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How to Draw a Cat: Step-by-Step Drawing Tutorial for Kids

Heather is a language and drawing enthusiast who enjoys helping others realize their visual art skills.

Draw a cat with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow!

Draw a cat with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow!

Drawing a Cat Is Easy!

Drawing a cat doesn't have to be difficult. Learn how to draw a simple cat using some very basic shapes!

The cat drawn in this tutorial is based on my three-year-old orange kitty, Marigold, who, in her calmest of moments, enjoys crossing one paw over the other, as if she were an Egyptian sphinx. You will find her in this position on almost any narrow surface no matter how uncomfortable - the arm of a chair, the window ledge, and even my leg! As such, it seemed appropriate to represent her in this peculiar position.

I do hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you do draw a cat, please send it to me so I may share it on this page!

All drawings are the property of the author, Heather Broster. Do not use without permission.

A finished drawing of a cat

A finished drawing of a cat

Have no confidence in drawing?

No worries! With this helpful tutorial, you'll be drawing cute cats in no time!


1. The Head

The first step is very easy. Simply draw a roundish oval shape in the middle of your page. This oval will represent your cat's head. Do not make the oval too long (as it will give your cat a less attractive appearance)!


2. The Posterior

Next, draw a longer oval below the first oval. The top of the second oval should sit just above the middle of the head. The bottom line of the head should serve as the invisible line that would divide the second oval in half.


3. The Anterior

Next, draw a third oval. This oval should look more circular than the second oval - similar to a round piece of play dough that has been dropped on a table surface. Just under two-thirds of the third oval should sit within the boundaries of the first and second oval. The lower third should stick out the bottom.

In short, you should have a long oval flanked by two smaller, rounder ovals that overlap. Refer to the picture to the right for a clearer image.


4. Cleaning up the Body

This is the step where these three abstract ovals should start resembling a cat! Erase all the lines within the first oval (the head). Do the same with the third oval (the anterior) but make sure the head is in the foreground. The second oval (posterior) should be erased, save the two lines jutting out on either side of the head and the anterior.


5. The Face and Ears

Now it is time to bring out kitty to life! Start by drawing two triangular ears on the top of the head. Draw two smaller triangles inside to represent the inner ear.

For the face, draw a triangle shape in the centre of the face. From the nose, draw two hooks coming down to form the mouth. If you choose, you can draw a couple of lines coming out from the muzzle to make whiskers. Above the nose, draw two small ovals and a curved line above each to create the eyes.


6. The Paws and Tail

In the case of explaining Marigold's sphinx position, a picture is worth a thousand words. The impression you ultimately need to give is that your cat's paws are crossed. As such, start by drawing one paw that curved upwards, leaving space for the other paw underneath. Make sure the two paws are the same size. If you wish, draw a few lines on each paw to show where her lethal claws are hiding!

Then, above the head, draw a wiggly line for the tail. Doing so will give your cat cartoon true depth.

Property of Heather Broster

Property of Heather Broster

7. The Finished Product

Now it is time to add the finishing touches. You can choose to "decorate" your cat however you like. I have chosen to give her stripes, as my Marigold has tabby markings. Other options include spots or nothing at all! Remember that it's your cat - you are free to choose!

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Did You Try Drawing This Cute Cartoon Cat? Please Let Us Know You Stopped By

Zophi on December 09, 2018:

my fave cat I had was Bane but we had to put him down.

Megapus on October 15, 2018:

I am so into this and it is very cool and I love it

Pamela on November 17, 2017:

I love how you drew that cat it’s cute

Mae on October 02, 2017:

Omg I love that cat is cute

Lily on May 13, 2017:

omg I love this cat. You drew

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 29, 2014:

clever idea, this is extremely easy to follow, voted up

Wonderland365 on March 22, 2014:

Cool! I love drawing cats and animals! I would recommend this site for everyone. Thanks for the steps!

anonymous on January 24, 2013:

it was the best easyest steps ever i would love to buy the books but i don't have enough money and my parents would get the wrong thing.

Takkhis on October 21, 2012:

Cats stuff, nice lens.

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

Very cute. I'm stuck on #5 as I can't get the paws quite right (LOL).

