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Medicine Cat Tasks

Some of the things medicine cat's do are:

  • Knowing all of the herbs and store a supply of them in their den
  • Treating wounded and sick cats
  • Assisting queens while they are pregnant with kits, giving birth, or nursing them
  • Check up regularly on the health of Clan cats, (especially queens, elders, and kits)
  • Interpreting prophecies and omens and sharing them with the Clan leader
  • Upon the death of the Clan leader, accompany the deputy to the Moonpool to be appointed as the new leader
  • Training an apprentice as the Clan's next medicine cat
  • Bearing the knowledge of basic battle training in case they need them
  • Teaching their clan basic herb knowledge
  • Exchanging herbs with other medicine cats
  • Taking groups to the Moonpool to share dreams with StarClan
  • To visit StarClan when in a crisis that requires direct communication with StarClan.

List of Herbs (in alphabetical order):

Alder Bark:
Bark from an alder tree is good for healing toothaches. [Grows mainly in boggy wet terrain]
Alfalfa: Used to prevent tooth decay
Aloe: Use the gel inside of leaves to cure skin problems or burns.
Beech Leaves: Used by medicine cats to carry other herbs. [Grows in almost any soil that isn't waterlogged]
Bindweed: Fasten sticks to broken legs to keep them in place. [Grows almost everywhere]
Blackberry Leaves: This herb is good for bee stings. [Grows almost everywhere.]
Borage: Leaves and roots should be consumed to stave off fevers. Seeds and leaves should be consumed by the nursing Queen to increase available milk. Borage should never be used dried, only green. [Grows best in forest]
Broom: Used to make poultices for broken legs and wounds [Found in ThunderClan territory]
Burdock: Leaves may be chewed and applied to wounds that are clear of infection to speed healing. Roots may be chewed and applied to a wound to draw infection from it. [Found in dry areas]
Burnet: A traveling herb [Found in dry grassy meadows. ]
Catchweed: Helps fasten a poultice on a wound, the burrs are put on the pelt wherr the poultice is. [Commonly found in hedges]
Catmint (also called catnip): This herb is good for treating whitecough and greencough.  [Found in twoleg gardens]
Celandine: The juice can also be used to treat injuries of the eyes and soothes pain. [Fond in ThunderClan territory]
Chamomile: This herb is used to calm a cat in the case of a nervous breakdown or severe shock. [Found in twoleg gardens]
Chervil: This herb is used to treat bellyache. [Found in ThunderClan territory]
Chervil Root: This herb is used to keep away and treat infections. [Found in ThunderClan territory]
Chickweed: This herb can be used as another treatment for greencough.  [Found in RiverClan and ThunderClan territory]
Cob Nuts: Made in ointments. [Found under or near hazel trees]
Coltsfoot: This herb can be used as another treatment for whitecough. It can also be used to ease a sick cat's breathing / shortness of breath. [Found in RiverClan and ShadowClan territory]
Comfrey Root: Repairs broken bones, soothes wounds. Also used for wrenched claws. Can be used for itching or inflammation on stiff joints. [Found in damp grassy places]
Daisy Leaves: This herb is used to soothe aching joints, also a traveling herb. [Found almost everywhere]
Dandelion Leaves: Treats bee stings and if chewed can act as a painkiller. [Found almost everywhere]
Dock Leaves: This herb is used to treat nettle stings. Its juices are also good for soothing sore paw pads.
[Doesn't grow well in mountains, found best in leafy areas]
Dried Oak Leaves: Applied to wounds to stop infection, can only be collected in autumn.
Echinacia: Used to ease infection
Elder Leaves: This herb can be used to help treat sprains.
Feverfew: This herb is used to cool feverish cats and treat headaches. [Grows best along the water]
Fennel: Good for old queens, helps ease pain in stiff hips. [Grows in dry soil areas / near sea/coast or on riverbanks.
