cats often do not have to fully obey the traditional warrior code
because of their close and unusual connection with Starclan, these
special healers often hold different allegiances then normal warriors.
Medicine cats may freely cross Clan Borders if they are going to or
coming from the Moonpool or on a mission to another clan. All clan
members no matter what clan respect and trust all medicine cats.
Medicine cats accompany their leaders to Moonpool when they receive
their 9 lives or when they need to talk with their warrior ancestors.
Medicine cats must also ad here to different rules then normal clan
- They can not have mates and kits
- They are expected to try and resolve all conflicts peacefully before turning to violence.
- They are expected to never to make false dreams or lie about what message Starclan has shared with them.
Medicine Cat Apprentices
Unlike normal apprentices, Medicine cats apprentices are not
appointed by the leader but by the medicine cat (although some agreement
is made by the leader). The current Medicine cat chooses a cat that is
willing to become a medicine cat and then take them to Moonpool.
Starclan must approve or disapprove of the choice. Apprentices to the
medicine cat are expected to learn all the different herbs and
applications before they become a full medicine cat. The medicine cat
apprentice does not receive her full name until Starclan decides that
they deserve it. Apprentice are usually mild mannered, mature, and
somewhat quiet but there is no certain requirement apprentice may have
whatever personality they were born with.
Medicine Cats and Starclan
Medicine cats share a unique bond with the ancestors of
Starclan. They travel to Moonpool every half moon to share dreams with
these starry cats and sometimes receives prophecies about the future.
Medicine cats travel to Moonpool for several reasons:
- Accompany a leader to recieve their 9 lives
- Initiate a new apprentice
- Initiate a new Medicine Cat
- During the half moon to share dreams
Starclan can also speak with Medicine cats through their regular dreams, though this is likely rare.
How to Stop Heavy Bleeding:
First the area that is bleeding must be cleaned of all large objects,
such as twigs and leaves. Then cobwebs must be pressed heavily against
the bleeding area. Pressure must be applied and kept on the wound until
it stops bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped, ease pressure
gradually and apply any herbs necessary for fighting infection or
healing the wound efficiently. Then apply more cobwebs and have injured
cat rest for a day or more.
Making a sick cat comfortable: Ill or
Injured cats must be taken care of very carefully. Always make sure that
the bedding they lay on is dry and free of sharp stones or sticks.
Bedding should be moss or soft pine needles, and should be changed
daily. Be sure that the cat is out of the line of harsh sunlight, rain,
and snow fall. Injured and ill cats are extremely sensitive to noise, so
keep the worst cases far back in the den to avoid any disturbances.
Moss soaked in water should be offered twice daily to cats who can
Feeding a sick cat:
If a cat is only injured, they should be able to eat for themselves.
Bring one piece of fresh-kill daily to all injured cats. Cats who are
ill may have more trouble. Cats who cannot keep down food should not be
fed. They will need to be carefully monitored for signs of malnutrition
and dehydration. Cats who can eat should be given only small, easy eaten
pieces of fresh-kill. This includes mice, voles, and fish. Rabbits are
too large, and birds must be de-feathered carefully. Small pieces are
the key to a successful feeding. Do not let sick cats over eat, as it
will make them sicker.
Treating an unknown illness:
Cats who are found to have an unknown illness must be immediately
quarantined from the population. Only the medicine cat may see them. All
others must be kept away until the cat is declared safe again. The same
care must be given to the cats as normal ill cats, and treatments that
may promise to heal must be tried. If the case becomes severe, it may
serve well to meet with other medicine cat to discuss the problem.
Treating a broken/fractured bone:
Few times in battle or just normal accidents in the forest does a cat
break a leg. But in case this does happen Medicine cats and their
apprentice are prepared for the times. All you need is Reed and Cobwebs.
Measure the Reed size to the size of the area that is broken. Next
place the reed by the broken spot and put bone in place. Then you must
wrap the cobweb around the reed and the broken area. You must be
extremely gentle and double check that the bone is in place and that the
reed is holding it straight. Check the wound every couple days to see
if the bone is healing and mending well. When the cat can walk on it
properly or with little limp then you can remove the cobweb and reed and
the cats broken area is healed.
Storing herbs in Winter:
Storing herbs in winter can often be quite difficult. Herbs will spoil
quickly after being gathered unless dried. While drying is possible in
the seasons of leaf-green, green-leaf, and leaf-fall, it is rarely an
option in leaf-bare. A recommended technique is pressing. This methods
works only with large, leafy herbs. Take a flay roak and place it near
the den. Place the herb on the rock and place another flat rock onto
that. The herb will soon be flat and dry. Herbs that cannot be dried or
pressed should be stored immediately after gathering. Dig a hole inside
of your den. Line the hole with dry leaves and twigs. Then place all
herbs into the hole and cover with snow. The herbs will keep for several
Organizing your den:
Organization is very important. An unorganized den may lead to a cat's
death. All herbs should be contained in special hollows in the dirt at
the den's entrance. These hollows should be scooped shaped, and lay
close to the entrance and off to the side. The main den area should be
covered with a layer of dry moss. The moss must be changed every three
days to ensure comfort and cleanliness. A flat stone should be placed
near the herb hollows for easy grinding access. Keep the rock cleared
off and do not pile herbs or prey onto the rock. Be sure to leave a
clear path through the den so cats can move freely without stepping on
the injured or ill.
Dealing with multiple wounded at one time:
Often, after a battle or skirmish, many cats will be wounded at once.
It is important to prioritize the wounded quickly and efficiently.
First, check to see if any very young or very old cats were injured.
Tend to these cats first. Then go and tend to the heavily bleeding or
bitten. These must be treated quickly to prevent infection. Next comes
any cat whose paws or eyes were injured. Finally, all minor injuries can
be dealt with as necessary. Move any seriously wounded cats to the den
for observation and special care.
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