Solardapple has a look at some of the more questionable mothers in the series. Minor spoilers for AVOS!
Top 10 Worst Mothers
Number 10: Smoke
I guess I can’t blame Onestar’s former mate to be bitter towards the clan. Onestar, who was Onewhisker then, had met with Smoke, who was a kittypet. When Smoke had kits she offered the kit to Onewhisker who said he wouldn’t be cut out for clan life. After a few more attempts she grew bitter and raised the kit, Darktail, to hate the clans. I mean, I know Onewhisker did you a bad turn, but Smoke could’ve just accepted his wishes.
Number 9: Nightcloud
Nightcloud is on the lower end of the list, she loved Breezepelt. But, because Crowfeather didn’t truly love her she spread lies about him and corrupted Breezepelt to think his father was a horrible cat. Breezepelt grew up on Nightcloud’s lies a hated his father.
Number 8: Brightflower
Brightflower was always kind and loving towards her kits, but whenever Yellowkit argued that she didn’t eat the old sparrow that caused her brother, Nutkit, to get a bellyache, Brightflower doesn’t believe her even though she argued strongly against it. At the end of Yellowfang’s Secret Brightflower had another litter, their names were Mintkit and Marigoldkit. They went missing and Yellowfang finds them dead, Brokenstar hints that Yellowfang didn’t try to treat them and Brightflower, for some reason, believes that Yellowfang would kill her younger siblings. Like, seriously Brightflower? Your kit, Yellowfang, who loves you and the kits so much, will kill them? Geez.
Number 7: Pinenose
We all know that Pinenose wasn’t the best mother out there. I wasn’t so sure if I should even out her on this list, but after I read about how she treated Violetkit I thought otherwise. She definitely wasn’t the most caring mother when it came to the kits, she treated Violetkit like an outsider and made her have self-doubts when Pinenose should have been supporting her and making her feel like she fit in, not like she didn’t belong.
Number 6: Wind Runner
Wind Runner wasn’t the best mother in the world. She lost two of her kits to sickness and despised the way Moth Flight was without understanding how Moth Flight felt. She cast out her own daughter because she didn’t understand how special she was. Moth Flight lacked characteristics of a warrior, she couldn’t hunt well and couldn’t really fight and Wind Runner rejected the way her daughter seemed to get lost in her thoughts. She just couldn’t believe that her own daughter was special. She doted on Dust Muzzle and left Moth Flight out in the dirt.
Number 5: Leafstar
Don’t yell at me for this one. In Hawkwing’s Journey we hardly see Leafstar interact with her mate or kits. She doesn’t show much emotion when Firefern, her daughter, dies and we don’t see her really interact with Harrybrook, her son. We hardly ever see her talk to Billystorm, her mate.
Number 4: Millie
I know, I know. Millie did make the list for these reasons: She did love her kits a lot, but after Briarlight got injured she showed zero care for her other kits and became entirely obsessed with Briarlight and left her other kits out in the dust. She barely even cared for them anymore and when Blossomfall went into the tunnels with Ivypaw and got lost Millie told her she was irresponsible, even though what Blossomfall did was kind of irresponsible, it has nothing to do with how it affected Briarlight.
Number 3: Lizardstripe
Lizardstripe was horrible mother, we all know this. Before she had her kits, she practically resented them, saying she didn’t want to deal with brats. When they were apprenticed, she might’ve been proud, but she still didn’t really care. You could tell she was relieved when they were finally able to be out of her care. She always resented the thought of having kits and didn’t care at all about Brokenkit, I mean I know he wasn’t hers, but she barely even loved her own kits much less him.
Number 2: Palebird
Okay, we all know that Palebird was distraught after Finchkit died, but after that happened, she played off like she was sick and almost completely ignored Tallkit. She should have rejoiced that one kit survived, not grieve because the other was lost. The later on after Sandgorse died, barely any time in between, she becomes Woolytail’s mate and has his 4 kits. After that she actually barely regards Talltail as her son anymore, she’s too obsessed with her new family and hardly acknowledged her first-born. That’s not really a good mother in my opinion.
Number 1: Rainflower
Rainflower was definitely not a good mother. Before Crookedkit was injured she doted on him and loved him, always calling him her ‘brave, handsome kit’. But after he got injured and broke his jaw, she thought of him as an ‘ugly mess’. Just because your own child is ugly doesn’t mean you should stop loving them.
I know some of you might not agree with my views on these mothers, and I don’t blame you. Everyone has their own opinion, and this is mine. Thanks for reading!