"You would have been proud of your kits, my love. Strange that none of them have your ginger fur... But I see your spirit in them just the same."
— Quince about Jake in The Rise of Scourge, page 13

Quince is a gray she-cat[3] with amber eyes.[4]

Quince was a kittypet who lived in the Twolegplace near ThunderClan’s territory in the old forest. She was one of Jake’s mates, and she gave birth to his kits, Tiny, Ruby, and Socks.


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

As Talltail follows Jake onto the fence, he hears a soft greeting, which makes him stiffen. Quince is shown to be staring up at him from the grassy square below, and Talltail tells her that they were not there to cause trouble. Jake jumps up beside him, and greets Quince, while he introduces her to Talltail. Quince inquires who Talltail was, as she leaps onto the fence beside them, then sniffs at his pelt. She comments that it sounded like a wildcat name, and wrinkles her nose, claiming in disgust that he smelled of the cutter.
Talltail then interrupts Jake, and states that he was a WindClan warrior, which makes Quince eye him suspiciously. She asks in disbelief that he was one, and asks him why he was hanging around Jake's residence and visiting the cutter. As she is to go on, Jake interrupts her, stating that he was on a mission, and Quince's eyes stretch wide, commenting that it was interesting. Talltail weaves past her, and asks if they would be going, and Jake nods, and then he nods to Quince, telling her that he would see her later. She watches Jake slide past her, and asks him if he was to come back. Talltail replies that he would, and hops over the wooden stalk at the end of the fence.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

Jake goes to visit Quince one day, and when Pinestar comes looking for his friend, the ginger tom is not home. Shanty explains to him where Jake had gone, and asks Pinestar if he had met Quince yet. When the reddish-brown tom says he hasn't, the kittypet explains that Quince lives on the main road and that all the toms seem to like her. Shanty later comments that the gray she-cat was all right to have around when she didn't have toms with her. Another time when Pinestar comes to visit Jake, Tyr tells him that the ginger kittypet is with Quince again. When Pinestar becomes a kittypet, Jake offers to take him to meet some his new neighbors. He mentions Quince specifically, saying that she was a sweetheart and the reddish-brown tom should come meet her.

In the Stand-Alone Manga

The Rise of Scourge

She is the mother of Tiny, Ruby, and Socks. She constantly tells Socks and Ruby off for picking on Tiny because of his small size. Quince takes her kits outside for the first time, and calls back Tiny when he investigates a hole in the fence. When back inside, Tiny asks his mother about the forest, and she explains that she knows a little bit, saying their father had gone there a couple of times. She tells Tiny that they won't be going to the forest when he asks, saying they have fleas. Quince warns Tiny to stay away from the forest, explaining that the cats who live there are savages and that they are a scourge on the name of good cats. While her kits are asleep, she looks at a photo of Jake, saying he would have been proud of them, and that it was strange that they didn't have his ginger fur.
Tiny thinks that she secretly likes Ruby and Socks more than him, as he watches Quince while she watches Ruby and Socks playing in the garden. When Tiny asks his brother and sister if he can play with them, they say no and run into the bush, causing Quince to tell them to come out straight away. She tells her kits to be nice to Tiny. After Tiny's adventure into the forest, she is heard calling for him, and is sitting on the porch outside with Ruby and Socks. Though he explains what he was doing, he can tell they don't believe him, but Quince is merely amused by this. She carries him inside, and tells him she thinks he's a very brave cat when she sets him back inside their basket.
Quince cuts off Socks and Ruby's taunting of Tiny, saying she needed to talk to them. She explains that people will come and take them to their new homes if they learn to behave themselves. Ruby protests, asking if they had to go, and she says that they will have a new backyard to play in and new housefolk to take care of them. She watches Ruby and Socks playing as the Twolegs watch. Later, Tiny shows remorse at leaving his mother, which is later hardened by the fact that he uses the word "Scourge" as his name, which his mother had quoted before.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Quince is only very briefly mentioned on her son, Scourge's page to have been his mother.


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Jake:[6] Deceased, residence unknown


Socks:[2] Living (As of The Rise of Scourge)
Scourge:[2] Deceased, no residence


Ruby:[2] Living (As of The Rise of Scourge)


Crystal ♀
FerrisWhiskersNutmeg ♀Jake ♂Quince ♀
Unnamed kitsPrincess ♀Firestar ♂Sandstorm ♀Scourge ♂Socks ♂Ruby ♀
See MoreSquirrelflight ♀Leafpool ♀
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    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



"[Jake's] mooning over Quince today. She lives by the main road... I'm sure you'd like her. All the toms seem to."
—Shanty to Pinestar about Quince Pinestar's Choice, page chapter 7

Quince: "Ruby! Socks! Come here at once!"
Ruby: "Yes, mama?"
Quince: "You shouldn't play so roughly with your brother! You know better than that."
Ruby: "But mama, he's too weak, and he mewls too much. He always gives away where he is. It's no fun to play with him."
Quince: "He's your brother, Ruby, and you should treat him better. I don't want to see you roughhousing like that again."
—Quince telling off Ruby and Socks The Rise of Scourge, pages 4-5

Tiny: "Do you know about... about the forest?"
Quince: "A little bit. It didn't scare your father as much as it did me... he explored there a couple of times and told me about it."
—Quince telling Tiny about the forest The Rise of Scourge, page 12

"Those savages are a scourge on the name of all good cats."
—Quince on the Clan cats The Rise of Scourge, page 12

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 3
  3. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 338
  5. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
  6. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
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