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on October 11, 2012:

Awesome! Gotta add this page to my kitties lenses

anonymous on October 02, 2012:

@anonymous: i know right

anonymous on October 02, 2012:

so hard but so cute

webscan on September 04, 2012:

Not yet, when I log off I am gonna launch Paint, then I will!

anonymous on August 17, 2012:

@eilval: I Know Right And Me Too :D

LabKittyDesign on July 01, 2012:

Nicely done! We find most how-to-draw-it guides go like this:Step 1: Big circle.Step 2: Big circle + little circle.Step 3: Vitruvian man.

anonymous on June 25, 2012:

lovely loved it

bloggerjon on June 22, 2012:

My son loves to colour in and these are great and easy to follow, great lens

Kumar P S on June 22, 2012:

Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

mumsgather on June 18, 2012:

Very nice step by step guide for kids. Will learn this, then go and impress my kids. haha.

Little Linda Pinda from Florida on June 17, 2012:

Your cat is so cute. Nice instructions.

Kerry-Ann on June 17, 2012:

tha's great. I'll have to show my daughter. She'll love it

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on June 17, 2012:

Really nice and easy - have bookmarked this !

psiloveyou1 on June 17, 2012:

Very good tutorial for kids...good job!

Musicalcroc LM on June 17, 2012:

Cute! Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on June 16, 2012:

very well done!!! keep up the good work and I will keep mine too... ehehehe....

fullofshoes on June 16, 2012:

Adorable. I might try drawing one myself! ~blessed~

pearllingo on June 16, 2012:

This is great. I really enjoyed it. Perfect for the kids. Thank you

writerkath on June 16, 2012:

Hee hee... I DID try it - step by step along with you. Ok. So MY cat looks ok in the head, but the posterior looks a little like a pancake, and the paws and front part look like a lopsided balloon. BUT I got the idea! I'll have to show this to my stepdaughter and her kids! Very cute! :) Blessed!

Ann Scaling Tucker from Enid, OK on June 16, 2012:

I copied this file so my grandson can try to draw your cat. He likes to draw. That cat is so cute......thanks for providing this. Have a great day and a little SquidAngel dust for good measure.

newage74 on June 16, 2012:

Should be new skill, dam this ipad keyboard

newage74 on June 16, 2012:

Hehehe been practising my skill to my kids all afternoon

david-grace-39 on June 16, 2012:

Hehe that's a very cute and simple way to draw a cat, just the sort of cat I wanted to draw =]

stressless-2 on June 16, 2012:

Great instructions! As a want-a-be artist that never takes the time to draw, this challenge was fun. I picture paintings in my mind that I want to do but usually settle for drawing elephants, while on hold on the phone. Now I can add cats to my idle time sketches. Love you lens!

pinoyrecipe on June 16, 2012:

such a great step by step instructions, keep it up. I'm looking forward for more. :)

Adele Jeunette from Colorado on June 16, 2012:

Very nice. I can't draw, but I can follow directions.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on June 16, 2012:

You make it look so easy!

SteveKaye on June 15, 2012:

Olivia Felini (my cat) wants me to give this a Four Paws rating and a hearty Meow. Thanks for publishing this. Now, I'm going to find my pens.

deragonflyz on June 15, 2012:

This is a fantastic idea! I'm new to Squidoo and looking at other peoples sites to see how it all works. I'm also an artist and would like to find ways to use my art to create an online income. You have inspired me. :)

JodiFromFlorida on June 15, 2012:

I love all of your drawing tutorial lenses.

Bookmama2 on June 15, 2012:

This is awesome. I'm not a kid, just an unartistic adult (who looks like a dog). I will try out your cat drawing instructions right now!

TeagueChubak LM on June 15, 2012:

Another wonderful tutorial. As I am a very poor artist, these are perfect for me!

getmoreinfo on June 15, 2012:

I like these drawings, you are a good artist, Thanks for the tutorials.

savateuse on June 15, 2012:

Excellent! I love this lens :)

peggygallyot on June 15, 2012:

I found drawing the cat easy now.

UKGhostwriter on June 15, 2012:

Very good... I'm working on a lion!

anilsaini on June 14, 2012:

nice trick

MrInfopreneur on June 14, 2012:

You've made it so simple to draw. Thanks

MrInfopreneur on June 14, 2012:

You've made it so simple to draw. Thanks

purpleslug on June 14, 2012:

Wow! What a great lesson and you made it so simple. Thanks!

