Closely Related Mates by Darkmist

Darkmist analyzes the similar family trees of Warriors couples. 

Artwork by Lithestep

Mates and kits are one of my favourite elements of the Warriors books. Seeing families grow from just a tom and a she-cat who fell in love is one of the most rewarding things to behold! But unfortunately for some people, some mate pairings are tarnished by the fact that the cats in question are related. And I’m going to take a few of the best couples Warriors have ever seen and explain how the adored cats in question are actually related.

1. Lionblaze and Cinderheart
Lionblaze’s great-great-great grandparents are Adderfang and Swiftbreeze (and if you study it, a good chunk of ThunderClan blood trickles down from those too). They are also Cinderheart’s great-grandparents. This is because Lionblaze’s mother is Leafpool; whose mother was Sandstorm; whose father was Redtail; whose parents were Adderfang and Swiftbreeze. And Cinderheart’s mother was Sorreltail; whose mother was Willowpelt; whose parents were Adderfang and Swiftbreeze. This would technically make Cinderheart and Leafpool second cousins, and therefore Cinderheart is kind of Lionblaze’s distantly-related… aunt? Nice!!

2. Dustpelt and Ferncloud
This one is more straight forward; Dustpelt is Ferncloud’s uncle. Ferncloud’s mother was Brindleface, and Brindleface’s parents were Fuzzypelt and Robinwing, who later had a second litter which included Dustpelt. So Dustpelt is technically Brindleface’s brother and so therefore Ferncloud’s uncle… I don’t know whether I’m actually enjoying this…

3. Bramblestar and Squirrelflight
Again, two mates are connected by Adderfang and Swiftbreeze! In the formidable pairs first litter, they had Leopardfoot and in their second they had Redtail. Leopardfoot went on to give birth to Tigerstar (grrr) while Redtail went on to father Sandstorm (this, btw, makes Tigerstar and Sandstorm cousins!!). Sandstorm is the mother of Squirrelflight and Tigerstar is the father of Bramblestar, making the two second cousins.

4. Birchfall and Whitewing
Like Bramblestar and Squirrelflight, these two are second cousins. Birchfall’s mother was Ferncloud; Whitewing’s mother was Brightheart. Ferncloud’s mother was Brindleface and Brightheart’s mother was Frostfur, Brindleface and Frostfur were sisters (making Brightheart and Ferncloud cousins) and by extension their kits (Birchfall and Whitewing) second cousins.

5. Snowbush and Lilyheart
These two new lovebirds are just direct cousins. Snowbush’s mother (Brightheart) and Lilyheart’s father (Brackenfur) were siblings, meaning their kits are cousins.

6. Patchpelt and Willowpelt
While I find it ridiculous that these two even ended up mates, somewhere or somehow the Erins had confirmed these two to be Greystripe’s parents (and so they must’ve been mates at some point) when they’re brother and sister. They were both born to (surprise surprise) Adderfang and Swiftbreeze in different litters. They’ve also confirmed that Willowpelt is the mother of Darkstripe with Tawnyspots (who was an elder while she was an apprentice) and that Patchpelt also fathered Swiftpaw (with Goldenflower) and Longtail (with Robinwing). They way they organized the kits for the earlier series is actually ridiculous, They made so many errors! I actually have a mental record in my head for how it could’ve actually worked. I may write an article about that one day. But anyway, I would like to use this as an example for a point I am trying to make. It has been stated that Vicky was going to make Foxleap and Rosepetal mates (they were already lining it up by giving Molepaw to Rosepetal as an apprentice rather than Icecloud) but then she realized that they were related and decided they couldn’t be mates and then ultimately (I can only assume) permitted Foxleap to die after the battle with the Dark Forest! But the relationship between Foxleap and Rosepetal is the exact same as the relationship between Dustpelt and Ferncloud; Foxleap is Rosepetal’s uncle (her father was Spiderleg who shares the same parents as Foxleap (coincidentally Dustpelt and Ferncloud)) so what was the big deal? I think the main overarching point is that ThunderClan is one big family. The whole point of it is that every cat in it is related somehow; that’s what makes it a Clan!!! I honestly think that as long as siblings or half-siblings never become mates it’s really not a problem. Sorry for the rant, this was meant to be a fun article!!

