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I'm holding wheat and they won't follow me. Why not? I'm sticking it right in their faces and they are not taking it and it's bothering me. Why is this happening?

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Are you playing on xbox? – ChargingPun Nov 15 '12 at 20:58
possible duplicate of Can you make chickens follow you on the Xbox? – YellowMegaMan Nov 16 '12 at 0:22

Breeding, which is one use for wheat, is not present in the current Xbox version, so as a result I doubt any animals will respond to wheat at all.

In the current PC version, wheat is only used for breeding cows, sheep, and mooshrooms. Breeding chickens is done with wheat seeds, and breeding pigs is done with carrots. Ocelots/Cats are tamed and bred with raw fish. Wolves/Dogs are tamed with bones, but bred with meat.

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If you are on PC and are on a recent version I've noticed this problem as well. Usually selecting a different item and coming back to the wheat helps, sometimes I have to give them a little push and then they notice the wheat.

You should also know that they changed pigs to use carrots and chickens to use the seeds from wheat, so if you've upgraded and are used to using wheat with those two you'll need to change to their new favorite food.

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Just hit(left click) them once with the wheat which should get their attention.:-)

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That actually hurts them, and does not get them to follow you. I'd give you points for imagination, but this isn't the place for that. – waifu Dec 22 '12 at 0:44

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