Why Is Graystripe not dead? by Whirlpaw

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Whirlpaw examines Graystripe’s extremely long and healthy life!

Hi, Whirlpaw/pelt here. This is a thought I’ve had for MONTHS: why is Graystripe still alive?

Yes, I really like him and all, and he’s an amazing cat that’s always been there for Firestar and other heroes. The part of him always being there is my point though; he’s, frankly, REALLY OLD. He’s been there since Firestar joined the Clans up until present Warriors (maybe by the time I post this he’ll be dead because of the broken code new books, but you see my point).

It’s not like I want him dead, but it seems that the cat is immortal. His mate Millie (who is younger than him), is having hearing problems and she lives in the elder’s den with him. He seems fine though. It’s also incredible how he has gone trough EVERYTHING that Firestar has gone trough and maybe even more! (on second thought he didn’t go to re-unite Skyclan tough). He was separated from the group for MOONS, which is how he met Millie by the way, and that should really take a toll on his aging because going from having a clan to feed you to hunting your every meal in twolegplace, is harsh. He also had to make the journey to find his clan again, after they separated. He has faced many serious injuries too in his life, like most warriors, but when you have a serious injury, shouldn’t you start to FEEL it after getting old? I don’t really know I’m not a Medicine cat. And we have hairballs. It’s normal for a cat to have hairballs (though Warriors never mentioned it), especially long-haired cats, including Graystripe. Hairballs can greatly shorten a cat’s life if not treated properly, and I’m sure that most warriors have NEVER gone to the vet. Maybe Graystripe is just lucky, but there are chances that it can shorten a cat’s life (if you have a cat then make sure to brush them). Probably the most surprising thing in my opinion, though, is that he NEVER gets sick. Usually when a Greencough outbreak occurs, it targets older cats, pregnant queens, and kits. There have been several outbreaks in his lifetime, but he has mostly never got sick.

Graystripe is truly an amazing, loyal warrior to Thunderclan, and I DO NOT wish him dead, I hope he stays alive forever :3, whether in Thunderclan, or in his Thunderclan’s hearts.

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