Taming an Ocelot in Minecraft: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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Taming an Ocelot in Minecraft: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
Taming an Ocelot in Minecraft: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

An ocelot is a shy and passive mob in Minecraft. Ocelots are creatures that live in the jungle. These creatures are not evil, but they can rob chickens. A tame ocelot (cat) is very helpful in scaring away creepers along the way. Although this is not always easy, it is certainly possible to tame an ocelot with a lot of fish and even more patience.


Part 1 of 3: Go fishing

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 1

Step 1. Have plenty of raw fish

You collect them by going fishing. For this you need a fishing rod and a lake or river so you can add the fish to your inventory. You need at least 5 fish (but 20 are also available) to lure the ocelot.

Do not cook the fish. Ocelots are only attracted to raw fish

Part 2 of 3: Positioning your character in the right place

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 2

Step 1. Wait for the ocelot to come to you

This is an absolute must, or you won't be able to tame the ocelot––if you go to the ocelot yourself, the creature will think you're hunting it and it will run off. Also, catching or cornering an ocelot will prevent you from taming the creature.

  • The ocelot will probably come to you if you're holding a raw fish.
  • Make sure you don't come across as threatening in any way.
Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 3

Step 2. Make sure there is enough room for the ocelot to escape

You must place your character in an area of ​​at least 7x7 blocks. This makes the ocelot feel safer and not enclosed.

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 4

Step 3. Avoid places where hostile mobs hang out

Taming the ocelot won't work if mobs attack you at the same time.

Part 3 of 3: Taming the ocelot

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 5

Step 1. Hold the raw fish all the time while taming

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 6

Step 2. Don't look directly at an ocelot when trying to tame it

This means that you have to make sure that the visor is not aimed at it.

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 7

Step 3. Try to sneak as close to the ocelot as possible

The creature is quickly startled and is gone before you know it.

  • Walk at a normal pace if you need to get closer while the ocelot itself is moving, but don't get too close. Stop moving when you get close enough to the creature.
  • If you approach the ocelot and it turns towards you, stop immediately.
Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 8

Step 4. Wait for him to come to you

If an ocelot turns and looks at you, this could also be a chance that the creature is coming towards you.

  • Stay as still as possible. This is the best way to tame an ocelot.
  • Try sneaking if necessary––this may prevent the ocelot from becoming restless. (Hold sneak while the mouse sensitivity is on yawn.)
Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 9

Step 5. Stand still when the ocelot is within 5 blocks of you

Hold the raw fish up, without moving or looking directly at the ocelot.

Wait for the ocelot to look at your character and gently approach. If the conditions are right, the ocelot will slowly come to you

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 10

Step 6. Wait for the ocelot to stop a few blocks away from your character. When this happens, slowly move your sight towards the ocelot and right click to give the fish to the creature

Do not move while the ocelot is eating.

Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft Step 11

Step 7. Wait for the ocelot to transform into a domestic cat

The taming isn't completely finished until the ocelot becomes a cat; even if you see a heart or hear a contented purr after eating the fish, only the transformation from a wild to a domestic cat is proof that the taming has succeeded.

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Step 8. Repeat feeding if transformation is not complete

Right-click several times in quick succession without moving. Any movement can scare the cat away before you're done taming.

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Step 9. Once the ocelot has completely transformed, you're done

There are three different domestic breeds that you may encounter––Siamese, red tabby, and tuxedo (black and white).

  • A tamed ocelot (cat) is no longer afraid of humans. He will meow and purr. The cat follows you everywhere and can sit on command (just right click).
  • Cats will sit everywhere, including on crates, which can be quite annoying as the crate won't open until the cat jumps off again!
  • Creepers flee if you have a cat with you.


  • You may need several attempts to tame an ocelot. Getting impatient will only result in you trying to chase and capture the ocelot, either failing to tame the cat. This is an exercise in patience.
  • To look directly at an ocelot without it fleeing, you need transparent blocks. This may help you find the right method to tame the cat.
  • If your character dies and the cat doesn't, it will either teleport to your bed or reappear with you.
  • It's easier to tame ocelots in Creative mode.
  • Cats keep creepers at bay, but don't automatically attack enemy mobs.
  • Cats like to walk around a lot and don't sit still for long. They may not be able to resist the temptation to attack chickens, roam, or play pranks.
  • Cats can be bred if you have two; feed them both raw fish and they will produce offspring.


  • Only adult cats can swim; young kittens sink and drown quickly. Cats follow you into the water, so if you have kittens, be careful not to take them with you.
  • Cats don't really pay attention to danger. As a result, they easily fall prey to the needles of a cactus, hot lava or the dangers of combat such as flying spears and arrows.
  • It is not recommended to keep chickens in an enclosure in the middle of the jungle, unless you want to attract ocelots. They will do anything to steal your chickens!

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