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What I think that warrior cats would actually look like by Flowerfern

Flowerfern shares their opinion on what some characters from the series would actually look like based on their families.

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This is an article about what I think some cats from warriors would look like with closeish genetics. (I’m not the best at genetics, but I’m going to try.)

SPOILERS FOR THE PROPHECIES BEGIN, THE NEW PROPHECY, POWER OF THREE, OMEN OF THE STARS, AND TIGERSTAR AND SASHA

First, Squirrelflight and Leafpool.
Cats can only get their looks from their parents, so it makes no sense for Leafpool to be brown and white. Squirrelflight however, would maintain most of her current looks. She’s said to be dark ginger with one white paw and green eyes. She also has long fur, and a bushy tail. Her revised look would probably be with bright orange fur, like Firestar, cream fur like Sandstorm, or a pale ginger as a mix of both. She would keep her green eyes, seeing as both Firestar and Sandstorm have green eyes. She would lose her bushy tail and long fur, because Firestar and Sandstorm are both shorthair, and have thin tails. She might keep her white paw, because it’s evidence of Firestar and Scourge’s half-brotherhood. She would have some partly visible stripes, because Firestar is a tabby, which have stripes, and Sandstorm has some barely visible stripes. Leafpool will probably look much different than she already does, because she can’t be brown and white with amber eyes. Leafpool, just like Squirrelflight would have green eyes, and her fur would probably not be the same color as her sisters’ , because they didn’t have the same color already, so it wouldn’t be likely to have the same fur color now. She would stay a tabby, because there’s no reason for her not to. Anyway, that’s all to revise for Squirrelflight and Leafpool!

The original three
Yep, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf. First, Lionblaze. He starts as a golden longhaired, amber eyed cat. He is also a tabby. He is a kit of Leafpool and Crowfeather. (His genetics work well enough.) His parents now have blue and green eyes, so he would have blue or green eyes. I think that since Hollyleaf already has green eyes, he would have blue. For his coat color, his fur would be a orange or cream, since Leafpool would be orange or cream, or a slight variation. Hollyleaf already has black fur, so I feel like he shouldn’t also have black fur. He would have short fur, because his parents are shorthair. He would also stay a tabby. For Hollyleaf, she would be very dark gray, like Crowfeather, because that’s closest to her original color, and there is no need to change it. She would also keep her green eyes, because again, there’s no need to change it. She originally had a bushy tail, like Squirrelflight, but neither of her parents have it, so she would have a non-bushy tail. Next, Jayfeather. He is described as a pale gray tabby, with pale blue eyes. He would probably be a dark gray like Hollyleaf, because he’s already gray, and he would stay a tabby, because his mother, Leafpool, is a tabby. His eyes are pale blue, and since he’s blind, they would stay pale, and since his father has blue eyes, they would stay blue. Jayfeather only ended up changing the shade of his fur. (Good job, Jayfeather).

Dovewing and Ivypool
Okay, these two. Starting with Dovewing. Dovewing is a longhair, pale gray cat with green eyes. (Although she has had blue and golden eyes, too.) Her parents, Whitewing and Birchfall, are white with green eyes, and brown tabby with amber eyes. Whitewing is longhair, and Birchfall is shorthair. Dovewing can easily stay longhair, and with green eyes, since her mother also is longhaired with green eyes. However, her parents aren’t gray, so she also can’t be gray. She seems to inherit a lot of physical traits from her mother, so I’m going to assume she also is white. Now on to Ivypool. She is a gray and white shorthaired tabby with blue eyes. She can stay a tabby, because Birchfall is a tabby. She would also stay shorthaired, because Birchfall is shorthaired. She can also keep her white patches of fur, because Whitewing is white. I think that her gray patches of fur would now be brown, like Birchfall. I feel that her eyes would be amber, because she seems to look like her father and her father has amber eyes.

Second to last, Blossomfall, Brairlight, and Bumblestripe
These three are the kits of Graystripe and Millie. Bumblestripe, thankfully, looks a lot like his parents, Millie in particular. Just like Millie, he is a silver tabby. Unlike Millie, he is longhaired. However, Graystripe is longhaired, so he can stay longhaired. I don’t know his eye color, so I’m going to say his eyes are blue, like Millie’s eyes. For Brairlight, she is a shorthair brown cat with sky blue eyes. Since Millie’s eyes are blue, her eyes can still be blue. For her fur, she can stay shorthaired, like Millie. I think that she would be a medium gray, as a mix of both of her parents’ shades of gray, and she would have a few stripes, because Graystripe has one stripe, and Millie, a tabby, has a ton. Lastly, Blossomfall. She is a longhaired calico cat with unknown color eyes. (If anyone knows what color her and Bumblestripe’s eyes are, please tell me in the comments.) She would stay longhaired because Graystripe, and I am going to also give her yellow eyes because I used Millie’s eye color for Bumblestripe. For her fur color, I think she would be a light gray tabby with patches of dark gray, or vise versa, because Millie’s a tabby, and Blossomfall has patches of different colored fur already, so I can just make her gray.

