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"I'm sorry, Fireheart. I think you're talking sense, but that's not the point. The warrior code isn't something you stick to just when you feel like it. I don't think I could disobey my leader if she ordered me to attack."
— Mousefur to Fireheart in A Dangerous Path, page 153



Mousefur is a small,[7] wiry,[10] thick,[12] glossy,[13] and soft-furred[14] dusky brown she-cat[7] with blue eyes.[15]

Mousefur was a ThunderClan elder who served as a warrior under Bluestar's and Firestar's leaderships in the forest and the lake territories. She was born to One-eye and Halftail as Mousekit alongside her brother, Runningkit. She was later apprenticed as Mousepaw with Redtail as her mentor. As a young warrior, Mousefur participated in a Sunningrocks skirmish. She continued to fight for her Clan against Brokenstar, all the while training her first apprentice, Thornpaw. Her brother was later killed by Tigerclaw and his rogues.

As a senior warrior, she received a second apprentice, Spiderpaw. In the turmoil of the destruction of the forest, her temper shortened and her frustrations grew. By the end of the Great Journey, the exhausted warrior retired from her duties just as Spiderleg received his warrior name. As an elder, Mousefur retained her sharp tongue. She cultivated a strong friendship with her fellow elders, Longtail and Purdy, and Jayfeather during his apprenticeship. Mousefur was slain during the Great Battle and the whole Clan grieved her loss, and she later gave Bramblestar a life for listening to elders in StarClan.

History[]

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The Prophecies Begin[]

"Don't take it personally, Fireheart. We'd be just as curious about a change of deputy in another Clan."
―Mousefur encouraging Fireheart at the Gathering Rising Storm, page 84
Mousefur is a young warrior of ThunderClan. She is injured during the battle at Sunningrocks against RiverClan, but Spottedleaf assures Bluestar she'll heal. She ridicules Fireheart for bringing Cloudkit into ThunderClan in the middle of leaf-bare, and fiercely defends her Clan in battle against Brokenstar. She receives an apprentice, Thornpaw. She, Thornpaw, and her brother, Runningwind, are ambushed by Tigerclaw and his rogues while patrolling and Runningwind is killed. When Fireheart tries to prevent an unjust battle against WindClan, Mousefur challenges the deputy's interpretation of the warrior code and politely refrains herself from attending. After Bluestar's death, she respects the leadership of Firestar and is fiercely loyal, fighting in the battle against BloodClan along with her former apprentice, Thornclaw.

The New Prophecy[]

«Brambleclaw thought he heard a tremor in her voice as she mewed, “It is.” He guessed it was hard for the proud warrior to accept that she was growing old; the combination of the long journey and her recent illness had proved that she was not as strong as she used to be. Sadness chilled his fur as he remembered her courage and her fighting skills.»
—Brambleclaw's thoughts during Mousefur's elder ceremony Starlight, page 220
Mousefur is now a senior warrior and has a new apprentice, Spiderpaw. While leading a patrol to observe Twolegs in their territory, one of them grabs Mousefur and she dislocates her shoulder trying to escape. With Cloudtail, Brightheart, Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw missing, Mousefur assumes they've abandoned their Clan. She urges Firestar to name a new deputy after Graystripe is captured, and grumbles why he didn't already name Brambleclaw his successor since it was obvious who Firestar favored.
She participates on the Great Journey and befriends Heavystep from RiverClan. Mousefur snaps at Brambleclaw and Brackenfur when they arrive at their new camp and she cannot find a suitable nest. After Spiderleg's warrior ceremony, she retires to the elders' den. Mousefur is hostile towards the outsiders Firestar invites into ThunderClan, including Daisy and Stormfur, and snarks at Leafpool if she intends to stay after her brief plight with Crowfeather. She calls a Clan meeting to discuss her concerns, and to reassure her, Firestar names Brambleclaw deputy. Mousefur objects that it was against the warrior code since Brambleclaw hadn't mentored an apprentice, but Leafpool reveals she had a dream about StarClan choosing Brambleclaw, which satisfies Mousefur.