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  14 Replies to “Closely Related Mates by Darkmist”

  1. Lily That Shines Like Dawn
    June 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    ÍI thought brackenfur and cinderpet were siblings. Wasn’t thornclaw brighthearts brother?
    I’m probably just confused lil lily. Nice article

    • Prowlclaw
      June 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      They are all from the same litter.

    • June 7, 2017 at 1:07 am

      The kits frostfur had were brackenfur, thornclaw, cinderpelt and brightheart

    • Jayfrost
      June 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Brackenfur, Cinderpelt, Thornclaw, and Brightheart were all part of the same litter. They were made apprentices separately, I’m not entirely sure why, but they were all Frostfur’s kits from the same litter.

      BlogTeam Administrator, Deputy

  2. Leafskip
    June 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Though Ashfur and Squirrelflight didn’t end up together, if they had it would be one of these: Ashfur is Sandstorm’s half-sister, so Squirrelflight is his half-neice!

    Je suis l'Ananas!!

  3. Hurricanefur
    June 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Well in all reality I agree I doesn’t really matter who mates who because in real life imbreedtation happen all the time and the way the Erin’s organized this the genes will only overlap to make small mutations such as: fur color mutations, size of the cat and appendages, infertility, and the occasional deformities all over the body( only one kind, several is rarer)

  4. Flamefrost
    June 6, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for this! I agree that the Foxleap thing is ridiculous. In a Clan, second+ cousins shouldn’t be that big of an issue – really, anything more than a direct connection isn’t that bad genetically. Not sure about uncle/niece relationships though.

    I think that the Power of Three prophecy kind of ruined all of this, unfortunately. Having a prophecy completely dependent on kin (And also making Dovewing part of it even though she’s HARDLY related), makes incest incredibly evident.

    I do hope they get over this issue. It’s already good that Alderheart doesn’t bring up that he and Ivy/Dove, or even Lion/Jay are his kin. I am concerned though, since the Erins have avoided confronting the issue so far by simply having extremely large litters.

  5. maplethecat
    June 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    While it is interesting to know, we shouldn’t complain about wc incest, bc as humans we forced incest upon cats and dogs just to create a specific breed and pure breed bloodline. ((Don’t support pure-breeds btw, y’all. You’re costing an innocent cat’s/dog’s health because you just want them to look pretty, when really they’re most likely to have defects))

    Ergo, all cats of one breed our related distantly. Ponder on that, would ya?

    ~~Ravenpaw is my son~~

    • Amberstorm233
      June 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

      But not everyone has done this. In fact, I don’t think anyone on the blog has particpated in breeding cat/dogs. And there are plenty of breeders out there who practice safe breeding between unrelated dogs/cats.

  6. Mintpaw
    June 7, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I think it’s weird for siblings (including half and step), cousins, and niece/nephew/aunt/uncle relationships to happen. But 2nd cousins works. Thanks for making this article!! I’ve been thinking about this stuff lately too!

  7. Lightingpaw/strike/star
    June 7, 2017 at 3:01 am


  8. Wolfheart
    June 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm


  9. Sky
    June 8, 2017 at 9:39 am

    In real life, cats actually do mate with siblings, cousins, uncles, etc. They don’t care.

    • Shatteredpelt
      June 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      I have seen that ‘i don’t care’ stuff with in real life with dogs, not so much cats. My aunt breeds cats, and none of the siblings have ever mated in her 15 years of doing it. However, the cats have mated uncles, aunts, and cousins, and stuff. But, at one point somewhere they probably mated siblings, it could happen. No one can really tell because we don’t know how cats or dogs think. Just putting this out there. 🙂

      when its dark look for stars


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