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How to Tame an Ocelot in Minecraft

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Not too long ago, you used to be able to tame Ocelots and turn them into Cats in Minecraft. However, after the 1.14 update of the game on April 23, 2019, this is no longer the case due to Ocelots and Cats separating.

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    How to Gain an Ocelot’s Trust

    An ocelot looking at the player from very close. The ocelot has yellow fur and green eyes.

    Prior to the 1.14 update, you could feed Ocelots fish to turn them into Cats, which also tames them at the same time. However, Ocelots and Cats are now separated into different mobs, so that mechanic is no longer in the game. With that said, they still act similarly, though you can no longer truly tame an Ocelot. You can make an Ocelot trust you instead, and, to do so, all you need is some fish.

    In the same manner that you would tame a Stray Cat, feed either Raw Salmon or Raw Cod to an Ocelot. You may need to feed them multiple fish, as there is only a 33% chance for a Raw Salmon or Raw Cod to earn an Ocelot’s trust. However, when trust is earned, red hearts will appear above the Ocelot’s head.

    Tips for Getting Close to Ocelots

    Ocelots are very shy and will always run away from you if you approach them normally. If you want to get close enough to feed an Ocelot, you’ll have to get them to come to you. This is pretty simple if you stay still. Firstly, crouch (sneak) and slowly walk toward an Ocelot with a Raw Salmon or Raw Cod in your hand. When you get within about 10 blocks of the Ocelot, they will notice you and your fish.

    At this point, stop moving entirely—don’t even move your head or switch items. Just stand there and hold the fish in your hand. This will allow the Ocelot to slowly approach you until it is within feeding distance. If you have a stack of multiple Raw Salmon or Raw Cod, you should be able to spam-feed the Ocelot a few fish until it trusts you.

    How to Get Raw Salmon and Raw Cod

    You can easily get these types of aquatic goods by using a Fishing Rod on the water of any lake, river, or ocean. In addition to being able to catch Raw Salmon and Raw Fish, you can potentially snag Pufferfish, junk, or even some rare treasure.

    Where to Find Ocelots

    If you want to find an Ocelot, you’re going to have to first locate a Jungle biome. In the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, you can find wild Ocelots in any type of Jungle biome. This includes regular Jungles, Sparse Jungles, and Bamboo Jungles. However, in the Java Edition of Minecraft, Ocelots are only found in regular Jungle and Sparse Jungle biomes. Furthermore, Ocelots are rare spawns, so it will always take a bit of luck to spot one.

    Though, knowing their spawning criteria will help you search the right places for better odds. Ocelots will always spawn above sea level, which is layer 63. This can be checked by looking at the nearest body of water, as all water that naturally spawns generates at layer 63.

    When Ocelots do spawn, they can do so by themselves, as pairs, or in groups of 3. Most of these spawns will be adult Ocelots, however, there is a chance for one of these base spawns to be a kitten Ocelot.

    About Ocelot Kittens

    There is about a 14% chance for up to 2 kitten Ocelots to spawn alongside an adult. You don’t need to feed the kittens fish to earn their trust if you want them around, as they will follow their parent until they grow up. To get some wild Ocelot kittens to hang out with you, you’ll need to earn their parent’s trust. Though, you will need to earn the trust of the wild kittens when they grow into adults.

    However, kittens that come from breeding 2 adult Ocelots that trust you will trust you automatically. Furthermore, like with other baby animal mobs, you can get Ocelot kittens to grow faster by feeding them their favorite food. In this case, that means Raw Salmon and Raw Cod. Each time you feed an Ocelot kitten a fish, they will grow 10% closer to adulthood.