How to Make a Cat Face Symbol Using Your Computer Keyboard

Cat pictures are all over the Internet, but you can also create an image of a furry feline friend using just the characters on your keyboard. Once you master the basics, choose from several variations, each varying in complexity and more adorable than the one before, although there are a few roadblocks to be aware of.

Cat pulls a paw to the laptop
So easy, even a cat can do it!
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Basic Cat Face

  1. Create the first whisker: type an equal sign by pressing the = key. After this step, you will have: =

  2. Create the first eye: Type a caret (^) by pressing the Shift key, then the 6 key. After this step, you will have: =^

  3. Create the mouth: Type two periods by pressing the period key two times. After this step, you will have: =^..

  4. Create the other eye and whisker: Type a caret and an equal sign. If done correctly, the figure produced should have vertical symmetry and look like a cat. When complete, you will have: =^..^=

  5. Add some variations: Vary the symbol by replacing the two periods with a hyphen or an underscore: =^-^= or =^_^=. There is room for creativity, so feel free to introduce new variations.

Adding Feet

  1. Create a new line: Begin creating the cat's feet on the line of text below the one on which the cat face is located by pressing the Enter key.

  2. Create the first foot: Type an open parenthesis followed by a a quotation mark and a closed parenthesis After this step, you will have: (")

  3. Create the second foot: Repeat Step 2. After this step, you will have: (")(")

  4. Enjoy your cat face. The cat face and feet together will look like this:

=^..^= (")(")

When using multiple lines of text to create a cat with feet, the figure may not appear correctly when using a font that is not monospaced, meaning a font whose letters do not have a uniform horizontal width. Examples of common monospaced fonts include Courier and American Typewriter. Many common fonts, including Times New Roman and Arial, are not monospaced. These are known as proportional fonts.