okay but legit question: does romance not exist because you don't like it, or because it's not a thing in this universe? i feel like taking away romance would take away a very vital humanizing tool and also mess up the universe a bit... does it not appear because the cats don't care about it, or because YOU don't? you haven't made that very clear :00
It’s… a little of both.
Romance is not a big deal to the Clans - you can have a mate who you love very dearly, but you don’t need to proclaim it and be all mushy-mushy to make it apparent that the two of you are together and happy. The Clans show their affection for their Clanmates by hunting for them, sharing meals, hanging out quietly in the sun, grooming each other, and so on. Actions, rather than words, state love and friendship (unless you’re in RiverClan, where everything is a federal fucking issue and you just have to recite a poem about the object of your affection or you’re out of the game).
On the other hand, I personally detest writing romance and get annoyed when it crops up in other stories. I feel that romance bogged down the original series and ruined a lot of good plots, so keeping any of the official romances in threatens the quality of the Redux. That and, well, fuck it, it’s my shitty fanfic, I do what I want, you’re not my real dad.
Short answer, I guess: The cats don’t place a lot of importance on lovey-doveyness, and neither do I.