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"You're not a medicine cat. No cat's going to go on a rescue mission in the middle of the night because you had a dream. They might listen to you in the morning, though. Settle down and go back to sleep."
— Shrewpaw to Squirrelpaw in Dawn, page 96

Shrewpaw is a small dark brown tom with amber eyes[5] and a narrow muzzle.[4]

Shrewpaw was a ThunderClan apprentice under Firestar's leadership in the forest territories. He was born as Shrewkit to Dustpelt and Ferncloud alongside his brother, Spiderkit. As an apprentice, Shrewpaw was mentored by Thornclaw and befriended Squirrelpaw and Whitepaw. He later became an older brother to Ferncloud’s second litter, Hollykit, Larchkit and Birchkit. When Twolegs began their destruction of the forest and making prey scarce, Shrewpaw died on the Thunderpath trying to catch a pheasant for his starving Clan. He joined StarClan and watched over his younger siblings.


In The New Prophecy arc[]


"Hollykit, this is Ravenpaw. He lives on a Twoleg farm, and feasts on more mice than you three have seen in your life."
―Shrewpaw introducing his younger siblings to Ravenpaw Midnight (book), page 84
Shrewpaw has become an apprentice with Thornclaw as his mentor. He is briefly seen sharing tongues with Sorrelpaw and Spiderpaw near the apprentices' den. When Ravenpaw visits ThunderClan's camp, Shrewpaw tells him that Firestar is in his den, and offers to show Ravenpaw there, but Thornclaw calls for him and Shrewpaw leaves Ravenpaw with his mentor.
Shrewpaw is out on a patrol with Thornclaw and Squirrelpaw, so Thornclaw can show the two apprentices the best places to hunt near Fourtrees. When they return, Brambleclaw runs over to meet Squirrelpaw, eager to talk to her, but Shrewpaw is still with her. Squirrelpaw casts him an uneasy glance and goes behind the nursery with Brambleclaw. Shrewpaw goes to tell Firestar that the two are meeting in secret, and Firestar goes to see what they are doing. When Squirrelpaw goes missing, both Shrewpaw and Whitepaw say they haven't seen any sign of her.


Shrewpaw play-fights with Whitepaw outside the apprentices' den while Hollykit, Larchkit, and Birchkit, Shrewpaw's siblings, watch them with admiration. He is seen around camp, often with Spiderpaw suggesting that they are close littermates. He begins to feel the struggle, along with the rest of the Clan, as Twolegs begin to destroy the forest.


When Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw return from their journey, Squirrelpaw sees Shrewpaw and calls out to him, asking how his training is going, to which he responds that they have been working hard. She sleeps next to him in the apprentices' den at Sunningrocks, and he is the cat that she first tells about her dream about Leafpaw and Spottedleaf, though he is skeptical. Shrewpaw lets Squirrelpaw sleep in, thinking Squirrelpaw would forget her dream, and she becomes angry at him, though she apologizes soon after.
After hunting, Thornclaw comes back to camp with the body of Shrewpaw, saying that he had run onto the Thunderpath while chasing a pheasant that would've fed half the Clan, according to Thornclaw. He had been hit by a monster, not feeling anything but breaking his neck in the process. Whitepaw and Squirrelpaw both seem to be very close to him, so when he dies they are both devastated, along with his parents. Whitepaw declares that she will still sit vigil, whether they were in their camp or not. Thornclaw joins her, along with Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw.


When Leafpaw discovers the Moonpool, she sees Shrewpaw with Larchkit and Hollykit among the other cats of StarClan. He is seen nudging Larchkit and Hollykit away from the water's edge, so that they don't fall in. She thinks that Ferncloud would be happy to know that her kits are safe in StarClan, but Leafpaw can't tell Ferncloud because, sadly, she isn't allowed to tell anyone about her dreams.


Shrewpaw is briefly mentioned when Squirrelflight remembers him as her best friend before the journey to the lake, and how she enjoyed training with him as an apprentice.


Shrewpaw is seen by Leafpool at the Moonpool with his sisters, Hollykit and Larchkit, and the many other StarClan cats who greet her as the new medicine cat of ThunderClan.