Power of Three[]

Jaypaw: "Mousefur, for the last time—"
Mousefur: "The last time? Good. Go away."
—Jaypaw trying to convince Mousefur to eat some herbs Long Shadows, page 94
She and Longtail form a strong friendship, and she often guides him around camp due to his blindness. Mousefur welcomes Graystripe back, and upon noticing he's taken Millie as his mate, slyly remarks he's still breaking rules. Mousefur catches a brief greencough outbreak but makes a full recovery. During the battle against the Clans, she and Longtail hide with the kits in Firestar's den and tries to distract them.
Mousefur begrudgingly eats herbs to prevent her from catching green-cough, but insists they shouldn't be wasted on her. She tries to go with the other sick cats to the abandon Twoleg nest to help treat them, but Firestar and Brambleclaw prevent her. She quickly befriends Purdy and the two enjoy gossiping on some basking rocks. She blames herself for Honeyfern's death when an adder kills her. Mousefur also helps Jayfeather identify an herb Leafpool gave her on accident.

Omen of the Stars[]

"I don't know anything that could help us. But my dreams have been troubled for a long time. I never thought I would live to see the end of the Clans."
―Mousefur to Jayfeather about her dreams The Forgotten Warrior, page 204
During a storm that forces the Clan to evacuate the camp, Mousefur refuses to leave behind prey, claiming it would upset StarClan to waste fresh-kill, and Longtail and Briarpaw run to fetch it. A tree falls, killing Longtail and paralyzing Briarpaw, and the old she-cat is distraught, blaming herself for what happened. Lionblaze reflects how Mousefur wasn't herself after Longtail's death. She and Jayfeather reflect about Ashfur's death and Hollyleaf's unexpected return. Mousefur confides in him about her troubled dreams, suspecting that the end of the Clans is near. During the Great Battle, she is delighted to see Longtail fighting alongside her again, but is slain by a Dark Forest cat. Her spirit joins Hollyleaf's and Ferncloud's as they welcome Bramblestar as the new leader.

Super Editions[]

This section summarizes Mousefur's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

«Runningkit and Mousekit, three moons older, were teasing them by flicking lumps of snow at them and then looking innocent when the kits skidded to a halt to complain.»
—Mousekit and Runningkit playing with Mistykit, Stonekit, and Mosskit Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Mousekit is born to White-eye and Sparrowpelt alongside her brother, Runningkit. They play with Bluefur's kits, Mistykit, Stonekit, and Mosskit.

Novellas[]

This section summarizes Mousefur's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Well, Mousefur used to like watchin' the sun go down over the lake. She said it looked like the water was on fire. So I was goin' to bury her where she'd still get a good view. P'raps over there. I know she's not really here, but it feels like the right place for her."
―Purdy talking about Mousefur Dovewing's Silence, chapter 2
In Dovewing's Silence, Purdy takes charge of Mousefur's burial. He grooms her fur for her vigil, and he decides to bury her with a magnificent view of lake, claiming Mousefur always enjoyed watching the sunset from there.

Character pixels[]

Main images[]

Alternate images[]

Official art[]

Ceremonies[]

Lives granted[]

The following is a list of gifts Mousefur has granted during nine lives ceremonies:


Personality[]

Mousefur cares about her Clanmates and doesn’t like to be a burden on her Clan.[16]
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Relationships[]

Longtail[]

Squirrelflight: "Come with us. I know a way to climb the walls."
Mousefur: "A blind cat can’t climb rocks."
Longtail: "Then you go. I can still claw a badger if it comes near enough."
Mousefur: "We’re staying together and that’s that."
—Mousefur making sure Longtail is safe during the battle with the badgers Twilight, page 194
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Purdy[]

"Well, Mousefur used to like watchin' the sun go down over the lake. She said it looked like the water was on fire. So I was goin' to bury her where she'd still get a good view. P'raps over there. I know she's not really here, but it feels like the right place for her."
―Purdy talking about Mousefur Dovewing's Silence, chapter 2
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Kin[]

Members[]

Mother:

One-eye:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Halftail:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Runningwind:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Grandmother:
Harepounce:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Grandfather:

Stagleap:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Aunt:

Speckletail:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Nephew:

Featherkit:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Nephew/Niece:

Cricketkit:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member

First cousins:

