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"S'all right."
— Snowkit responding to both Cinderpelt and Fireheart's treatment in A Dangerous Path, page 81

Snowkit is a small and sturdy[2] white tom with light blue eyes. He is also deaf.[6]

Snowkit is born to Speckletail, the eldest nursery queen. He displays some odd behaviors during his development, which Speckletail, Cinderpelt, and Fireheart identify as deafness. However, his mother is fiercely protective of him and thinks he could still become a warrior. Snowkit is playing outside the nursery one day when a hawk swoops into the camp clearing. Snowkit, unable to hear the hawk or the warning cries of his Clanmates, is snatched up in the hawk's talons and carried away. He is later confirmed to be in StarClan.

History

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Rising Storm

Snowkit is not mentioned by name, but is referred to as Speckletail’s kit. He is also her last kit. He is with the Clan when they flee from the fire in the camp. Fireheart carries him, but he is handed to Whitestorm a few times.

A Dangerous Path

Snowkit is still in the nursery with Speckletail. Brackenfur mentions to Fireheart that he has noticed Snowkit behaving a little strangely, and when Fireheart is a bit suspicious, Brackenfur admits that he would like to be Snowkit's mentor when he is six moons old. Fireheart agrees, and while Brackenfur continues to observe Snowkit, he also suggests that they should have Cinderpelt check on the kit and see if there is something wrong with him, although he mentions to be wary of Speckletail, as she is fiercely protective of her kit.
Cinderpelt visits the nursery and watches Snowkit play with the other kits for a short time. Bramblekit holds Snowkit down with his claws, and Snowkit squeals, appearing to not be defending himself. Fireheart snaps at Bramblekit, and Goldenflower makes Bramblekit apologize. Tawnykit says that Snowkit is no fun at all, and never has any good games.
Cinderpelt tells Speckletail that she wants to test Snowkit. When Speckletail reluctantly allows her, Cinderpelt asks her to go a short distance away and call out his name, but Snowkit doesn't acknowledge the comment. Speckletail does so, while beckoning with her tail, and Snowkit walks over to his mother. Then Cinderpelt asks Fireheart to go behind Snowkit and call out his name without moving. When he does this, Snowkit does not respond to the calls until Speckletail nudges him in Fireheart's direction. Cinderpelt tells her that Snowkit is deaf. Speckletail snaps that she knew all along the kit was deaf because she was his mother. Dappletail comments that cats with the color of his pelt and his eye color are often deaf. She knows this because a kit of hers was deaf and had the white pelt and blue eye color. Speckletail denies that her kit can't train as a warrior.
Snowkit is Speckletail's last kit before she retires from being a queen and becomes an elder, so she is determined to see Snowkit become a normal apprentice. She takes matters into her own paws by trying to mentor Snowkit herself, but he only begins playing and pawing at his mother. However, she still is in denial of her son's disability, and devotes all of her time to him.
Later, a hawk flies over the camp looking for prey. While all the other queens rush their kits into the safety of the nursery, Snowkit is playing out in the middle of the camp, oblivious and deaf to his Clanmates' warnings. Speckletail cannot get to him in time to bring him to the nursery herself. The hawk swoops down and picks up Snowkit in its talons. Speckletail clings onto the hawk and rakes it with her claws to try to stop it, but is thrown off, and the hawk flies away with Snowkit. Speckletail is devastated, even though there was a chance the hawk would maybe drop Snowkit. A patrol consisting of Swiftpaw and Brackenfur was sent out to retrieve him if the hawk should drop him, but they lost track of the hawk and returned without the kit. Bluestar, already in a state of mental turmoil after Tigerstar's treachery and the forest fire, sees this as a sign that StarClan is definitely at war with ThunderClan, shocking the whole Clan. When it is clear that Snowkit isn't coming back, Speckletail goes mad with grief and is watched over by Sandstorm, Lostface, and Cinderpelt, before finally coming to terms with her loss and joining the elders' den.

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Upon reaching StarClan, Snowkit was able to hear again.[7]
  • Snowkit was killed to give Speckletail an extra nudge to move into the elders' den.[8]
  • Snowkit may be deaf because it is common for pure white cats with blue eyes to be born partially or completely deaf. This is due to a genetic phenomenon called pleiotropy, where the dominant genes coding for a white coat and blue eyes interfere with unrelated genes that affect the cat's hearing.[9]
    • Dappletail mentions this, telling Fireheart that white cats with blue eyes are often deaf and that a kit of hers was white and deaf.[10]

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Official art

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Speckletail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Smallear:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Sisters:

Mistlekit:[13] Status unknown
Goldenflower:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Lionheart:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Grandmother:
Harepounce:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Grandfather:

Stagleap:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Aunt:

One-eye:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Nieces:

Tawnypelt:[17] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Cinderpelt:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[19] Living (As of Lost Stars)

Nephews:

Lynxkit:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftpaw:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bramblestar:[17] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Brackenfur:[18] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Thornclaw:[19] Living (As of Lost Stars)

Grandnephews:

Tigerstar:[21] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Flametail:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Juniperkit:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molepaw:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dewnose:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Snowbush:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stemleaf[25] Status unknown
Shellfur:[25] Status unknown

Grandnieces:

Dawnpelt:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Dandelionkit:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lightleap:[26] Status unknown
Pouncekit:[26] Status unknown
Whitewing:[27] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Ambermoon:[24] Deceased, residence unknown
Cinderheart:[23] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Honeyfern:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[23] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lilyheart:[28] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Seedpaw:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglewing:[25] Status unknown
Plumstone:[25] Status unknown

Great-grandnephews:

Juniperclaw:[29] Deceased, residence unknown
Strikestone:[29] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Shadowkit:[26] Status unknown
Molewhisker:[30] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Fernsong:[31] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Larksong:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snaptooth:[33] Status unknown

Great-grandnieces:

Sleekwhisker:[29] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lightleap:[26] Status unknown
Pouncekit:[26] Status unknown
Dovewing:[34] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Ivypool:[34] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Cherryfall:[30]Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollytuft:[31] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sorrelstripe:[31] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Leafshade:[32] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Honeyfur:[32] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Flypaw:[33] Status unknown
Spotpaw:[33] Status unknown

Cousins:

Runningwind:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Featherkit:[10] Deceased, residence unknown
Cricketkit:[12] Status unknown

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 43
  3. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 3
  4. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 89
  5. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, pages 89-90
  6. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 35
  7. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  8. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 3, undefined
  9. Revealed on icatcare.org
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 81
  11. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  16. Revealed on Facebook Page
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
  20. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 116
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 1
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  27. Revealed in Midnight, page 17
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 348
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
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