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How to Draw a Cat


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.)

62 Comments on How to Draw a Cat

  1. Kitten Queen // May 16, 2020 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    now I find drawing cats much easier! ( I love cats )

  2. It really helped me!

  3. Money dude // May 3, 2020 at 12:32 am // Reply

    For 20 years I thought cats start from ovals!!

  4. Love#cool // May 3, 2020 at 12:25 am // Reply

    It is awesome because I got an A+ for my art project

  5. Who do think it is? // April 30, 2020 at 7:57 pm // Reply

    This was a very useful way of drawing a cat. Thanks!

  6. Thanks. It helped me SO MUCH!

  7. Thank you so much! It helped me draw the cat a little better then what I can draw without it.

  8. Had a lot of funny doing cats with my 6 year old daughter (who loves cats!)…thanks!

  9. I love the app

  10. I used it to draw my cat it’s amazing!

  11. nice i love it actually i am a artist i mostly love to see paintings but any how it is nice

  12. when i drew looked like a raccoon

  13. mine is ok

  14. I ❤ it! Can U do a dog?

  15. my cat have rat face

  16. my cat looks really fat.

  17. I did this in paint it was really easy (5yo)

  18. Easy Peasy …

  19. my cat looks like its haunted.

  20. needs more step, also mine is kind of fat.

  21. Super helpful! Thanks! 👍


  23. Great

  24. Drawing a cat is going to be really hard to draw.

  25. i hate this its so hard!!!

  26. Thanks you’re amazing !

    R’ p

  27. the kool kid // October 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    this is # FUN

  28. mine looks like a kidney bean

  29. WOW! This helped so much, thank you.

  30. iji nintendogs ds // February 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm // Reply

    very cool i like cats

  31. What the heck

  32. it looks amazing. thanks for the help

  33. Draw lightly, then darken.

  34. Very good turnout-although I would draw lightly and then darken when done.

  35. Mine looks like a cow.

  36. needs more details though

  37. Cat lover 123 // January 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm // Reply

    I’m still drawing it but I almost done by the way I like it

  38. I loved it

  39. wow! i can not do it.

  40. it lookd great

  41. thanks

  42. at the beginning it looks like a slanted snowman:)

  43. Yay second comment. Lookes like the steps don’t work at first,then does

  44. i had no idea that a catwas so ez to make

  45. Cats start from circles??!!??!!!!

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