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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, and 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]
  • Medicine cats, either male or female, are not allowed to take mates,[25] 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).[26]

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[44]
    • Alderheart and Velvet[40]
    • Bristlefrost and Rootspring[41]
  • Were never in an official relationship:
    • Jayfeather and Half Moon[30]
    • Squirrelflight and Ashfur[45]
    • Bramblestar and Jessy[35]
    • Harveymoon and Mintfur[46]
    • Feathertail and Crowfeather[42][47]
  • Were never clearly described as mates within the series or related media:
    • Dappletail and Stormtail[48]
    • Needletail and Rain[49]
    • Tallstar and Jake[50]

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 Secrets of the Clans, page 131
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 316
  27. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  28. Revealed in Twilight, page 182
  29. Revealed in Dark River, page 241
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 261
  31. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  32. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  33. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  34. [1]
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 461
  36. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 201
  37. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 392
  38. Revealed on Kate's blog
  39. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 18
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, pages 250-251
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 3
  43. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  44. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 401
  45. Revealed in Sunset, page 62
  46. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  47. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  48. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  49. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 93
  50. Revealed on Kate's blog
  51. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  52. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  53. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  54. [2]
  55. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  56. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  57. Revealed in Sunrise, page 210
  58. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 44-45
  59. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  60. Revealed in Sunset, pages 61-62
  61. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 60, 282
  62. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  63. 63.0 63.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  64. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  65. Revealed in Darkest Night, pages 72-73
  66. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 26
  67. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  68. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 4
  69. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  70. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 87
  71. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  72. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 107
  73. 73.0 73.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 223
  74. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  75. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 141
  76. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  77. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 1
  78. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  79. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 216
  80. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  81. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  82. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  83. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  84. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 51
  85. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  86. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  87. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 4
  88. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 249
  89. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  90. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 278
  91. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  92. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  93. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  94. Revealed in After Sunset: We Need to Talk
  95. Revealed in a letter
  96. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 15
  97. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  98. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 227
  99. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 25
  100. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 472
  101. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 106
  102. 102.0 102.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  103. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 176
  104. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 20
  105. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 440
  106. Vicky's Facebook Page
  107. Vicky's Facebook Page
  108. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  109. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  110. 110.0 110.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  111. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 9
  112. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 465
  113. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, page 346
  114. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  115. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 321
  116. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  117. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 1
  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 Tigerheart's Shadow, page 335
  139. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 347
  140. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 20
  141. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 15
  142. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 257
  143. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  144. Revealed in The Rescue, page 7
  145. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  146. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  147. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 266
  148. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 250
  149. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 98
  150. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  151. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 372
  152. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 17
  153. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 194
  154. Revealed in After the Flood, page 17
  155. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 183
  156. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  157. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 23
  158. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 72
  159. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
  160. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  161. Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  162. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  163. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  164. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  165. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 301
  166. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 5
  167. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 3
  168. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 19
  169. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 54
  170. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 11
  171. Revealed in Dawn, page 229
  172. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 7
  173. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  174. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  175. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 9
  176. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 246
  177. Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 34
  178. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 84
  179. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
  180. Revealed in the Warriors App
  181. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 439
  182. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  183. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 244
  184. Revealed in Daisy's Kin, chapter 2
  185. Revealed in Sunset, page 193
  186. Revealed in Starlight, page 227
  187. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 246
  188. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 23
  189. Revealed in Beyond the Code, page 57
  190. 190.0 190.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  191. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  192. Revealed in The Sight, pages 22-23
  193. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 220
  194. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 95
  195. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  196. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 184
  197. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 218
  198. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 277
  199. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 215
  200. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 33
  201. Revealed in A Forest Divided: Bonus Scene, page 3
  202. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  203. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 23
  1. Anchoring off of pages 60 and 282 of The Silent Thaw; Bramblestar's impostor possessed Squirrelflight's mate, Bramblestar's body. Prior to realizing the deception, she acted affectionately as a mate to the impostor, and both of them concurred being in a relationship. After her realizing he was an impostor, and being exiled from ThunderClan, this relationship terminated.[61]

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