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Cat Run Cycle Template by Panimated Cat Run Cycle Template by Panimated
All right I finally finished a template a long time in the making! (At least in my head)
I draw a bunch of big cats, and I've already made a lion, so of course I had to do a house-kitty-cat at some point!

I've seen a lot of cat run cycles across the internet, but I rarely see one that's really convincing. Well now that I've made one, I can tell why it's tricky! Horses and dogs are pretty easy, as they like running, and they're long-distance runners. Finding good reference for those is easy. But not cats! Cats are sprinters, and leapers. They stalk, burst into action, run for a few seconds (throwing in a leap here and there), they change direction fast - and it seems they're always running in uneven terrain. So finding reference of a cat running at a steady pace - almost impossible. 

So I made this, trying my best to make a cat running at a steady pace - not trotting, not leaping, but trying to get out that characteristic springy run cycle. It was tricky, but I think it worked out pretty well! And of course, you can use it! I tried to make it a more standard house cat, with short-ish fur and small/medium build. 

Thank you for buying this template, by doing so you support me as an animator! :aww: It's thanks to the people who have bought my other templates that I have been encouraged to keep making more of these, so thank you for making it possible!

This cheap template can be used for pretty much anything!

Bullet; Yellow Reference sheets
Bullet; Yellow RPing
Bullet; Yellow Animation exercise
Bullet; Yellow Individual frames can be used in comics, series and such
Bullet; Yellow Reference
Bullet; Yellow Anything you can imagine! If you're in doubt, ask me! 

Do feel free to edit the template in any way you'd like, you could just colour it, or you could redraw the entire line-art to make it more your style, add hair, or change it's look however you'd like. It's yours to keep and do whatever you'd like to do with it!

Click here to buy the template with PayPal! (3$):

This download comes as a Zipped folder, and contains the following:

Bullet; White 1 PSD file containing all frames as layers (arranged and ready for animating)
Bullet; White 1 PNG-sequence (so you can use in other programs)

If you're not sure how to use this, perhaps this quick tutorial can be helpful:…
Otherwise you can commission me to colour it for you! (20-40£, depending on the complexity of your character)

:bookdiva: Rules! :bookdiva:

The template can be used for any personal and non-commercial use.

You can NOT use this template for the following:
Bullet; Black Commissions
Bullet; Black Redistribution (don't sell it or give it to anyone for free, or make it available to people to download for free or for your own earnings)

:heart: You don't HAVE to credit me, but it would be super appreciated! Also if you let me know that you've used this template, I will add a link in this description so more people get to see it :)

Let me know if you used the template, and I'll showcase it here! :la:

Midnight Run - Icon by X-Mystic-Midnight-X Run For It Run [Gif] by AgenderedKing

Thank you very much for buying the template, favouriting and sharing! By doing so you support my art, and allow me to make more :heart: :la:

More templates by me:

Lion Run Cycle Animation Template by Panimated Wolf Run Cycle Template by Panimated Wolf Trot Cycle Animated Template by Panimated 
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BlessedBlossom1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2019  Student General Artist
Wow! It's sooo smooth!!
dragonwings90 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm sorry to ask this, but what frame rate is this in? I know it's twelve frames total, but I don't know if it's 12 fps or 24 fps ^^;
I also don't know the frame rate for the wolf run template

Edit: Figured out that it's 20fps, but I don't know what the wolf one is
Panimated Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Professional Filmographer
I actually can't remember now, but I think I usually set each frame to show at 0.08 parts of a second? Photoshop has this dumb setup where they don't let me choose framerate, just how long each frame should show. But I think 20fps sounds and looks about right :) 
dragonwings90 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I checked with the cat one and it is 20fps, don't worry about it ^^
I'll try the same method for the wolf one when I get to it and I'll let you know, if you want
0Nightfall0 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
omg no I have no money
kittyrules2003 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool! I'm not really sure how I'd be able to customize it if I did pay for it, though :o I need a run cycle of my OC haha
Shalefoot Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Purchased and will be posting with credits towards you soon!
Panimated Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D 
Shalefoot Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still working through it -- it may take me a while to complete since I have my own things going on, but I will notify you with a tag when it is up :>
DARNITDEVIANTART Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Bear template? Please? 
Nikkydog Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
May I use this as a reference? ^^
SqdPxl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry to comment on an old submission, but this run cycle just has such a nice elastic feel to it! 
Panimated Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Professional Filmographer
I love comments on old and new submissions! Thank you! :D
saltyclam Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018   Artist
this is AMAZING!
L0v3MahDoggo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
♥ it! Great job!!
Used!  Fireheart running by FlyingFeatherToBe <------------- CLICK TO SEE THE ANIMATION
SneakyFox03 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, I was wondering if i could use this and your other works as a simple reference, without using the actual source material. Would I have to purchase the animation for that?
Panimated Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Professional Filmographer
It depends really how you use it - if you need it to work the mechanics of the run (when paws hit the ground, etc.) then I'm fine with it. copying or tracing is obviously not ok, but it doesn't sound like that's what you had in mind.
I think the test is; if you can recognise my animation in your final animation, then you've referenced too closely. Usually this happens if the proportions and mechanics copy mine exactly. Try using your own proportions and be a little creative with the movement (exaggerate some bits, tone down some bits) - make it your own :) 
The safest bet would be to just buy the animation of course! :P 
SneakyFox03 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah, I was mainly going to use it as a loose reference, not a copy. I seem to have gotten the basics down though, so I won't be using it. Thanks though.
AnonymousEclipse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
puppy-doq Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if u ever lower this i will buy, or i dont have enough points now but ill try to save up lol
WanderingWolverine Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017