McBub-Squidoo on June 14, 2012:

Nice, I can write a cat now.

cleanyoucar on June 14, 2012:

Great tips for kids :D Helps them develop their artistic side

thememorybooksh1 on June 13, 2012:

that's so amazing lens like it

Sunshine38 LM on June 13, 2012:

I love cats, nice lens :)

fitnessjunkie8 on June 13, 2012:

Love this! Can't wait to share with my artistic kiddos!

AlexTedford on June 13, 2012:

Cute lens!

bloggerjon on June 13, 2012:

Another simple idea that works really well, nice lens

jessicahoward on June 13, 2012:

amazing way for kid to learn drawing a is so simple and clearly shown.....i am going to teach my little nephew who to draw a simple and easy...............thanks friend

magictricksdotcom on June 13, 2012:

Yes, I did! Great instructions, even for the older "kids".

Millionairemomma on June 12, 2012:

Love your step by step instructions......great idea!!

Rs9981 on June 12, 2012:

Simple yet super fun! Thanks

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

Very easy to follow instructions thank you very much I am not able to draw Cats but I can draw them a bit easier

CCTVwebmaster on June 12, 2012:

Great lens, my daughters love to draw and as I'm really rubbish at drawing I could do with some great instructions! We'll try this tomorrow!

Khali64 on June 12, 2012:

Great instructions! I have learned to draw it just now and can't wait to show my kids!

Alethia LM on June 12, 2012:

For kids?!?! This is for me too! Woot woot - I can draw now! :PThanks for the tips :-)

Jen from California on June 12, 2012:

Great tutorial! I'm going to try it with my son today! Hopefully my cat will actually look like a cat :)

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on June 12, 2012:

I tried it with my granddaughter also and she loved it. Thanks.

seedplanter on June 12, 2012:

My granddaughter will love this!

fryroost on June 12, 2012:

WoOw Awesome, I just drawn the with the specified step to draw a cat and it become the same cat shown in the example of the lens than, my nephew love cats so i would like to teach these steps to draw a cat ;-) Scenare Health Canada

Lori Green from Las Vegas on June 11, 2012:

Wonderful instruction!

anonymous on June 11, 2012:

Nicely done tutorial and cat drawings. I see you many other drawing lens that I will have to check out when I have more time. ~ Blessed!

ryokomayuka from USA on June 11, 2012:

no but it looks easy to do.

pawpaw911 on June 11, 2012:

Looks almost easy enough for me to do.

SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on June 11, 2012:

Of course I tried the drawing - it's just my level of artistic ability! :)

lessermortals on June 11, 2012:

hahahaha I showed this to my little girl and she was delighted trying it. She's an aspiring artist, long road ahead of her but trying your cartoon cat was one of the best starts she had.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

Will try this one. Good to start on upgrading my drawing skills.

tutors091 on June 11, 2012:

Cutie cutie cat cat. Easy tuts

anonymous on June 11, 2012:

My son likes it. He is trying .....and trying.......

dream1983 on June 11, 2012:

amazing lens! Very useful thank you! Squidlikes!

Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on June 11, 2012:

Looks about my level of ability! Thanks for sharing- will bookmark for later- am often needing pics of animals for kids.

BelieveItOrNot on June 11, 2012:

Of course I tried it, Kool cat!

What_to_Know on June 10, 2012:

my cat ate my cat drawing

PaigSr from State of Confusion on June 10, 2012:

Sorry no. I tend to draw Garfield.

randomthings lm on June 10, 2012:

this is a really clever page. Love the cats!

RoadMonkey on June 10, 2012:

I didn't try drawing it but I am going to save it up for my granddaughter to try out. She wants to be an artist. Great tutorial for kids (and adults too).

Tea Pixie on June 10, 2012:

Magical! I have used cartooning to teach reading and instructions like these are so helpful. I hope many kids find your article. Well done!

kmyangel on June 10, 2012:

I really enjoyed your tutorial ! Thumbs up for your idea ! Kisses :*

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on June 07, 2012:

Fabulous lens! I love this cat drawing tutorial :)Squid Angel Blessed!

TheFitnessGuru on June 06, 2012:

I am thrilled I found your lenses! I want to try these out for myself.