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Ocelot.pngCat tuxedo.pngCat tabby.pngCat siamese.png
Baby Ocelot.pngKitten tuxedo.pngKitten tabby.pngKitten siamese.png
Health points

10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

Chickens Only: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks
Height: 0.35 Blocks
Width: 0.3 Blocks


Ocelot: In Jungle Biomes, on Grass or leaf blocks that are above sea level, any light level.
Cat: By taming an Ocelot with raw fish.

First appearances

See History




Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Sounds Cat Idle Cat + Ocelot Hurt Cat Purr Cat Hiss
Internal ID

JE: 98
BE: 22

Entity ID


Ocelots are tamable passive mobs.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Ocelots drop 1–3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Like other baby animals, killing a baby ocelot yields no experience.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Spawn cycle[edit | edit source]

Ocelots try to spawn on grass blocks or leaves[verify] at sea level or higher in jungle biomes. There is a 13 chance that a spawn attempt will fail.

When a wild ocelot spawns, there is a 17 chance that two ocelot kittens will also spawn with it; this chance includes any kind of spawning, including spawning naturally, by spawn egg, or by monster spawner.

If a player spawns an ocelot within 10 blocks of them in creative mode, the player must leave the range then re-enter if they wish to tame the ocelot.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

Two cats with a newly bred kitten.

When tamed cats are fed an uncooked fish of any kind (only raw salmon and raw fish in Bedrock Edition), they will enter love mode. Breeding will create a kitten, and the parents cannot be bred again until five minutes has passed. The kitten will have the coloring and owner of one of the parents. Two sitting cats are unable to breed, but a mobile cat can breed with a sitting cat, in which case the kitten's breed will always match that of the mobile cat's breed, and the mobile cat's owner will be the owner of the kitten.

The growth of baby cats can be slowly accelerated using raw fish. Each fish takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Ocelots will occasionally attack chickens. They assume a "sneaking" stance and will stalk a chicken before chasing it down. They can even kill through a fence or a door if the chicken is against it.

Creepers will actively avoid ocelots and cats. However, this will not deter them from chasing a player, only keeping the creeper a distance away.

Ocelots are immune to fall damage, but will still avoid falling off cliffs high enough to normally cause fall damage.

Ocelots can still see players even with Invisibility.

With the exception of a faster movement rate, ocelot kittens obey the same behavior as adults.

Ocelot[edit | edit source]


An ocelot is a passive, "shy" mob which will not attack the player. Ocelots are one of the few mobs with the ability to sprint, and should the player approach too near one, it will sprint away if the player is in Survival or Adventure mode. If enclosed and unable to escape, they will stand still until an exit is made, after which they will quickly sprint through. Untamed ocelots are hostile towards chickens.

Taming[edit | edit source]

An ocelot can be tamed by attracting it to the player with an uncooked fish of any kind (only raw salmon and raw fish in Bedrock Edition), and once fed the fish, it can turn into one of three colors/breeds of cat that will then follow the player.

The player can only tame ocelots under the following conditions:

  • The ocelot must be in "begging for food" mode, characterized by it looking at the player and slowly walking near to the player.
    • Entering "begging" mode requires that the player is within 10 blocks (Euclidean distance).
    • If the player is within 6 blocks, the ocelot will exit "begging" mode if the player turns too quickly or moves more than a tiny distance.
      • If the player is within 6 blocks when the ocelot starts begging, it is likely to decide the player turned too quickly and stop begging on the next game tick.
    • If the ocelot exits "begging" mode, it won't enter it again for about 15 seconds.
  • The ocelot must be within 3 blocks of the player.
  • When all of the above are met, there is still a 23 chance the ocelot will take the fish without becoming tame. It's possible to tell the difference between the 23 failure chance and not meeting the other conditions by whether the ocelot emits smoke particles when fed and by whether it can be fed again immediately.

The newly tamed cat will change to one of three breeds: tabby, tuxedo, or Siamese.

If you fail to tame an ocelot, it will still show heart particles. They will still go into breeding mode, and if there are two such ocelots in the area they will spawn a baby. If two ocelots are tamed and they are still in love mode as cats, they can be bred instantly.

Cat[edit | edit source]

A sitting cat.

Once tamed, cats will follow the player who tamed them. They will no longer be afraid of players, will purr or meow frequently, and will no longer attack chickens. Like wolves, and with the same limits, they can teleport to a player who moves too far away. Players can make cats sit by pressing use on them, and they will also sit on certain things of their own accord (see below).

Cats sitting on a bed.

Unless commanded to sit, cats do not remain still for long, and would rather explore around the player.

