|"We don't all dream of being a warrior. We're healers, not fighters, and we managed to live in peace before you arrived. Not every argument needs to be settled with claws."|
|— Fierce to Tigerheart about the guardian cats in Tigerheart's Shadow, pages 232-233|
- The guardian cats live in an urban area in the basement of a church-like building. They take in and treat sick cats and are generally peaceful. They are all equals and do not have a ranking system. All cats share responsibilities evenly. Cats with permanent injuries stick around forever, such as in the case of Fierce. A stray named Pumpkin taught the guardian cats everything they know about herbs.
- The guardian cats reside in a church-like building close to the Silverpath. They live in the basement of the building, where no Twoleg ever goes. The cats sleep on piles of blankets, and get their water from a dripping pipe inside.
- Outside of the den, there is a large cemetery with a fence and a few trees. The guardian cats gather their herbs from underneath an underpass that was formerly inhabited by foxes.
In the Super Editions
- Tigerheart encounters the guardian cats while following Dovewing. He finds out that Dovewing is staying with them while she is pregnant and goes to live with them temporarily.
- The guardian cats are unable to gather herbs from their usual spot, as foxes have taken over the area. Tigerheart volunteers to lead a patrol to investigate, and they discover two foxes making a den there. He encourages the guardian cats to fight off the foxes, and they are reluctant. Eventually, Tigerheart convinces them to fight, with Spire acting as bait, and drive out the foxes. They block up the foxes' den in case the foxes decide to come back.
- Later, the guardian cats meet another group led by a cat named Fog. Tigerheart sees the loners as threats, and encourages the guardian cats to mark their territory and make borders. Both the guardian cats and Fog's group seem to think that wouldn't do any good, and Fierce decides to let Fog and her friends hang around. They later learn that Fog and her cats were driven out of their old home by foxes. Tigerheart thinks that the guardian cats should drive out the foxes from Fog's old home, and they will go away.
- Twolegs begin to notice the infestation of cats downstairs where the guardian cats live, and they set a trap out in the yard. Pouncekit gets caught in the trap, but she is rescued. Streak, Fog's brother, is caught and taken by Twolegs, to Fog's dismay. Rascal points out later that the Twolegs didn't know of the guardian cats until Fog's gang showed up. The guardian cats collectively agree they need to do something about the loners.
- Tigerheart brings up his suggestion of driving away the foxes from their old home. They could lead the foxes into the traps, but they would have to get Fog or Tuna to show them where the foxes are. The guardian cats agree, and travel to the loners' encampment to speak with Tuna. Tuna agrees to help them, and follows along with them. The guardian cats successfully lead all of the foxes into the traps. Fog agrees to leave and return with her group to their old home, leaving the guardian cats in peace. The guardian cats agree to make borders and defend them too, like Tigerheart suggested.
- Eventually, Tigerheart and Dovewing are ready to return to ShadowClan with their kits, and Blaze, Cinnamon, Spire and Ant want to come with them, interested in Clan life. They are sorry to leave, but Fierce tells them their nests won't be wasted, as more cats will come for them to take care of.
- The guardian cats "generally notice the passing of seasons without counting the moons so much."[blog 1]
- Kate thinks the guardian cats won't appear again.[blog 2]
Notes and references
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 160
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 137
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 146
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 147
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 135
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 14
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 158
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 144
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 240
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 140
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 172
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 159
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
|Clans & Groups in the Warriors universe|
|Clans||RiverClan • ShadowClan • SkyClan • ThunderClan • WindClan|
|Other||BloodClan • WarriorClan • Cats of the Park • The Ancients • The Early Settlers • Clear Sky's group • Tall Shadow's Group • Slash's group • Darktail's group • The Kin • The guardian cats • The Sisters|