Snowkit:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionheart:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goldenflower:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistlekit:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Second cousins:

Brambleclaw:[25] Living (As of Wind)
Tawnypelt:[25] Living (As of Wind)
Swiftpaw:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lynxkit:[27][28] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Tree[]

    = Tom

    = She-cat

    = Gender unknown


Appearances[]


Trivia[]

Interesting facts[]

  • Her eyes have been described as the color of sunlit ice.[13]
  • Mousefur never had any interest in having a mate.[29]

Author statements[]

Mistakes[]

Continuity[]

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

Quotes[]

Mousefur: "Hello, Leopardfur. Stonefur tells me there are new kits in your camp, besides Graystripe's."
Leopardfur: "Yes, there are. StarClan has blessed our nursery this greenleaf."
Mousefur: "He also said Mistyfoot's kits are about to begin their training. You know, the ones Fireheart saved from the floods. (to Fireheart) Don't worry. You'll find her less intimidating when you get used to her. The rest of RiverClan seems happy to see us. They would not have survived the floods so well without the help of ThunderClan, and we did let them have Silverstream's kits without a fight."
Fireheart: "Graystripe was never Leopardfur’s favorite ThunderClan cat, though. Not since Whiteclaw fell into the gorge."
Mousefur: "She should learn to forgive and forget. Graystripe has given RiverClan two fine, healthy kits."
—Mousefur and Fireheart at a Gathering Rising Storm, pages 83-84


«He could see Mousefur's eyes shining in the dark, tense with pain. Then he felt a fresh wave of sorrow as he remembered the price that had been paid for the rogue cats' attack. Runningwind's body would be growing cold by now. And this was not the only untimely death Tigerclaw had brought to the forest that day.»
—Fireheart's thoughts about Runningwind's death Rising Storm, page 188-189


"It's not a question of who's going to hunt. This is a harder leaf-bare than usual, after the fire. We're all hungry, and we'll need all the strength we can get if we're going to have to fight this TigerClan. I say they should go home."
―Mousefur objecting to letting Mistyfoot, Stormpaw and Featherpaw stay in ThunderClan The Darkest Hour, page 199


"But what about Graystripe? Whether he's coming back or not, we need to find another deputy for as long as he's not here, someone to carry out his duties."
―Mousefur urging Firestar to pick a new deputy Dawn, page 138-139


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"It sounds as if he's talking to Graystripe! Why doesn't he just name Brambleclaw deputy and be done with it?"
―Mousefur to Leafpaw about Firestar Dawn, page 212


"But we'd have to swim to get there! I'm not swimming in that lake every full moon, not if StarClan themselves come down and beg me."
―Mousefur objecting the island for the new Gathering place Starlight', page 107


Mousefur: "And what about some moss for bedding? Are we expected to sleep on bare earth Squirrelflight said there would be a warm den waiting for me once I crossed that wretched stream."
Brambleclaw: "I can't do everything! You'll have to do the best you can for tonight. [...] Sorry. I'll come and help when I've settled Ferncloud, okay?"
Brackenfur: "No, I'll do it. (to Mousefur) Don't take it out on Brambleclaw. He's doing his best."
Mousefur: "His best is pretty poor, then."
—Brambleclaw losing his temper with Mousefur Starlight, pages 164-165


"Leafpool? She's back, is she? For good—or until that WindClan warrior starts sniffing around again?"
―Mousefur to Leafpool Sunset, page 16


Squirrelflight: "What's going on? Hey, Brackenfur! What's happening?"
Brackenfur: "Mousefur just called a Clan meeting."
Brambleclaw: ""Mousefur" called a meeting? Can she do that?"
Brackenfur: "She's done it."
Cloudtail: "Oh, good. More trouble. Just what we need."
—Squirrelflight, Brackenfur, Brambleclaw, and Cloudtail about Mousefur Sunset, page 298


"Firestar, do you think you can do anything you like? We want a deputy to make the Clan strong, not an inexperienced young cat we can't trust."
―Mousefur during Brambleclaw's deputy ceremony Sunset, page 257


