An elder is a Clan cat that has served his or her Clan faithfully, but now has retired. They are wise and are held in high respect by the other cats; their counsel and knowledge sought several times even by Clan Leaders, though they are often described as grumpy.
An elder is usually an elderly cat who cannot attend warrior duties any more due to old age. When a warrior, queen or medicine cat wishes to retire, an Elder Ceremony is held. Elders share a den all to themselves and are taken care of by apprentices who bring them food, water and fresh bedding.
Sometimes a cat must retire early for reasons beyond their control (for instance a crippling wound, loss of sight etc). Usually if circumstances force a cat into early retirement, they will receive a new name in order to better suit their current state.
Although elders spend most of their time in their den, they may leave the camp if they wish to do so, such as to take a walk to stretch their legs.