How To Tame a Cat in Minecraft? [All You Need To Know]

Selma Citakovic
Selma Citakovic

Updated · Oct 16, 2022


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If you’re a cat person, you’ll definitely want to get one in Minecraft.

This guide contains all you need to know to befriend these elusive creatures. You’ll find out:

  • How to tame a cat in Minecraft
  • Where to find one
  • The required materials and how to acquire them
  • How tamed cats behave.

Let’s get rolling!

Required Materials

Minecraft cats are generally skittish animals. Unless you bring snacks, they’ll run away as soon as you get within seven blocks.

Their favorite food happens to be raw fish like cod and salmon.

Luckily, these items are easily obtainable. All you need is a fishing rod and a bit of patience to land your catch. You’ll need three sticks and two pieces of string to craft one.

Once you’ve created it, find a river or ocean and press Use to cast your line. After a while, you’ll notice a trail of bubbles swiftly approaching your bobber. Press Use again the moment your bobber sinks, and you will catch a fish

Now, all Minecraft cats will happily follow you around! 

Where To Find Cats

So, now that you have stocked up on food, it’s time to locate your potential pets. You can find them in two places: villages and swamp huts

Here’s how to get to them.

Villages can generate in many common biomes, such as:

  • Plains
  • Meadow
  • Desert
  • Savanna
  • Snowy Plains
  • Taiga
  • Snowy Taiga (Bedrock Edition)
  • Sunflower Plains (Bedrock Edition).

Just pick a direction and go — you’re bound to find one eventually. But, if you’re not having any luck, you can use the Locate command.

With cheats enabled, press T and type: /locate village_desert, for example. That will show you the coordinates to the nearest village in the desert biome.

Additionally, MC cats spawn in swamp huts — and they're always black!

Swamp huts are rare structures that can only generate in that biome. They are also dangerous because there’s always a witch nearby. So, be prepared to fight if you want to have a furry little friend. 

Here’s the command just in case: /locate swamp_hut.

How To Tame a Cat in Minecraft

Once you’ve found your feline friend and the necessary food items, it’s time to work your magic! 

First, slowly approach the animal with some fish in your hand. If you move too quickly, you’ll spook it.

When close enough, feed it by pressing Use. You’ll know the animal’s tamed when hearts start floating above it. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately. Persistence is key — continue feeding it, and you’ll get there!

Your tamed cat will have a collar. The default color is red, but you can change it with dyes. 

Cat Behavior

So, what kind of behavior can you expect from a tame cat in Minecraft? Get ready for some typical feline mischief. Fortunately, these pet tricks can be helpful, too! 

Here are some highlights.

Cats will follow you around and even teleport if you’re 12 blocks away. They are also completely immune to fall damage.

And funnily enough, creepers and phantoms fear them. They will keep their distance from you if your pet is nearby. 

Furthermore, taming a cat in Minecraft allows you to command it to stay. Press Use to make it sit, and it won’t move a muscle.

This is perfect if you want an indoor pet. But, be aware that it also might climb on top of your furniture and block you from accessing items. All cat owners know the struggle far too well.

One more thing!

Minecraft cats can leave you gifts. Here’s how it works.

When you go to sleep, your cat will join you and rest close to your bed — which is adorable. But it gets even cuter! There’s a 70% chance you’ll find its offerings when you wake up, including: 

  • Rabbit’s foot
  • Rabbit hide
  • Feather
  • Raw chicken
  • String
  • Rotten flesh (it’s the thought that counts)
  • Phantom membrane.

Wrap Up

Taming cats in Minecraft is pretty straightforward. Remember the golden rule: The way to a cat’s heart is through its stomach. Raw cod and salmon will work wonders.

And once you’ve befriended one, you get to enjoy its furry company. It’ll even bring you gifts to brighten your morning!


How many fish does it take to tame a cat in Minecraft?

The number of fish required is randomly determined. Sometimes it’s one; sometimes it’s ten! In any case, taming cats in Minecraft may take a while. So, you should stock up on food just in case.

Can you tame village cats in Minecraft?

Yes, you can tame village cats. They are all strays by default, so you won’t be stealing someone’s pet.

Why can't I tame a cat in Minecraft?

If you see gray smoke coming out of the animal, you’ll need to feed it even more. Eventually, you’ll see hearts — that means you’ve succeeded!

If you’re still having trouble, feel free to check out the rest of this guide on how to tame a cat in Minecraft.


Selma Citakovic

Selma Citakovic

Selma is a content writer with a love for all things nerdy by day and an internet archaeologist that likes to dig up obscurities by night. Mostly she's trying to balance between many obsessions. Right now, it's bass playing and reading hard sci-fi about vampires in outer space - next week, who knows.

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