Tallstar, Brokenstar, Crookedstar, & Breezepelt: Mother Neglection? by Harepaw


Today Harepaw will be sharing her opinion on some cats, at some point in their life, have been neglected by their mothers.
To get to my point here, let’s start with Palebird: Tallstar’s mother. She was pretty good to him at kithood, though she was a little distant because she was still in grief over Finchkit, his late sister. Maybe she should’ve gotten over it, like Ferncloud and Yellowfang. After she started a new family with Woollytail, I don’t blame Talltail/star for being slightly angry. I have a stepfather too, and I was kinda mad at my mom for it. But Palebird barely noticed Talltail/star after she had Woollytail’s kits, and sometimes pretended that he wasn’t her son, or that he wasn’t there. I know that she suffered post-traumatic stress after losing her kit, but she still had Tallstar! She should’ve treated him just as she treated Woollytail’s kits, with motherly affection. She didn’t pay much attention to him after her second litter was born.

Next, I won’t be talking about Yellowfang, Brokenstar’s REAL mother, but Lizardstripe, his foster mother and the main reason he did everything that he did. Lizardstripe did everything she could to make Brokenkit/star feel unwelcome, unneeded, and unnecessary. She should’ve treated him as if he were her own kit(although she didn’t treat her real kits very well either, since she never wanted any kits), with motherly love, like Lilyheart, Squirrelflight, Mosspelt, Brindleface, and Hawk Swoop. Since she was kind of aggressive and rude, her habits rubbed off on Brokenkit which led him to think that he had to use violence to win the respect of his Clanmates. I truly think that Brokenstar could’ve been a great warrior if Lizardstripe had been more affectionate.

Third, I will talk about Rainflower, Crookedstar’s mother. Rainflower was truly and probably the worst mother in all of known Clan history. She neglected her son just because he had a broken jaw. She said that it was his fault, and that he’d still be her “handsome little warrior” if he hadn’t had his accident(technically it was Goosefeather’s fault, since he was the one who chased Stormkit/Crookedstar). Even if he was crippled, she should’ve treated him just the same. Apparently the broken jaw “ruined his looks”, but Willowbreeze happened to not mind. She(Rainflower) picked Oakheart as her favorite(and parents should never pick child favorites!), and basically acted like Crookedkit/star wasn’t her son. I feel bad for Crookedkit, and luckily Shellheart had some thoughts on Rainflower’s mistreatment of Crookedkit. He should’ve been treated the same as Oakkit/heart, with motherly love, like I said earlier.

And finally, Nightcloud: Breezepelt’s mother. She should’ve let Breezepelt prove himself, and not try to defend him every time someone spoke against him. She was a bit too ruthless, and kinda made a big deal out of everything. She should’ve been proud of the son she had, and not encourage him that his father hated him. Even if Crowfeather didn’t truly love Nightcloud, she should’ve just accepted it, and not be all threatening to Leafpool(be more like Squirrelflight about Jessy, Nightcloud).

Anyways, that concludes my article on the mother neglection of some cats.Be sure to tell me your thoughts in the comments!




  • I agree 100%! Accept about the part where you said, “Technically it was Goosefeather’s fault, since he chased Stormkit/Crookedstar.” Because Goosefeather was just trying to keep the enemy Clan off his territory. How was he supposed to know that would happen?

  • Palebird: I don’t really have an opinion on her, but I will say she was mentally ill.
    Lizardstripe: Lizardstripe was bad, but I think Raggedstar was much more to blame than Lizardstripe for how Brokenstar ended up. He spoiled him way too much.
    Rainflower: She did love Crookedstar, but she still did neglect him.
    Nightcloud: I dislike Nightcloud for the same reasons you said. Though I think Crowfeather tried to love Nightcloud, but she was just too much of a jerk. Still hate Breezepelt much more than Nightcloud though, as Breezepelt had a choice.

  • Honestly I think it’s reasonable for Palebird to act the way she did. She lost a kit and was in mourning for that kit, and everyone handles grief in different ways. Palebird in my opinion, didn’t suffer post traumatic stress disorder, she suffered from postpartum depression. She had taken her time with her grief and that’s okay, in the end she got through and found herself a new mate to share her life with long after her mate was crushed by rocks and dirt, and even though it is kinda understandable why he’d be angry with her, you have to realize what she went through and how long she was alone. First her kit dies, her mate dies, and then out of nowhere, her son leaves. I honestly don’t blame her for at least being somewhat cold towards Talltail after he comes back after starclan knows how long. Saying that she was a terrible mother because she handled grief in a different kinda way than others is like the Erin’s reasoning to keep Brightflower in the dark forest.

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