Mobile cats (not already sitting) will attempt to get on top of chests, the foot part of beds, or active furnaces at the cat's current Y level within an 8-block square horizontally, and once on top will often assume a sitting position without a command from the player. Only Chests will become unusable due to a cat sitting on top of them, even double chests. Cats that sit on their own will not get up on command, but will get up if the player holds a fish nearby. The cat can also be brought down by removing the block or pushing it off. A cat will not attempt to sit on these blocks if they are at ground level (part of the floor), or if there is a block above them.

A cat sitting in proximity to the player will, if the player is harmed by a hostile mob (or by careless use of a damaging potion, but not by environmental damage), stand and move from its sitting location a few blocks and then resume sitting, such that the player will need to place the cat again.

Teleportation[edit | edit source]

Cats will teleport to the player if they are more than 12 blocks from the player, with a few exceptions.

  • It is possible for a tamed cat to teleport to an inaccessible location (e.g. under ice) and be injured or suffocate of various causes as a result.

A cat will not teleport:

  • If the cat has been ordered to sit.
    • Exception: The cat is likely to teleport if it is injured while sitting (it will no longer be sitting after it teleports). A dramatic example is if a cat sitting outside is struck by lightning, in which case it will be on fire when they appear.
    • Exception: If a kitten is told to sit, and grows up while the chunk it is sitting in is still loaded, it will teleport to the player and still be sitting when it appears.
  • If the cat is in a minecart.
  • If the cat has been attached to a fence post with a lead.
  • If the cat is in an unloaded chunk.
  • If none of the blocks on the edge of a 5×5×1 region centered on the player are transparent blocks with an opaque block below and another transparent block above.
  • If the player is in another dimension; a cat will remain in its current dimension until the player returns.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Ocelots have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is ocelot.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Lion TamerTame an OcelotYesYesYesYes15GBronze

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryBreed a pair of one of these 10 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Best Friends ForeverTame an animalHusbandryTame one of the 5 types of mob that are tamable.minecraft:husbandry/tame_an_animal
Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 10 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.2.1 12w04a Ocelots were first introduced. They were very difficult to tame, and had a debug message appear when they spawned.
12w05a Taming them got easier, and the debug message was removed.
Tamed cats can now be sat down by pressing "use item" control.[1]
Ocelots and cats both became immune to fall damage, and frightening to Creepers.
12w06a Ocelots and cats now have sounds.
Cats would now try to jump on a bed if one was present.
1.2.4 Jeb makes cats "more realistic... probably more annoying".[2] They now sit on not only beds, but also active furnaces and chests.
1.4.2 ?Spawning an ocelot now has a chance of spawning two kittens as well.
1.5 Kittens sometimes despawn upon becoming adults. This can be prevented by feeding them a fish once adult.
1.6.1 Ocelots now spawn much more frequently.
1.8 14w02a Baby cat growth can be accelerated using raw fish.
14w10a Cats named using a name tag now display death messages to the owner.
1.8.2 1.8.2-pre7 Ocelots spawn at above sea level, rather than a constant Y=63.
1.9 15w38a All cats – even unnamed cats – now display death messages to their owner.
1.10 16w20a A cat spawn egg was added, which spawned ocelots with cat textures.
1.10-pre2 Removed cat spawn egg.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from Ozelot to ocelot.
1.13 18w07a Ocelots will now seek and attack baby turtles.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added ocelots and cats.
build 2 Added tame button for ocelots.
0.14.0 build 1 Baby zombie jockeys will now check for nearby adult ocelots to mount prior to attacking the player.
0.16.0 Untamed ocelots now have idle sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU12CU11.0Patch 1Added ocelots and cats.
TU13Added sound for hitting ocelots and cats.
TU141.04Baby ocelots and cats can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Baby cat growth can be accelerated using raw fish.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Ocelot” or “Cat“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ocelots are the first mob created by Jon Kågström, an AI specialist who worked with Jens Bergensten on Minecraft.[3] Jens created the texture for the ocelot, as Jon had trouble doing so himself.[4]
  • While ocelots are passive mobs, natural spawning considers the hostile mob cap rather than the much-lower passive mob cap.
  • The tuxedo cat is based on Jeb's pet cat, Newton,[5] who has unfortunately passed away.[6]
  • In real life, cats are known for their ability to flip upright during a fall, particularly larger ones; though they still might be injured by landing. This fact is reflected in Minecraft because they take absolutely no fall damage.
  • Cats will occasionally fail to follow the player through a door or gate and instead stand within a few blocks of the door, but will still teleport to the player if they go beyond the usual 12 block range.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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