Cats will now sit on chests, beds, and furnaces until you give them a fish. While a cat is sitting on a chest, the chest cannot be opened. Is there any way I can prevent a cat from sitting on a chest while still being able to open the chest?

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    If you don't want a cat sitting on your chest, feed it before you go to bed. Alternately, close the door and don't let it into your bedroom.
    – Brant
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 4:35
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    There's a dirty joke to be made with this title, I'm sure of it. Something that might rival this. ;)
    – gnovice
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 14:19
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    @gnovice - I am a robot. I do not know what you are talking about.
    – user9983
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 14:25

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See the list of items here where you can still open the chest.

  • Liquids: Water and Lava.
  • Plants: Leaves, Cactus (With a water source block on top), and Farmland.
  • Translucent Blocks: Glass, Slabs, Stairs, Monster Spawner, Snow, Ice, Fence, Cake, Beds, Glowstone, and Chests.
  • Non-Blocks: Torch, Redstone Torch, Redstone Wire, Redstone Repeater, Pressure Plates, Lever, String, Ladders, Rails, and Sign.

I personally like Fences because you can make a nice checkerboard pattern of chests and fences

The other solution is to place your chests in the ceiling with another block empty above them; nothing can get on top to sit on them.

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    I know this answer is similar, but I felt that the inclusion of a list of all working items had significant value. I can move this to a comment if people think that would be more appropriate. Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 3:53

You can place transparent blocks such as slabs, steps, or glass one block above the chest. In fact, even chests stacked on chests will work. These will allow you to use your chests still, but cats will not be able to sit on top of them.


Stack your chests on top of your chests.

This will prevent anything from climbing on top of them, and you can still open all of them.

Either that, or don't let your cats in your stash room :)


Well, you can place a transparent block such as glass or glowstone above your chests or you can use a slab. If that doesn't look good, just place another chest on top of the first chest, that way, you have extra storage and, your cat can't get on top of either one, unless, there is a block next to the chests and the cat climbs up that block.


another way would be to distract the cats by putting another chest somewhere nearby. however, the cats will not change chests so put these decoys down before they mess up your chest opening abilities if all else fails, a sword is the answer


Offer them fish and they'll move off the chest. Otherwise, tough cookies. You can always just make them sit before going into a chest room to.

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