No adopts for designs on using the base? Wanna make sure
Panimated Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Adopts are fine! As long as the person adopting your design doesn't get the blank animation template - you know? Just make it clear that they adopt the design you've made, not the animation :D (I think most adopters will understand :meow: )
lilvent89 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017
Gosh darn it!                     

I need to buy points...
vafiehya Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent by vafiehya  dear!
lIIuminated Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
If I bought the base would I be allowed to colour it for my friends' characters (for free of course)? Wasn't sure cause the characters don't belong to me, but I wouldn't be making anything off them so I thought I'd check before I decide to buy it! ^^
Panimated Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Yeah that's fine! :aww:
As long as you're doing it for free that's perfectly fine :D 
janetfig Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
how much would a commission be to add longer hair, a pink nose, and a white or pink background? I have NO idea how animations work butt his would look great on my website!
Miss-Oli Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You buy the base for $3.00, and you can edit it however you want. you can give it the longer hair, a pink nose, and a white or pink background
heartbloodrose Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bought it, I'm going to study the living crap out of it, till I can animate a cat running with out reference.
This is amazing thank you so much! Im only using it as a reference however I feel like you deserve the money.
caandles Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh this is amazing! I'm defiantly buying this ahhh <33
Panimated Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Filmographer
yayyy thank you very much! :la:
caandles Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!!
SketchyPawz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic! purchased c:
Panimated Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Professional Filmographer
yay! :la: Thank you!
sassyheart-adopts Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
Hello I just have a quick question. Your animations are amazing and it's so kind of you to make them available for others!
Anyways, I noticed you said that we are unable to redistribute it, I assume you mean the animation its self, but would that include adoptables? I would love to be about to make adopts out of this if it is alright with you, and of course they would not get the frame by frame, so they would be unable to reuse it/colour it on their own. 
Please let me know either way, if not I totally understand, but I had to ask ^^; 
Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Oh yeah, that's fine! As long as the people who make an adoption don't get free access to the blank animation template, that's absolutely fine :) You'd be adopting away your design, not the animation itself, the way I see it. 

Should you catch someone re-using or tracing the animation for something else completely, I'd appreciate if you let them know they should purchase the template first though. But I wouldn't hold it against you if that happened, so don't worry too much! :) 
sassyheart-adopts Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
Thank you so much ! And of course, I'll make sure they wouldn't get access to the blank template, that wouldn't be fair to you. 
Ill be purchasing this tomorrow !!
SplashFire-Warrior Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
This is amazing shame i cant buy it xD
Beffudlebug01 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Carp!! This is KEWL!!
EagleEye04 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
this is amazing
Scrybl Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ShadyPebblez this is goals
KimjiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
i will mostlikely buy for 3 dollars... u got kik?
Panimated Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional Filmographer
cool - what's kik? I can only take paypal now, through sellfy:
UNREAL-Koi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Eylaki Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Student General Artist
crossfinger for a horse template owo  

I very have difficulties to get how they walk and run ;v;
Panimated Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Hey! I probably won't do a horse template as :iconwild-hearts: has already made a couple which are better than what I think I can do :) I recommend checking those out if you need one! Here they are:

Downloadable Trotting Horse Template - ANIMATED by Wild-Hearts   Downloadable Trotting Horse Template 2 - ANIMATED by Wild-Hearts
TACOBELLABAE Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Do you have it in png files? If so, Id be so glad to buy it!
Panimated Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Yep! The download comes in a zip file containing all the frames in PNG-format :) 
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