Blossomtail argues why medicine cats deserve more rights in clan life.
Hey everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Blossomtail. I recently wrote an article about some flaws in the warrior code that I felt needed to be changed. I didn’t talk about medicine cats because I have a lot to say about them. Therefore, this article is designed to discuss why they deserve more privileges. It focuses mostly on their love lives and family.
First, I think one of the most important things to talk about is the fact they aren’t allowed to have mates. I remember from previous novels that they aren’t allowed to have mates because it “distracts them from doing their job” and they would “give their mate priority.” However, you could say that about any job in the real world or in warriors. If that is truly the case then couldn’t you say leaders should not be allowed to have mates either? If you were a doctor, nurse, or lawyer in real life, having a relationship would not necessarily “distract you” from your job. You can’t simply control your feelings, and even if you can not have a mate but feel affection towards someone you are still likely to prioritize them. At that point they might as well just be their mate.
This leads me to my next topic of not being allowed to have kits. I believe it was stated that they could not permit this for the same reasons stated above. Once again, this is unjust. You could argue that a leader should not be allowed to have kits because he or she could make them deputy. Which in fact, Firestar did in a way with Bramblestar because he was his son-in-law. Medicine cats deserve to be allowed to have family and loved ones. They aren’t emotionless.
Medicine cats serve the clan in so many ways. They communicate with Starclan, treat others wounds, and always put others first. Not to mention it is a lot of work to become a medicine cat. You have to memorize many different herbs and many different forms of treatments. Medicine cat apprentice’s spend a lot more time training than warrior apprentice’s do.
Thank you for reading this article! I strongly believe in what I have written. If you disagree, let me know why. I am curious to hear others’ points of view!