A Clan Meeting has one or more of the following purposes:
- Announcing important events or sharing information (such as relating what happened at a Gathering)
- Conduct a ceremony (such as appointing new apprentices, warriors and deputy, confirming the retirement of elders, or changing the name of a cat)
- Warn Clan members about dangers (such as the fox traps, a flood, or an impending attack)
It is the privilege of the Clan Leader to convoke a meeting. However, sometimes other Clan cats do it; for example if they feel that an important information or question must be brought to the Clan (such as Mousefur calling a meeting in Sunset), or if the leader is not available (such as Fireheart calling a meeting in A Dangerous Path).
To begin the meeting, the leader climbs to a high place (such as the Highrock in the ThunderClan Forest Camp) where all cats gathered below can see and hear them well. He or she opens the meeting with the words "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here beneath the Highrock (or Highledge) for a Clan meeting". Though, this type of call has only been verified for ThunderClan, the other Clans call not having been revealed as of yet. Once having the attention of all cats, he or she passes the message or performs the required ceremony.
Clan Meetings have no fixed dates; a meeting can be called at any time, whenever the leader feels the need to do so.