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I noticed that most Warriors fans don't size their apprentices very well. They make them look like 8-wk-old kittens. Lord knows how big those apprentices were at that age.

This is okay if the cat is supposed to be small or a adult cat is supposed to be on large side, but the average 6-mth-old cat is pratically their adult-size!
(Older cats are also stockier on average; they bulk up once they hit their adult size.)

That's why that one rule in the Warrior Code forbids training until the cat is 6-mths-old. The cut-off was based on size. Those younger than 6-mths didn't stand chance against the older and larger adults.


A good way to remeber is to compare it to teenagers. Cats are teenagers at 5-to-6 months-old. We know that human teenagers are almost their full adult height. The same is true of cats.

This actually goes a little further. You know how guys are bigger than girls (on average)? That's because they enter puberty later and keep growing a while longer when we stop. The same thing happens to unneutered toms. They keep growing until age 1 or 2. That's why they're usually bigger than queens. But both are usually the same height as their mom at the very least... if not taller.
This size difference between males and females is not as apparent in dogs, though they also have a similar aging pattern as cats. ;) But dog fans don't seem to make this mistake as often.



Or you can keep this chart in mind. This was based off a series of photographs of a cat that was measured as it grew during its first year. The cat was just your run-of-the-mill tabby.


I'm not sure if I should submit this to the WarriorCatClaim, but maybe I will if I get permission. :)



Trust me: it's better learning this now... BEFORE you go to vet tech school! ;) I hope this helps someone. Keep it mind.
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:iconnekonotaishou:
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Filmographer
YES THANK YOU THIS IS VERY NECESSARY!

Lots of people undersize the newborns, too!
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:iconxxmoonlightwhispersx:
 Hello there!
I was wondering if I could be able to summit this to an RPing Group that I co-own/help out?I'm sure that this would be very helpful to some in the group when drawing cats. ^^.
~Moon♥.
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XxKitty-MoewxX Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice i had only one cat (male) hes 1 year full grown :3 hes cute xD
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AliceSacco Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015   Digital Artist
I have two (female)cats.
The older one at 8 months was already full grown, the other took almost 3 years before reaching her full size.
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Akhnaton-II Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8-weeks, you say? I've seen pictures when they looked like 4-weeks! And what you did is so right, good, and great, that I do not know what else to say and simply fav it.
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NaruHinaSasuSaku4evr Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually am going to vet tech school, haha thanks
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Pure-Fire-Legend Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. I don;t draw cats often, but I'm trying to get into a habit of it, and this is super useful. =D
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funlakota Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Thanks.  :)
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AkureICAT Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that will help, for sure! 
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funlakota Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
You're welcome.  Glad it's helpful.
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Canis-Arctos Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SO HELPFUL!! I thanks for making this, and, can I put a link to this in my Warriors RP Group's page, so then people can size their cats correctly?
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funlakota Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Sure, go ahead!  :)
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BellaMAC Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
May I Share this chart on our Facebook page? 


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funlakota Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Sure, go ahead.  Hopefully it will help your clinic a little bit with aging cats and strays that come in.  Not to mention help your clients too if they ask.  ;)
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BellaMAC Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thank you! We will of course link it to your page.  :)
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Apothocareon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, i noticed that myself. the main difference between aprintices and warriors is that the former tends to simply be lankyer than the later, where the later is filled out and more muscular.
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pokemongirlhope Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Faving this in case I ever need to use it. :D
I haven't roleplayed in a while, but I enjoyed it so I may go back to it someday. Anyhow, it's all very interesting and I may look into it some more, especially if I ever decide to return to roleplaying or write a Warriors fanfic.
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Brambleleaf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks you! jeezus. I'm so sick of seeing apprentices the size of a 6 week old kitten. Ridiculous.
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funlakota Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
You're welcome. :aww: I'm glad you like it.

Makes you wonder what size these fans imagine the kits to be if their apprentices are kitten-sized, doesn't it? ^^;
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Storm-Kitt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fav.me/d72gpgu Just an example, look at the size ~ XD
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funlakota Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
I don't know what to think with this one.  The character is an unborn kitten.  She would be that size compared to an adult cat as a newborn up to a few weeks of age.

Still a little odd though.  Surely people can include what they intend to be their character's full size once it's all grown up.   Oh well.
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Brambleleaf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tiny... like bean size i suppose. lol
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AnnaGiladi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this. Also, in Warriors, day-old kittens open their eyes and play. Interesting...
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funlakota Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Some cats are born with their eyes open, but none of them can play at all that young. They just nurse and sleep and snuggle. And mom helps them go to the bathroom. Puppies are the same way. Their infancy is sped up compared to ours; it's just not that quick.

