The popularity of cats as pets is well documented, and in many cases, their importance and significance earn them a place as adored and much-loved members of the family, as opposed to mere animals. They enjoy hunting, eating and playing – and empty boxes tend to be one of the most tempting hiding spots…
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin by using a black fineliner pen to create a small, upside-down triangle shape in the center of your page.
Use the black to fill this shape in completely, creating a nose.
Add two small, curved lines, descending downwards from the bottom of the triangle, and curving down and across on either side.
Then, draw a large circle all around the shapes you have made so far.
Bisect your circle into three sections by drawing two curved lines, one on either side, descending from the top of the circle, and curving down and across to roughly halfway down the shape.
Add two small, black dots – one inside each of the shapes you just created.
Now, add two triangles to the top of the circle, and follow these with two smaller triangle shapes inside – these are the ears!
Add three sharp “spikes” on either side of the cat’s face, around in level with the nose.
Now add two long, thin “points” heading downwards from beneath the face of your cat – these are its paws!
Add two long, curved parallel lines, from just below the spikes on the right-hand side. These should curve down and across, joining at the end with another curve.
Now, add a four-sided shade beneath the cat – draw two lines out from the edges of the paws, and bring these down at a slight slant, joining at the bottom with a straight line. Use a ruler for this step.
Now, add depth to the box by bringing a line across from the bottom right-hand corner, angling this up slightly. Do the same from the top right-hand corner and join the two new lines at the back. Then, repeat on the top left-hand corner, bringing the line back to meet the body and face of the cat. Use the ruler for this step, too.
Add a series of small love heart shapes all around the design – cats really love boxes!
Use a light brown pen to fill in the paws, the insides of the ears, and the central portion of the face of the cat.
Grab the black fineliner pen and add a series of half-circle shapes to the tail of the cat…
Before filling in the remainder of the tail with a light brown pen.
Use an orange pen to fill in the rest of the ears and the head, as well as the shapes on the tail.
Use a brown pen to fill in the color of the box…
And a black pen to highlight the inside.
Finally, fill in the love heart shapes with a bright red pen!
There we have it! In just a few short steps, you have created your own adorable kitty in one of their favorite spots – an empty box.
When it comes to popular pets, the humble cat often comes out as a top choice for families across the world – and the relationship between cats and humans is one that dates back for thousands of years.
Perhaps the most famous examples come from Ancient Egypt, a region renowned for its devotion to and dedication to cats. The Ancient Egyptians are thought to have first domesticated cats around 4000 years ago, when an abundance of rodents attracted wild felines to the communities inhabited by humans. In turn, the cats were skilled at killing and hunting the unwanted rodents, wearing them a place in the hearts and lives of humans.
The Egyptians devotion to these furry friends extended to their religions, with the worship of a cat goddess, Bastet, and there is evidence that they mummified their beloved felines after death, allowing them to pass peacefully into the next world.
The rest, as they say, is history, and felines have long since shared the homes of humans, while plenty of the attributes shared by their wild ancestors. This includes an instinctive ability to hunt – domestic cats are natural hunters thanks to sharp claws and teeth and have an ability to stalk prey and pounce without a sound.
A combination of excellent hearing, swift agile movements, and long tails perfect for balancing make even the domestic cat a deadly predator, and they are known to take down smaller creatures, including birds, rodents, and to defend and protect their territory from other cats – this includes their humans if they are feeling particularly protective!