In the Super Editions[]

Firestar's Quest[]

Shrewkit is one of the kits in the first litter of Ferncloud and Dustpelt. He is first seen playing with his brother, Spiderkit. During a ceremony, Dustpelt tells Shrewkit and his brother to settle down. Shrewkit and Spiderkit like to play, and make a lot of noise, disturbing Firestar's thoughts and dreams. This is shown during the ceremony, when they keep playing in a puddle of water, despite their parents' scolding.

Bramblestar's Storm[]

Although unnamed, Shrewpaw appears alongside his deceased siblings and mother to welcome Dustpelt to StarClan.

In the Stand-alone graphic novels[]

A Thief in ThunderClan[]

Shrewkit plays with his brother Spiderkit, both getting a badger ride from their mother when she congratulates Brightheart and Cloudtail on expecting kits. At Brambleclaw's warrior ceremony, he stands in front of his mother, and presumably shouts his new name along with the rest of the Clan. Later, he and his brother are sleeping in the nursery with their mother the night Brightheart moves in and is unable to sleep.
When Brightheart attempts to investigate the missing prey, Shrewkit play-fights with Spiderkit in the clearing. Brightheart tries to distract herself by watching them, but struggles doing so. Ferncloud, remembering life before her kits, tries to comfort her, but they are interrupted when Longtail is brought back after having his eyes clawed by a rabbit. Two nights later, Shrewkit is sleeping with his mother and brother. After, he and Spiderkit run through the camp, refusing to take a nap, but are caught by Brightheart and Ferncloud, who escorts them back to the nursery. After Willowpelt's death, he and his brother watch when Brightheart tries to comfort her kits, and later sleep next to them when they move back into the nursery temporarily.
Shrewkit and Spiderkit are the first to wake up on the day Firestar announces he will be temporarily leaving ThunderClan, and are the first to run out of the nursery before Brightheart. They stand beside their mother when Firestar speaks to Graystripe and Cinderpelt, and later when Firestar and Sandstorm leave, though they do not speak. That night, they are again sleeping next to their mother in the nursery.

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Official art[]




Dustpelt:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ferncloud:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Larchkit:[1] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hollykit:[1] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Icecloud:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spiderleg:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birchfall:[8] Living (As of Wind)
Foxleap:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Robinwing:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brindleface:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fuzzypelt:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Robinwing:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thistleclaw:[12] Deceased, verified the Place of No Stars member
Fuzzypelt:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Moonflower:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stormtail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Windflight:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rooktail:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglestorm:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fallowsong:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Daisytoe:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelwhisker:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Frostfur:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ashfur:[22] Deceased, no residence
Elderkit:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tulipkit:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ravenpaw:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan and Unknown Residence member


Chestnutkit:[21][9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cherrypaw:[21][9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sorreltail:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Longtail:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bluestar:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tawnyspots:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thrushpelt:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dappletail:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Goosefeather:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rabbitleap:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flashnose:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetbriar:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Toadstep:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rosepetal:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ivypool:[31] Living (As of Wind)
Dovewing:[31] Living (As of Wind)


Lightleap:[32] Living (As of Wind)
Pouncestep:[32] Living (As of Wind)
Thriftear:[33] Living (As of Wind)
Bristlefrost:[33] Deceased, no residence


Shadowsight:[34] Living (As of Wind)
Birchpaw:[35] Living (As of Wind)
Rowankit:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flipclaw:[33] Living (As of Wind)

First cousins:

Cinderpelt:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brackenfur:[36] Living (As of Wind)
Brightheart:[37] Living (As of Wind)
Thornclaw:[37] Living (As of Wind)


    = Tom

    = She-cat

    = Gender unknown



Author statements[]

  • When asked if she thought Squirrelflight and Shrewpaw would've made a cute couple, Cherith responded with "no, I don't think Shrewpaw had nearly enough clout to cope with a cat like Squirrelflight."[38]


  • In Twilight, Squirrelflight mentions that Shrewpaw died on their journey to the lake,[39] when he actually died back in the old forest territories.[4]

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Fan content[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Starlight, page 265
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  3. Revealed in Dawn, page 152
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Dawn, page 150
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 12
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 6
  8. Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  10. Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 41-42
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 327
  13. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 19
  16. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  17. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  20. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
  22. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 42
  23. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 9
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 12
  25. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  26. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  27. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 23
  28. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 3
  29. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 8
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  34. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in River, allegiances
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  37. 37.0 37.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 61-62
  38. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
  39. Revealed in Twilight, page 132