Goldenrod: This herb is used in poultices to treat aching joints and stiffness. It can also be used to treat severe injuries. [Grows best in WindClan moors]
Goosegrass: This herb is used to stop bleeding from a wound.
Horsetail: This herb is used to treat infected wounds. [Grows best in marshy areas]
Honey:  This helps soothe a cats throat. [Found in honeycombs]
Ivy Leaf: Used by ShadowClan medicine cat to store other herbs. [Grows in the ThunderClan medicine cat den]
Juniper Berries: This is another herb used to treat bellyache, gives strength. It can also be used to calm a cat. [Grows in places that are not wet]
Lamb's Ear: Gives cat strength
Lavender: Cures fever and chills, can also be used to mask the smell of death. [Grown in twoleg gardens]
Mallow Leaves: This herb is used help bellyaches. It can also be used to treat bee or wasp stings.  [Grows near shore]
Marigold: This herb is used to keep wounds from getting infected. Also stops bleeding and helps stiff joints. [Grows near water]
Mint: Hides scent of death [Grows in ThunderClan territory]
Mouse Bile: Removes ticks, stored in moss.
Nettle Leaves: This herb is used to keep down the swelling of a wound.
Nettle Seeds: This seed is used to counter the effects of weak poisons.
Oak Leaves: This herb is used to stop bleeding from a wound and to fight infection.  [All over the forest floor during leaf-fall]
Parsley: This herb is used to stop the initial flow of milk in nursing queen. [Grows best in most well-drained soil]
Poppy Seeds: This seed is used to numb pain and help a cat sleep. Giving a cat more than two seeds may negatively affect their health, never give to a nursing queen. [Found all over the forest]
Ragwort Leaves: This is another herb used to treat aching joints. [Grows almost everywhere]
Ragweed: Gives strength [Found almost everywhere]
Raspberry Leaves: This herb is used to ease pain during a queen's kitting. 
Rosemary: Put on the pelt of a deceased cat before burial, hides scent of death. [Grows near the ThunderClan warriors den]
Rush: Used to bind sticks to a broken bone. [Often grows in infertile soil]
SkullCap Seeds: This herb gives a cat energy.
Snakeroot: This herb is used to counter the effects of poison. [Grows mainly in warm areas]
Sorrel: Traveling herb. [Grows near twoleg nests]
Sticks: Cats in pain bite down on it, especially when a medicine cat is not present. Can also be used for broken bones. [Found almost everywhere]
Stinging Nettle: This herb can be eaten to dispel poison or if applied as a poultice can bring down swelling. [Grows all over the forest]
Sweet-Sedge: Swallowed to ease infection. [Found in leaf-bare in RiverClan territory]
Tansy: This herb is used to treat coughs. It can also be used to heal wounds and poisons. Helps prevent greencough and soothes throats. [Found near twoleg places]
Thyme: Yet another herb used to calm a cat in the event of a nervous breakdown or severe shock. [Best in hot, sunny areas]
Traveling Herbs: These herbs are eaten by cats before making long journies, such as ones to the Moontree. They keep away the pangs of hunger and gove a cat strength. Travelling herbs- contains sorrel, daisy, chamomile and burnet.
Tormentil: This herb is good for treating wounds and countering the effects of weak poisons. [Found in most cold places]
Watermint: This is another herb used to treat bellyache. [Found near streams or in damp areas]
Wild Garlic: Prevents infection, can also be used to mask clan scents in the case of a raid.
Wintergreen: This herb is good for treating wounds and countering the effects of weak poisons. [Found in Oak-Pine areas]
Willow Tree: Water from beneath the bark of the flowering willow may be dripped into the eyes to help clear blurriness of vision. It may also be applied to dry patches of skin to sooth itches. Small amounts of Willow Bark may be consumed to ease pain, act against inflammation, and to ease diarrhea or fevers.
Yarrow: This herb is used to make a cat vomit, this action expels poisons from the body. It can also be made into a poultice and applied to wounds to expel poison. [Found in RiverClan and ThunderClan territory]

