The Basic Stuff.➟ Before we start naming our cat and giving them a personality and skills, let's decide their gender, shall we? I know it doesn't seem to matter, but tortoiseshells and calico cats are almost always female. If a tom were a tortoiseshell, he'd be a chimera or whatever, he'd be sickly and would need human care, and wouldn't be suited for Clan life. If you have a male character that's a calico or tortoiseshell, no, just no, please. If they have a mate or kits, no again, there are only three fertile tortoiseshell toms in the world.
➟ If you want your character to be a tortoiseshell, please make them a she-cat. Female cats can also be called mollies, and I prefer to call them that. Molly, keep that in mind. They say mollies are less temperamental than toms, for that matter. We can, however ignore it for now, you always can get an oddball here and there.
➟ Now that we know all this, let's decide the gender of our cat. I personally go with a molly.
➟ We can now go onto the looks. Before we do, I'll need to point out a few things you shouldn't do if you want to make your cat realistic. Let us begin!
That is super important, really. A white warrior with blue eyes tends to be deaf, not always, but very often. You want to avoid that, unless your cat is odd-eyed. Usually the eyes are blue and yellow, so no experimenting here! The ear on the side of the blue eyes is likely deaf, too. Now let's face a common mistake, icy blue eyes. I've had many character with 'ice blue' eyes, but they're impossible. Pale blue eyes are acceptable, but never on a black cat. Black cats DO NOT naturally have blue eyes. Purple eyes seem to pop up here and there as well, you probably know by now that's not possible. Avoid red, neon and generally weird eye colors.
Pointed cats, Siamese, Persians and Angoras are exclusively bred cats. Do not make your warriors pointed or purebred, they are feral cats, related closely to the wildcat. Your purebred cat would have to be a kittypet or have kittypet ancestry, but we've had enough of them in the Clans. I only suggest one or two non-Clan cats that live in a Clan when you're writing a fan-fiction, it gets boring when everyone is a kittypet.
➟ Now that we have all our no-no's, let's get down to it! Pick a gender keeping the above info in mind, and choose a pelt color for them. Remember all the eye info when having a white or black cat in mind. I may as well go with tortoiseshell when I'm shaping a female. It's always handy to know the majority or your tortie's colors, so I go with mainly golden, patched with brown and little other colors.
➟ Next chapter!