Last of all,
Mothwing, Hawkfrost, and Tadpole!
First, Mothwing. She is a longhair dappled golden tabby with amber eyes and a fluffy tail. Because of Tigerstar, she will stay a longhaired tabby with a fluffy tail and amber eyes. However, the closest we can get to golden fur is cream with a dark brown tail tip. (Both of her parents have a dark brown tail tip, so she also has to have it.) Next, Hawkfrost. Again, the longhaired tabby with a fluffy tail is inherited from Tigerstar. So is the dark brown fur. Neither of his parents have a white underbelly, so he is completely dark brown tabby. He inherits his blue eyes from Sasha, however, he will now have dark blue eyes instead of ice blue. Last but not least, Tadpole!!!!! Tadpole is a black cat with unknown eye color. I will give him RAINBOW EYES. Actually, dark blue eyes because it seems that the toms now have dark blue eyes, and the she-cats have amber eyes. (Hawkfrost and Mothwing, at least.) I think that he would look like Hawkfrost, except he would have cream colored paws.

That’s all! Hope you enjoyed!

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      • Yep. Leafpool can have amber eyes because Robinwing (Her mother’s mother’s mother) also has amber eyes. Interestingly, it’s very unlikely that Sandstorm could have green eyes. She got it from her mother, who also has green eyes. However, both of Brindleface’s parents as well as Redtail (Sandstorm’s father) have amber eyes. And I’m too lazy to keep going up the family tree searching for someone who could have green eyes.

    • ye, im not like a genetics-ologist (geneologist?????), but i know that sometimes mutations can happen so even if someone didn’t get their fur color/pattern or eye color from their parents or relatives, they could’ve made a new fur color in the family.

      • (The word you’re looking for, I think, is ‘geneticist’. Lol)

        That’s technically true… but also rather rare, so it’s an explanation which could realistically be used but should probably be utilized fairly sparingly.

    • You’re right! Kitts don’t necessarily look exactly like their parents… but kitts DO still, in most cases, have to get their genes directly from their parents (and this can happen because it is possible in some cases for cats to carry certain genes without visibly showing it) .. Except in the rare case of a random developmental fluke(which only occurs in that one kitt and can’t genetically be passed on), OR in the even rarer case of an entirely new genetic mutation(which CAN be passed on to future generations), which originates specifically in that one kitt and is not found in any of its parents. 🙂

  • I think that Leafpool could have amber eyes as both her parents could maybe have amber as a non-dominant trait, then she could inherit the trait and have amber eyes. (I don’t know how cat eye color genetics work but I did a genetics class not that long ago)

    • Sandstorm should have amber eyes. She got it from her mother, who also should have amber eyes. Both of Brindleface’s parents as well as Redtail (Sandstorm’s father) have amber eyes.

      • I thought that Sandstorm didn’t have any parents who were officially confirmed by the canon materials? 🤔

        I thought that those two being Sandstorm’s parents was just something that came from one of the Erins but was either only unofficially stated or later-on retconned information?

  • Great article! But isn’t Nutmeg, Firestar’s mother therefore Leafpool’s relative, a brown and white tabby? So I think Leafpool still could’ve been a brown and white tabby, but still great article! 🙂

    • Actually in the allegiances of Tallstar’s Revenge it says Nutmeg is a tortoiseshell and white she-cat so now the world doesn’t make sense

      • But then apparently there is more than 1 Nutmeg in Warriors. According to Google – “Nutmeg is a name shared by four different groupless cats.”

  • I guess what Warriors cats “realistically” look like kinda depends on how exactly we define “realistic”.. As something that could believably happen in a fictional version of genetics, without seeming too fantastical? Or something that could really happen in real-life cats?

    In a fictional version, we can invent how various traits get inherited, even if it’s a little differently than in real life.

    But going by how it works in real-life cats?

    Long hair is a Recessive gene – which means that[ sometimes] two short-hairs actually CAN have a long-hair kitt, since shorthair cats could carry the Longhair gene even without having long hair themselves.

    Genes are basically the internal coding that tells things what traits to, or not, have.

    Most genes come in pairs of 2—1 of the 2 comes from mom, while the other 1 comes from dad. Sometimes both 1s will say the same thing about the trait someone should or shouldn’t have, but other times each 1 actually says different things. That’s where Dominant, Recessive, Co-dominant, Semi-dominant & etc. comes in and decides which traits show IF someone has a pair(or any other genes) that don’t agree about the traits they should[ or not] have. 😊

  • kits can only get ginger fur from their mothers, and since Sandstorm isnt a ginger cat or a tabby, squilf wouldnt be one either. also, Firestar was never said in canon to be a tabby.

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