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

Updated on October 30, 2017

Hello and welcome to tutorial! In this drawing tutorial, you will learn how to draw a simple cat using some very basic shapes.

As a note of interest, the cat I have drawn for 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 property of the author, Heather Broster. Please do not use without permission.

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1. The Head Part I

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 completely 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 really 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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        Pamela 5 months ago

        I love how you drew that cat it’s cute

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        Mae 6 months ago

        Omg I love that cat is cute

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        Lily 11 months ago

        omg I love this cat. You drew

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        peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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        Wonderland365 4 years ago

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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.

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        Takkhis 5 years ago

        Cats stuff, nice lens.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        Awesome! Gotta add this page to my kitties lenses

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @anonymous: i know right

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        so hard but so cute

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        webscan 5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @eilval: I Know Right And Me Too :D

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        LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

        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.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        lovely loved it

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        bloggerjon 5 years ago

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

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        Kumar P S 5 years ago

        Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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        mumsgather 5 years ago

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

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        Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

        Your cat is so cute. Nice instructions.

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        Kerry-Ann 5 years ago

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

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        Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

        Really nice and easy - have bookmarked this !

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        psiloveyou1 5 years ago

        Very good tutorial for kids...good job!

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        Musicalcroc LM 5 years ago

        Cute! Thanks for sharing.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        fullofshoes 5 years ago

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

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        pearllingo 5 years ago

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

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        writerkath 5 years ago

        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!

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        Ann Scaling Tucker 5 years ago from Enid, OK

        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.

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        newage74 5 years ago

        Should be new skill, dam this ipad keyboard

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        newage74 5 years ago

        Hehehe been practising my skill to my kids all afternoon

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        david-grace-39 5 years ago

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

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        stressless-2 5 years ago

        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!

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        pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

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

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        Adele Jeunette 5 years ago

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

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        CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

        You make it look so easy!

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        SteveKaye 5 years ago

        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.

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        deragonflyz 5 years ago

        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. :)

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        JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

        I love all of your drawing tutorial lenses.

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        Bookmama2 5 years ago

        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!

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        TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

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

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        getmoreinfo 5 years ago

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

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        savateuse 5 years ago

        Excellent! I love this lens :)

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        peggygallyot 5 years ago

        I found drawing the cat easy now.

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        UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

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

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        anilsaini 5 years ago

        nice trick

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        MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

        You've made it so simple to draw. Thanks

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        MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

        You've made it so simple to draw. Thanks

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        purpleslug 5 years ago

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

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        McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

        Nice, I can write a cat now.

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        cleanyoucar 5 years ago

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

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        thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

        that's so amazing lens like it

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        Sunshine38 LM 5 years ago

        I love cats, nice lens :)

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        fitnessjunkie8 5 years ago

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

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        AlexTedford 5 years ago

        Cute lens!

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        bloggerjon 5 years ago

        Another simple idea that works really well, nice lens

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        jessicahoward 5 years ago

        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

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        magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

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

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        Millionairemomma 5 years ago

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

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        Rs9981 5 years ago

        Simple yet super fun! Thanks

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

        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!

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        Khali64 5 years ago

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

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        Alethia LM 5 years ago

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

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        Jen 5 years ago from California

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

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        Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

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

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        seedplanter 5 years ago

        My granddaughter will love this!

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        fryroost 5 years ago

        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

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        Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

        Wonderful instruction!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        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!

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        ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

        no but it looks easy to do.

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        pawpaw911 5 years ago

        Looks almost easy enough for me to do.

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        SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

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

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        lessermortals 5 years ago

        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.

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        Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        tutors091 5 years ago

        Cutie cutie cat cat. Easy tuts

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        dream1983 5 years ago

        amazing lens! Very useful thank you! Squidlikes!

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        Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

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

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        BelieveItOrNot 5 years ago

        Of course I tried it, Kool cat!

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        What_to_Know 5 years ago

        my cat ate my cat drawing

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        PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

        Sorry no. I tend to draw Garfield.

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        randomthings lm 5 years ago

        this is a really clever page. Love the cats!

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        RoadMonkey 5 years ago

        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).

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        Tea Pixie 5 years ago

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

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        kmyangel 5 years ago

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

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        Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

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

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        TheFitnessGuru 5 years ago

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