Hi. It’s Moonkitti with an I as in, I’m sick. I can’t really work on much right now, but I figured I’d put out a video anyways because I want to try uploading more often. So what do you think about cat colors? I mean very specifically, Warrior Cat colors. I’ve noticed recently that my favorite cat, Squirrelflight, is drawn with a very wild variety of colors in comparison to a lot of other characters. These colors range from a very light yellow color, all the way to a dark brown color. And it’s strange to me because… she’s described as being a “dark ginger” cat. Now before I start here, this is how I drew Squirrelflight before I started going into this. … and this is how I drew Squirrelflight seven years ago, in 2009. Oh, geez. So what color is “dark ginger”? So we’ve got five main cats that are ginger. And those are Squirrelflight, her son Alderpaw, Rowanstar, his son Flametail, and the former deputy of ShadowClan, Russetfur. When looking through designs for these cats, the most consistent is when it’s Russetfur. Flametail and Rowanstar are in about the same position as Squirrelflight where their designs vary from a light yellow to a dark brown again. Meanwhile, everyone else seems to think that Alderpaw is brown, even if their Squirrelflight design is red or orange. So we’ve got a lot of different ideas on what dark ginger is supposed to mean. What do actual “dark ginger” cats in real life look like? I assumed a Google search would help, but as it turns out, when I googled “dark ginger cat”, you get almost entirely Warrior Cat roleplay site images. But there is definitely a general consensus on what dark ginger means to the… Warrior Cats “faceclaim a real cat” roleplay community… and that is a ginger cat with a darker, more saturated color than a normal ginger cat. (that may or may not have been photoshopped) Now that I have this important, real-life angle I’m going to throw it in the trash because these are fantasy books about cats. The authors don’t care about cat genetics. So what color with these cats intended to be in a universe where nobody has hazel eyes and cats can be the color of fire? We do have some official art. We’ve got three pictures of Squirrelflight, one of Alderpaw, and two of Flametail. The cover of “The Apprentice’s Quest” is a little hard to work with, so let’s stick to Flametail and Squirrelflight. A picture of Squirrelflight appears on the Warrior Cats website, in the book “Cats of the Clans”, and on the new cover of “Dawn”. In the first early picture, she’s a lighter color than Firestar. In the second picture she’s a normal ginger color and is missing her bushy tail, and in the third picture she’s a dark red. Meanwhile, Flametail on both versions of “Night Whispers” is pretty similar, but the newer one is clearly more vibrant. And what I didn’t know five minutes ago is that there’s actually a third picture of Flametail from the Warrior Cats ultimate guide. And not only that, the ultimate guide included pictures of two more “dark ginger” cats – Russetfur and Sharpclaw from SkyClan. So it seems in the official art, “dark ginger” doesn’t mean much of anything either. But we’ve got… one last clue. In Warrior Cats, cats are very frequently named after their pelt color – initially. So what color is “dark ginger” supposed to be based on these cats’ names? Thanks to the Warrior Cats Wiki, I found about fifteen cats that are described as “dark ginger” in the books. In alphabetical order those cats are: Alderpaw, Copperpaw Flamepelt, Flametail, Flashnose, Maplestar, Red, Redclaw, Redstar, Redthistle, Rowanstar, Russetfur, Sharpclaw Squirrelflight, and Swoop of Chestnut Hawk. These cats are pretty much overwhelmingly described as being red or reddish colors. Maplestar and Rowanstar in specific are interesting, because they’re both named after something that’s bright red in nature. Also interesting even though cats wouldn’t know about it – alder bark is used in red and orange dyes. So from here I think it’s safe to say that “dark ginger” cats are supposed to be some form of red in color, but leave a comment and tell me what color you thought “dark ginger” was, and what color you think it is now! Thank you!