Parallels between the Sisters and feral cat colonies by Flamecloud

Flamecloud takes a look at the Sisters from Squirrelflight’s Hope and real world feral cat colonies. Spoilers for Squirrelflight’s Hope!

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Hello, I’m Flamecloud, and with this article I will be looking at the similarities between the Sisters and actual cat colonies in real life.

So, we all probably know that the clans are not super realistic. There are many aspects of the cat’s lives that make the book interesting and wonderful, but do not generally occur in real life. Sadly, there are no giant group of organized civilizations of felines gathering in the forest. (Or, if there are, the cats keep it a secret 🙂 )

However, I personally was intrigued by the similarities between the newly introduced group called “The Sisters”who appear for the first time in Squirrelflight’s Hope, and real life feral cats.

There are some mild spoilers for those who have not read the above book, so tread carefully!

One first feature that is similar between feral colonies and the Sisters is the matriarchal society. In feral cats, colonies form nearby large food sources that can support many cats. Often, Mother cats will allow their female kittens to continue living with them once the kittens have reached maturity, but the oldest female is in charge. So, Moonlight behaves like a normal feral cat, although ferals are far less organized.

Another thing that remains similar between the two groups is the habit of raising all of the kits together. In feral cats, related she cats will often feed each other’s kittens, and overall treat them as one giant litter. This leads to a higher rate of kitten survival, a rate which is unfortunately rather low in ferals.

A third shared characteristic is how the Sisters treat male cats. Of course, feral cats (as far as we know 🙂 ) probably don’t have the Sister’s mystical view of the land, but they do disperse their male offspring when they reach a certain age, allowing only their daughters (or nieces, granddaughters, etc) to stay with them. Also, in real life cats do not mate for life, mirroring the Sisters and their brief relationships. In addition, toms generally do not assist in the raising of the kits (although I have read about exceptions), and that job falls upon the queens.

Another thing to note is the Sister’s less aggressive nature. Within feral colonies, aggression is surprisingly rare. Males will sometimes scuffle, but the family groups remain peaceful. Even at large food sights, which may host multiple family groups, there is usually little fighting, because when cats fight they inflict serious damage. All the felines would prefer to co-exist rather than waste energy and risk injury.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this article. This information comes from my memories of reading “Cat Sense” by John Bradshaw, which is a fascinating book (in my opinion) on the evolution of the cat, cat behavior, and other fun cat related stuff.

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Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 24, 2019 3:50 am

Eek! It’s out! 😀

ShatteredDawn
ShatteredDawn
December 24, 2019 6:02 am

Good article! And yes, I agree-there are a lot of parallels between Feral Cat Colonies and The Sisters.

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 24, 2019 5:46 pm
Reply to  ShatteredDawn

Thank you 🙂

❄ . • ° Ivyla ° • . ❄
❄ . • ° Ivyla ° • . ❄
December 24, 2019 7:34 am

Oooohh, I like the points you listed! It’s so clear and simple, great article!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 24, 2019 5:46 pm

Thanks!

Mapledrift
Mapledrift
December 24, 2019 10:20 am

I rarely read articles anymore, but this was a really well researched and thought out one !! You made some good points and I definitely agree with you !

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 24, 2019 5:45 pm
Reply to  Mapledrift

Thank you!

Snow Which Gently Falls on Briar Branches (Ria- she/her)
Snow Which Gently Falls on Briar Branches (Ria- she/her)
December 24, 2019 4:16 pm

Nice article, Flame! I really enjoyed reading this. 😀

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 24, 2019 5:45 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Snowpaw uses exclamation marks too much
Snowpaw uses exclamation marks too much
December 24, 2019 5:34 pm

This article is very interesting. It’s fascinating to learn about feral cats.

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 24, 2019 5:44 pm

Thanks!

🔥▂▃▄▅▆▇█▓▒░Pebblepaw░▒▓█▇▆▅▄▃▂ 🔥 (aka Peb, the Gender-Bias Battler, Earth-Defender, & Fantasy Writer)
🔥▂▃▄▅▆▇█▓▒░Pebblepaw░▒▓█▇▆▅▄▃▂ 🔥 (aka Peb, the Gender-Bias Battler, Earth-Defender, & Fantasy Writer)
December 24, 2019 10:10 pm

OOohhh True! 😀 I have a small colony that lives around my house ;p A cat or two shows up every once in a while to eat the food we set out for ’em.

Monkeypaw
Monkeypaw
December 25, 2019 1:46 am

Cool Flamecloud this is great! Good job!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 29, 2019 8:10 pm
Reply to  Monkeypaw

Thanks!

🌸Blossompaw/fire15🔥
🌸Blossompaw/fire15🔥
December 29, 2019 2:38 am

THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
December 29, 2019 8:01 pm

Thanks! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

Stormy (Stormberry)
Stormy (Stormberry)
January 22, 2020 1:57 am

This was really interesting and is making me want to do more research on cats!! 😀

Moondapple
Moondapple
January 25, 2020 7:00 pm

I can tell you put a lot of research into this :DD

Turtlepaw/ dapple is chilling like a villain.
Turtlepaw/ dapple is chilling like a villain.
February 2, 2020 4:40 pm

Awesome article, Flamecloud!

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