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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.)

61 Comments on How to Draw a Cat

  1. i drew this so good lol!

  2. Nekogotmeow // May 5, 2024 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    My cat head is fine but the body looks like a roller skate💀

  3. meowcat2.0 // March 6, 2024 at 9:08 am // Reply

    thanks this helped my poster

  4. Cool thanks for helping meowt get it😻

  5. bad and I hate to draw a ca his way it’s so hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. How do I cat? ¯\_( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)_/¯

  7. meow heart lol // November 17, 2023 at 10:21 am // Reply

    im glad you did this! really helpful

  8. How do it with marker

  9. wow its helpful

  10. my cat is bad but yours is good

  11. wow nice drawing

  12. This was very useful, now I know how to draw a cat lol. 😀😀😂😂

  13. - Some Girl who likes dogs better than cats // November 11, 2022 at 2:57 pm // Reply

    I never knew I was really good at drawing until I found this, THANK YOU!!!

  14. Thank you!

  15. Nice work😃!!

  16. hacker000 // May 24, 2022 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    i know you

  17. Thanku so much for the cat

  18. Cats might be used for evil deeds but they are better than dogs

  19. Thanks my cat is terrible but yours is nice

  20. My mom love cats. So do I!

  21. I love. Cat’s!

  22. Wow ,Intresting

  23. I really love cats becos my cats died

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

  25. Thank you.

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

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

  28. Wow! It really helped me.

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

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

  31. 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…

  32. 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!

  33. This was really helpful!

    -a purrson who loves cats

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

  35. I’m confused… I don’t get it

  36. thank you this helped me a lot

  37. yo that cat is cool

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

  39. You made it easy. Thanks

  40. wow it really helps

  41. What do I do?

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

    It was pretty helpful!

  43. 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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