How to tame a cat in Minecraft

Building homes, farms, and dungeons in Minecraft is a blast — but what’s a dream world without your favorite feline friend? If you want a pet to pal around with or to find waiting for you at home after a long day of mining for diamonds, you can tame a stray cat.

Taming a cat in Minecraft is pretty simple, but like any other task in the game, it isn’t spelled out for you.

Here’s our guide on how to tame a cat in Minecraft, including where to find stray cats and what they do once you adopt them.

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Where to find cats

A cat travels through a village in Minecraft
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There aren’t any animal adoption centers in Minecraft — you’re going to have to find a stray cat to bring home out in the wild. Luckily, cats are relatively easy to find. Stray cats spawn in villages with at least one villager and four beds. For each four beds in a village, a cat will spawn (up to 10), so you’ll likely have a variety of colors to choose from in an average village.

Black cats can also be found around witch huts in swamps.

In the Bedrock Edition of the game (the most common, modern version of the game on Xbox One, Windows, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch) black cats are more likely to spawn when there is a full moon.

How to tame a cat

Cat lying on bed in Minecraft
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To tame a cat, first collect some raw cod or raw salmon from a nearby lake or river. Equip the raw fish and slowly approach a stray cat. Use the raw fish on the skeptical kitty. Continue to feed the cat more raw fish until hearts appear above its head, signifying it is being tamed. You will likely have to feed it multiple times to get it to like you, so stock up on fish before you attempt this. When the cat has been fed enough, the hearts will disappear and the cat will gain a collar. You now have a pet cat!

Behavior

Cats sitting on a bed in Minecraft
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Once you’ve successfully tamed a cat, it will follow you around wherever you go. If you lose track of your cat, don’t worry — they can teleport to a player who moves 12 blocks away. Unless commanded to sit, tamed cats do not remain still for long and explore around the player. You can tell a cat to sit and make it stay in one place, say, if you wanted an indoor cat to stay in your home.

When in a house, cats will climb on top of furniture on their own accord. You can often find them sitting on top of chests, beds, and furnaces. Like real-life cats, cats in Minecraft can sometimes get in your way and render chests, furnaces, etc. unusable until you move them. If they get into something you don’t want them messing with, you can push them out of the way, lure them away with raw fish, or remove blocks underneath them to get them to move.

When a player goes to sleep at night, there’s a chance a tamed cat will sleep near them. When they awake, there’s a chance a pet cat will have a gift for you — they can collect string, raw chicken, a rabbit’s foot, and other items.

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