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How to Draw a Cat

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Grab a pencil (NOT a pen!) and let’s learn how to draw a realistic cat! Here’s how.

STEP 1: Draw a small circle for the cat’s head. Then add a larger circle below it and a larger one still below that for the cat’s body.

STEP 2: Join the circles together with a smooth, curving line to draw the cat’s neck and back on the right-hand side and another on the left for the cat’s neck.

STEP 3: Erase the overlapping lines inside the cat’s body. To draw the cat’s first front leg, add an oval overlapping its body and another smaller oval below that. Draw a smooth line around the ovals for the outline of the cat’s leg.

Step 4: Erase the overlapping lines in the cat’s leg and the line on its chest. Add the cat’s other front leg by drawing a line from the cat’s chest around the first leg. Now draw an oval overlapping the cat’s front leg and bottom for the back paw.

Step 5: Draw the cat’s face and ears, copying the shapes shown here as closely as possible. Erase any unnecessary lines so you are left with a complete cat shape.

Step 6: Draw long smooth lines coming from the nose for the cat’s whiskers. Add a curving tail and erase a small section of the outline where it joins the body. Add some wiggly fur lines on the chest and ears.

Get this cat drawing project and many more in “How to Draw Animals” by Michael Garton. (Michael O’Mara Books, $14.99 softcover. Ages 6 and up.)

22 Comments on How to Draw a Cat

  1. I loved how easy it was to draw a cat. Thank you so much for showing me an easy way to draw a cat

  2. Thank you.

  3. Meowy Christmas :3 ( This was a drawing I used for a Christmas Card )

  4. Thanks a lot, now I know how to draw a cat.

  5. Wow! It really helped me.

  6. My cat looks sooo cool compared to the ones I drew a couple of months ago. Thanks for helping meowt. Hahaha! Get it?

  7. I might hang this on my bedroom wall! Thanks. I really appreciate it!

  8. Cat lover :3 // October 13, 2020 at 2:11 pm // Reply

    My cat turned out to look like a Siamese cat but at least u can tell…

  9. I luv cats sooo much!!! Thank u for letting me know how to draw them. My cats used to look like a 5 year old. No offense lil´ sis!

  10. This was really helpful!

    -a purrson who loves cats

  11. It looked amazing after I finished :):):)

  12. I’m confused… I don’t get it

  13. thank you this helped me a lot

  14. yo that cat is cool

  15. I changed it a bit to make the cat turn away from you, but thanks for helping me get the basic shape!

  16. You made it easy. Thanks

  17. wow it really helps

  18. What do I do?

  19. Random girl Who is Asthetic✨ // June 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    It was pretty helpful!

  20. Meowtastica // June 5, 2020 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    Never understood how to draw cats. This helped a lot!

    – Random girl who reads BoysLife

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