27]

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 couples are never considered official mates for varying reasons and never resulted in kits. Main examples of these include:

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[45]
    • Alderheart and Velvet[41]
    • Bristlefrost and Rootspring[42]
  • Were never in an official relationship:
    • Jayfeather and Half Moon[31]
    • Squirrelflight and Ashfur[46]
    • Bramblestar and Jessy[36]
    • Harveymoon and Mintfur[47]
    • Feathertail and Crowfeather[43][48]
  • Were never clearly described as mates within the series or related media:
    • Dappletail and Stormtail[49]
    • Needletail and Rain[50]
    • Tallstar and Jake[51]

List of mates

ThunderClan


WindClan


RiverClan


ShadowClan


SkyClan


Half-Clan


Clanless cats


Tribe of Rushing Water cats


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 Tallstar's Revenge
  6. After her mate Sandgorse’s death, Palebird took a new mate, Woollytail.
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 452
  8. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 356
  9. Revealed on Kate Cary's Twitter
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 235
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 449
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 52
  14. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 361
  15. Revealed in Escape from the Forest, page 9
  16. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 354
  17. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, pages 6-7
  18. Revealed in Twilight, page 280
  19. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 25
  20. Revealed in Starlight, page 235
  21. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 289
  22. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 87
  23. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 7
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  25. Revealed in River, chapter 4
  26. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 131
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 316
  28. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  29. Revealed in Twilight, page 182
  30. Revealed in Dark River, page 241
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 261
  32. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  33. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  34. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  35. [1]
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 461
  37. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 201
  38. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 392
  39. Revealed on Kate's blog
  40. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 18
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 250-251
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 3
  44. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  45. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 401
  46. Revealed in Sunset, page 62
  47. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  48. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  49. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  50. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 93
  51. Revealed on Kate's blog
  52. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  53. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  54. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  55. [2]
  56. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  57. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  58. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 44-45
  59. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  60. Revealed in Sunset, pages 61-62
  61. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  62. 62.0 62.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  63. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  64. Revealed in Darkest Night, pages 72-73
  65. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 26
  66. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  67. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 4
  68. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  69. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 87
  70. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  71. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 107
  72. 72.0 72.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 223
  73. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  74. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 141
  75. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  76. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 1
  77. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  78. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 216
  79. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  80. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  81. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  82. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  83. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 51
  84. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  85. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  86. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 4
  87. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 249
  88. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  89. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 278
  90. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  91. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  92. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  93. Revealed in After Sunset: We Need to Talk
  94. Revealed in a letter
  95. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 15
  96. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  97. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 227
  98. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 25
  99. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 472
  100. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 106
  101. 101.0 101.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  102. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 176
  103. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 20
  104. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 440
  105. Vicky's Facebook Page
  106. Vicky's Facebook Page
  107. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  108. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  109. 109.0 109.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  110. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 9
  111. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 465
  112. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 346
  113. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  114. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 321
  115. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  116. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 1
  117. Revealed on the Warrior Cats website
  118. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 56
  119. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 189
  120. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 150
  121. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 405
  122. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 149
  123. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
  124. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 7-8
  125. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 11
  126. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 292
  127. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  128. Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 1
  129. 129.0 129.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 467
  130. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  131. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 334
  132. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  133. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 341-342
  134. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 261
  135. Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  136. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 292
  137. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  138. Revealed in River, page 33
  139. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 335
  140. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 347
  141. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 20
  142. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 15
  143. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 257
  144. Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 2
  145. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  146. Revealed in The Rescue, page 7
  147. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  148. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  149. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 266
  150. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  151. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 250
  152. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 98
  153. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  154. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  155. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 372
  156. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 17
  157. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 194
  158. Revealed in After the Flood, page 17
  159. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 183
  160. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  161. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 23
  162. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 72
  163. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  164. Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  165. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  166. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  167. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  168. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 301
  169. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 5
  170. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 3
  171. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 19
  172. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 54
  173. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 11
  174. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  175. Revealed in River, page 221
  176. Revealed in Dawn, page 229
  177. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 7
  178. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  179. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  180. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 9
  181. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 246
  182. Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 34
  183. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 84
  184. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
  185. Revealed in the Warriors App
  186. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 439
  187. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  188. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 244
  189. Revealed in Daisy's Kin, chapter 2
  190. Revealed in Sunset, page 193
  191. Revealed in Starlight, page 227
  192. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 246
  193. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 23
  194. Revealed in Beyond the Code, page 57
  195. 195.0 195.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  196. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  197. Revealed in The Sight, pages 22-23
  198. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 220
  199. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 95
  200. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  201. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 184
  202. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 218
  203. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 277
  204. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 215
  205. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 33
  206. Revealed in A Forest Divided: Bonus Scene, page 3
  207. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  208. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 23

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