Don't forget how soon they start talking too. There's no baby-talk or babbling at all, no learning how to talk or anything like that. The kittens are just born knowing how to talk. :roll:


Oddly enough, it sounds like the kittens in the series stop nursing very late though! Go figure. Kitties are weaned at 6 weeks of age, not later because those little kitten teeth are sharp and painful to mamma cat. That's why we can adopt them when they're that young. ;)

Apparently the authors forget that because a lot of the time it sounds like the foster moms were producing milk longer than they were supposed to after their own kits were weaned.
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Lasania Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, thats something I looked for for years!! O.O
great job!! :D :D
could I use it for some Ref Sheets for my RP Group?? :D
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funlakota Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :aww:

It's fine if you want to use it for your rp group. :) Hopefully it will help you and others in the group with aging their characters if they were in doubt about it.
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Lasania Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aww, thank you so much :hug:
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Mollyninja7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're worried about the sizes being to small in apprentices, why is there no exactly 6 month old cat on here
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funlakota Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Don't you think that a 5-mth-old cat being more than half its adult size is enough proof that an apprentice wouldn't be very small in comparison to a warrior? :?
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Mollyninja7 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lolol just saying :P
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Highwind-Sniper Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I loves you for this, and for your Kari icon.
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funlakota Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Thank you.

Don't forget about Gatomon! ;) She's in it too.
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meeshmoose Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
It helps me :D ! you should show the world. ^^
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funlakota Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I'm glad it will help you. Hopefully you didn't mess up on aging cats in your training the way I did. ^^; I kept aging 6-to-8-mth-old cats as 1-yr-olds. It's embarassing because you're supposed to know these things when you get some form of veterinary training. I thought the 6-to-8-mth-olds were just skinnier compared to the stockier adults.

You can also use teeth to age them, but you know, most Warrior fans don't mention teeth that way. ;) Those under 6 mths have a complete set of baby teeth (6 wks to 2 mths) or a mixed set of baby and adult teeth (4 mths).



I am. That's why I uploaded it. ;p
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meeshmoose Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Ahhh! :D thanks so much for the advice :love: thankfully, i don't study pet aging just yet. I am just on my first semester. When i will have to learn how to age a cat, i will have your chart to help me!
again, thanks ;D
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funlakota Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Yeah, rescues and SPCAs age cats and dogs based on outward appearance (ie. graying on muzzle + cloudy eyes = older animal) and on teeth (ie. worn-out teeth + discoloured teeth = older animal). It's the best we can do. Kinda like how people use paw size to tell how big a puppy will be as an adult. Sometimes you're in for a surprise though! ;)

Just don't use teeth or body size/appearance by themselves. You need to use them all together to estimate their age. :)
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meeshmoose Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
and maybe the muscle mass/body shape? Most old animals are obvious to spot. They are thin, don't walk like young animals and seem scrawny or crooked. They also have dull and messier fur. [link] poor sweetheart.
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funlakota Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Yeah there's that too. ;) Though it can be hard to tell in cats unless they're really old or have a chronic illness. ^^; At least that's been my experience. I guess I'm not the only one since owners don't even seem aware that their cats have arthitis (arthitis is under-diagnosed in cats). They just think their cats are being lazy or are slowing down with age.

You should have seen our dog Odie. He was still very fat when he was 12! Only his face became thinner.


Any animal under stress has duller and messier fur. It doesn't matter what that stress is except in getting rid of it. Old age is defintively a stressor! ;) Poor animals.
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meeshmoose Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Oh , yes obese animals might not get thinner, you're right >.<
poor animals, yes. And poor arthritic cats, it sounds painful just to walk around :(
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funlakota Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Some animals actually get obese as they age... because they are not exercising as much as they used to for whatever reason. =/ Go figure.

That's why they don't. ;) Most arthitic animals avoid moving around as much as possible. Most won't jump anymore and they walk slowly. Owners just think their pets are lazy or are slowing down with age. But that's not the reason-- the animal is in pain. :( They just can't tell us.
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rosa-pegasus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
This will come in handy.
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funlakota Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I'm glad it will help you. :aww: Are you a Warriors fan?
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rosa-pegasus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
Yep, sure am. I've only read the first series, though.
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eKarasz Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Niiiiiiice~
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funlakota Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Thank you. :D

I was getting tired of people making the same mistake all the time. ^^; Silly complaint though.
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