Non-Herbal Medicine:

Cobwebs are used to stop bleeding.
Honey: Honey is used to treat sore throats.
Mouse Bile: Mouse bile is used to make ticks release their grip on a cat.
Wild Garlic: Rolling in this herb can help to keep infection out of wounds. It is also good for rat bites.

Healing Treatments and Mixtures:

Aching Joints - Ragwort leaves, Juniper berries, Goldenrod, or Daisy leaves
Bee Stings - Blackberry leaves
Broken Bones - Wrap in cobwebs, put on comfrey pulp, use poppy seeds to dull pain
Bellyache - Chervil, Watermint, or Juniper berries. Also, try a trip to the dirtplace.
Coughs (whitecough or greencough) - Use either Catmint, Honey, or Tansy, and keep the cat away from other cats.
Cuts in Eye - Trickle Celandine juice into the eye to ease the pain.
Deep Wounds Cobwebs, Marigold, or Horsetail.
Displaced Bones - Give poppy seed, wait for effect, then have cat bite stick while you give the leg a tug and hear it click into place, give them another poppy seed so they sleep.
Dull Pain - Use poppy seed, then when it takes effect preform treatment, give them another to sleep.
Hurting Throat - Honey, or water.
Nettle Stings - Dock leaf pulp, give poppy seed so it dulls the pain and helps cat sleep.
Poison - If poison is in stomach, give cat yarrow leaves so they vomit the poison, have them vomit onto dock leaves
Prevent Infection and Soothe Pain for Burns - Comfrey, honey
Poultice for aching joints - Ragwort leaves and juniper berries.
Poultice for broken bones - Stinging nettle and comfrey.
Rat Bites - A poultice of burdock root with cobwebs on top, and horsetail if it is available
Scratches - Marigold, horsetail
Shock - Thyme or Chamomile. Lick fur to comfort, give water and poppy seeds.
Stiffness - Crushed poppy seeds, marigold or comfrey.
Strengthening Herbs - Tansy, watermint, or feverfew.
Toothache - Use alder bark.
Traveling and Strengthening Herbs - Chamomile, burnet, daisy leaves or sorrel. Lambs ear and ragweed also work.
Wrenched Muscles - Comfrey, nettle and/or water therapy.

Other Non-Herbal Treatments:

1.) Gently nipping a cat's spine or poking it hard with a claw tests to see if the backbone is broken. If the subject does not feel the nip or poke, then the spine is broken. Many times a medicine cat will have to poke/nip the subject multiple times in different places to find the break.
2.) Licking a cat's fur can help clean wounds, comfort/calm down a shocked or grieving cat, and warm a cat who has become very cold. (Lick the cat's fur the wrong way to do this. The last method is most often used on kits.)
3.) Soaking moss in water and holding the dripping moss before a sick, injured or weak cat makes it easier for them to drink. Soaked moss can also be used to cool feverish cats. Can help bring down a fever.
4.) Rosemary or mint can be used to lighten the death-scent of a dead cat before burial.
5.) Using nectar, honey or mouse blood can make herbs sweeter and more appealing to cats--therefore making it easier to take the medicine.
6. ) Holding a swelling wound in cold water takes down swelling. Cats can also soothe scraped pads by soaking them in water.
7.) A cat with weak or hurting muscles/bone can take part in water therapy. Have them wade in water that is not too deep or shallow, and eventually they'll get stronger.
8.) Having a sick cat wail or yowl keeps their lungs and chest clear of mucus.

Taking Care of Your Herbs:

Here is how a medicine cat should keep their herbs fresh and useable.

-- If any herbs are wet, leave them out in the sun until they dry.
-- Gather fresh herbs when your stock gets low.
-- Leave enough of the herb on the plant you use for gathering it so it can reproduce
-- Check your store often and throw out old herbs or herbs that have lost their healing qualities.

Other Herbs To Keep in the Medicine Den:

Note: ONLY use these herbs for self-defense against a cat who is a danger to all the Clans, or if a cat from your own Clan asks for a quick, painless path to StarClan while on his or her deathbed.

Deadly Nightshade: To kill a cat who cannot be saved quickly [Grows in moist, shady places]
Deathberries (Yew berries):
A poisonous berry. Cats die almost instantly if they are consumed. If consumption is not intentional, use yarrow to get the berries out of the cat's stomach.
Foxglove Seed: A very poisonous seed, can easily cause heart failure or paralysis. Often mistaken for poppyseeds. [Found almost everywhere]
Holly Berries: A poisonous berry. Cats die almost instantly if they are consumed. If consumption if not intentional, use yarrow to get the berries out of the cat's stomach.
Water Hemlock: Causes writhing, pain, and foaming at the mouth. [Grows in wet marshy areas]

The berries listed above can also be used as traps for dangerous predators. (Snakes, moutain lions, foxes, badgers, ect.) Stuff a piece of fresh-kill with these berries and set it near the predator's den. They will die quickly and painlessly.

Medicine Cat Code

1). A medicine cat will give his or her life to save a cat.
2.) A medicine cat cannot have kits.
3.)  A medicine cat will never let personal feelings in the way of his or her duties.
4.) Medicine cats are outside clan and clan rivalry.
5). A medicine cat may be trained in as a warrior before a medicine cat.
6.) Medicine cats are outside clan rivalry, but they still must learn basic fighting moves.
7.) A medicine cat must be able to interpreter signs from StarClan.
8.) Medicine cats cannot reject an injured cat.
9.)  A medicine cat must do everything in his or her power to save a sick or injured cat.
10.) A medicine cat is not allowed to take a mate.