The release of Title Update 12 on Friday to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition brings ocelots and cats with it. Cats are passive mobs can be incredibly useful in protecting your home or base against Creepers but it takes a good bit of patience tame them first.
Where to find Ocelots
Ocelots spawn only in Jungle biomes where there are grass or leaf blocks. They typically like to hide inside bushes where it is difficult for you to get to them. They are easy to recognize though with their yellow fur sporting black and brown spots.
They are passive but naturally “shy” mobs that will run away if you move too quickly around them. If you happen to corner an ocelot in an enclosed area, they will stand still and wait for a way out to appear. Once they spot an escape route, they will sprint off as they are one of only a handful of mobs with that capability.
Taming an Ocelot into a Cat
Trying to tame an Ocelot requires multiple Raw Fish and a lot more patience than taming a Wolf. Chasing an Ocelot down and attempting to force feed it a Raw Fish will not work. Instead, you have to give it space of at least 7 x7 blocks and let it approach you of its own free will while you hold a Raw Fish. There also cannot be any hostile mobs around during the taming attempt.
You must equip and hold the Raw Fish during the entire taming attempt. Approach the Ocelot slowly and as stealthily as possible by clicking the right analog stick to “sneak.” That’s right, slowly and in the crouched position. Do not stand up straight and never run or move at even regular speed around an Ocelot. It also helps if you approach from behind or otherwise out of its field of vision. If it does turn and face you, stand absolutely still and do not look directly at the Ocelot.
Do not move at all once the Ocelot starts approaching. It will stare for a while before slowly approaching closer and closer. Once it is only a couple of blocks away, very slowly turn to put the crosshairs over the Ocelot and click the left trigger to give it the Raw Fish.
Little black puffs or hearts may appear indicating that the Raw Fish was successfully given to the Ocelot but it may take multiple tries to get it to completely tame it and turn it into a tabby (orange and white), tuxedo (black and white) or Siamese Cat.
How to get a Cat to stop following you and start repelling Creepers
Once tamed, Cats will follow the player everywhere in the game. Even if you fly off and get out of sight of the cat it will teleport to your location. The only exceptions to this are when it is ordered to sit or it is in a moving minecart. The player sitting in a boat in deep boat, surrounding themselves in transparent blocks or going to the Nether or End will also keep it away.
To order the Cat to sit, simply click the left trigger on it. Just make sure you don’t have any Raw Fish equipped as that results in another behavior.
Getting a cat to stay in one place is critical because Creepers are frightened of them and will stay 25 blocks or more away. It’s a good idea to place one or more around your house, base, mine or other locations that are important to you.
To breed cats, equip Raw Fish and give it to two cats that you intend to be the parents. They will both breed then and a kitten will spawn.
Breeding will not happen if you’ve ordered both Cats to sit. However, you can determine what kind of Kitten they will produce if the Cats are of different breeds. If you have a tabby and a tuxedo Cat and you want to produce a tuxedo Kitten, for example, command the tabby to sit and the tuxedo to stand up then give both a Raw Fish. This will result in the tuxedo Kitten you desire.
Be aware though that you won't be able to breed either of these two Cats again for five minutes though.
Odds and Ends
While Ocelots and Cats scare away Creepers they never attack, unlike Wolves.
Cats love to sit on things from beds to chests. However, a chest cannot be opened with a Cat sitting on it. You’ll need to lure it away with a fish or push it off.
Minecarts are not immune from cats either preventing you form using it for anything else.
Just like real cats, Minecraft Cats have a habit of getting in your way and getting hurt if you are not careful. Don’t be surprised to see one jump right in front of you as you’re swinging your pickaxe or wander around into a fire.
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