As a Minecraft player, you can either be a cat person or a wolf person. If you are not in the latter bunch, this guide is for you. Minecraft’s cats are not only cute but they are useful to keep mobs away, get easy loot, and add life to your Minecraft house. That’s why we are here to teach you how to tame a cat in Minecraft. But that’s not all. We will also go over the steps to find your feline partner, what to feed the cats, and even how to make it spawn in Minecraft. Our guide works on both Minecraft Java and Bedrock edition, and it’s compatible with even the upcoming Minecraft 1.19 update. With that said, let’s find and tame a cat in Minecraft right away!
Tame a Cat in Minecraft (2022)
Cats are one of the many passive mobs in Minecraft that interacts with the player. There are plenty of mechanics based around them in the game. So, we have divided our guide into several sections to help you better understand cats in Minecraft. So use the table below to explore everything about cats in detail:
Where to Find Cats in Minecraft
Within Minecraft, a cat usually spawns after every real-world minute. But that’s only if the location is close to a village and has less than 5 cats. For the location, Minecraft refers to the closest two chunks around the player. Generally, you can find a cat in these locations:
- Swamp Huts
You can find cats in Minecraft villages if they have at least 5 beds in them. The number of beds required is 4 in the Bedrock edition. These beds must be claimed, i.e. a villager must have slept on them during the last night. Each of the village cats can be of any random color. 25% of such cats can be kittens or baby cats.
Witch Swamp Huts
Every swamp hut in Minecraft spawns with at least one cat. This cat is always black in color, and you can also make more such cats spawn in the hut by placing a grass block around it. However, on the Java edition, such spawning doesn’t happen when there’s already a cat within 16 blocks of the hut.
How to Spawn a Black Cat in Minecraft
There are 11 types of cats in Minecraft, namely tabby, tuxedo, red, siamese, British shorthair, calico, Persian, Jellie, ragdoll, white, and black. Among the 11 cat breeds or skins in Minecraft, the siamese is the rarest cat skin in the game.
Now, out of these, you can manually arrange the situation to make a black cat spawn. Black cats can spawn under two conditions:
- If the spawn area is inside or around 16 blocks horizontal radius of a swamp hut, every spawned cat in that area will be black.
- When a cat spawns during the night, there’s a 50% chance of it being black.
How to Tame a Cat in Minecraft
Taming a cat in Minecraft is similar to taming a wolf. You just have to keep giving it food until a collar appears around its neck. So, follow these steps, and the cat will be yours in no time:
1. First, you need to go to a nearby water body to catch fish. Minecraft cats love to eat raw salmon and raw cod. You can use a fishing rod or jump into the river to manually find and collect food for the cat.
2. Next, you need to slowly approach a stray or untamed cat. You can’t re-tame a cat that’s already tamed by another player.
3. Finally, to tame a cat in Minecraft, you need to feed it raw salmon or raw cod by right-clicking or using the secondary action key on it. The process might take you 3-4 fishes, but you have to keep feeding the cat until hearts appear on top of its head. Then the cat will start following you around, and you will have successfully tamed it.
What Does a Tamed Cat Do
As mentioned earlier, the cat will have a collar around its neck once it’s tamed. You can then make the cat sit using your secondary action key on it. It will remain in that position until you allow it to move. If your cat isn’t in the sitting position, it will randomly explore the area around you. It can climb on top of chests, beds, and even active furnaces.
Do keep in mind that, unlike wolves, cats can’t attack other hostile mobs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to protect them. All cats in Minecraft are immune from fall damage. Moreover, the creeper and the phantom are afraid of cats. So, at times, the cat can even act as your bodyguard.
Gifts for Players
A surprisingly little-known feature of cats in Minecraft is their ability to give gifts to the player. If a player sleeps close to a tamed cat, then the cat might gift it a dropped item on waking up. But this doesn’t work if the cat is ordered to sit or if the player is sleeping during a thunderstorm in the daytime. The cat’s gift to you can be one of the following items:
- Rabbit’s foot
- Rabbit hide
- Rotten Flesh
- Raw Chicken
- Phantom Membrane
The chances of receiving a gift from the cat, as per Minecraft Wiki, are close to 70%. But out of the giftable items, the phantom membrane has the lowest chances of spawning.
Find and Tame a Cat in Minecraft Today
Whether you want a new friend in Minecraft or are simply looking for a way to keep the creepers away, cats are here to help. And now that you know how to tame a stray cat in Minecraft, it’s time to make a house for both of you to stay in. You can use these best Minecraft house ideas for inspiration or download readymade houses with these best adventure maps. But if you are someone like me who wants to collect more mobs, the frogs in Minecraft can be a decent choice. They are unique, super dynamic, and can add the vibes of a mangrove swamp to every house build idea. Having said that, which is your favorite pet in Minecraft? I am on Team Cat. Do tell yours in the comments section below!