Jaypaw: "This apprenticeship is going to be so dull."
Mousefur: "What was that? You've missed a bit over here."
Longtail: "He's only just started."
Mousefur: "Does that mean we'll have him scrabbling around the den until sunhigh? I was hoping to get some sleep."
Jaypaw: "It's not my fault you're stiff! You're the one that went out into the forest when it's damp."
Mousefur: "How did you know I was stiff?"
Jaypaw: "I could tell when you sat down. You moved slowly and made that noise."
Mousefur: "What noise?"
Jaypaw: "A sort of gasp, like it hurt."
Mousefur: "I see Brightheart is going to have her paws full."
—Jaypaw proving his tongue to the elders The Sight, page 96-97


"Still breaking the rules, I see, Graystripe."
―Mousefur when she discovers Graystripe's new mate upon his return The Sight, page 154


Longtail: "He's only here often because he's worried about you."
Mousefur: "Because you're worried about me...You really shouldn't fuss so much. A cat my age is bound to feel the cold more easily."
Longtail: "But your eyes and nose are streaming."
Mousefur: "It's just the cold air."
—Longtail and Mousefur arguing over Jaypaw when he comes to check up on her The Sight, page 298


Mousefur: "Imagine thinking I couldn't find my way up to Highledge. They'll have us practice washing next."
Longtail: "Well, at least we're ready now."
Mousefur: "I was born ready!"
—Mousefur and Longtail Dark River, page 178


"It's no use sulking. You broke the warrior code. Did you think everyone would welcome you back like a hero?"
―Mousefur to Hollypaw Dark River, page 255


"Make sure you squeeze all the water out of the fresh moss! Mousefur will claw you if her pelt gets damp!"
―Hollypaw to Berrynose Outcast, page 44


Mousefur: "You don't have to watch over me like I'm a helpless kit!"
Longtail: "It's a shame your tongue's not as worn-out as the rest of you."
—Mousefur and Longtail Eclipse, page 38


Jaypaw: "Mousefur, for the last time—"
Mousefur: "The last time? Good. Go away."
Jaypaw: "Mousefur. I am not leaving this den until you eat these herbs."
Lionblaze: "Come on, Mousefur...Stop being such a grump and just eat the stuff."
—Lionblaze convincing Mousefur to take her herbs Long Shadows, page 94


Mousefur: "I should be with them. I could help. I'm an elder; it doesn't weaken the Clan if I get sick."
Brambleclaw: "That's an offer worthy of a warrior. But the Clan values every cat, from the newest kit to the most senior elder. I know you already asked Firestar, and he said no. Don't think you can get around me."
Mousefur: "Pesky young cat...thinks he knows everything."
—Mousefur offering to go with the others Long Shadows, page 179


"Better it had been me, than that poor young cat."
―Mousefur after Honeyfern's death Sunrise (book), page 320


Mousefur: "Darkness is coming, isn't it?"
Jayfeather: "What do you know?"
Mousefur: "I don't know anything that could help us. But my dreams have been troubled for a long time. I never thought I would live to see the end of the Clans."
Jayfeather: "This will not be the end of the Clans. As long as I have breath in my body, the Clans will be safe."
—Mousefur voicing her concerns about coming darkness The Forgotten Warrior, page 204


"You died a warrior's death after all."
―Purdy after Mousefur's death The Last Hope, page 311

External links[]

Fan content[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 327
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 311
  5. Revealed in The Last Hope, pages 310-311
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Onestar's Confession, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Dawn, page 56
  9. Revealed in Starlight, page 220
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 63
  11. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Sunrise, page 141
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 53
  14. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 21
  15. Revealed in A Thief in ThunderClan, page 164
  16. Revealed in The Sight, chapter 19
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 463
  18. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  20. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  22. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  24. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  26. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  27. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  28. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  29. Revealed on the Warriors OF
  30. Revealed in The Curtain Falls: Choosing Which Cats Would Die
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Winds of Change, page 179
  32. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 21
  33. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 5
  34. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 30
  35. Revealed in Starlight, page 218
  36. Revealed in Leopardstar's Honor, allegiances
  37. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook

Author references

  1. 1.0 1.1 James Barry, June 18, 2021. James confirming the ThunderClan patrols in Winds of Change, revealed through a Twitter private message.



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