To make one you'll need:
1) Air-dry clay
2) A bowl of water
3) A toothpick
4) Water-proof varnish ( most varnish is water proof)
5) Acrylic paint with various
Step 1: Prepare the clay
Take chunk of clay about the size of your palm. Squish it down to a flat shape and add dabs of water, just a bit at a time. You are going to want the clay really soft and malleable .
Divide this clay into three parts, one should be for the body of the cat, one should be for the legs and tail, and a tiny bit for the collar and ears.
Step 2: Making the body and head
Divide the clay into a sausage like shape and a small ball. Press the sausage into a curved shape with a sort of domed back. With your fingers raise one end of the sausage to make it flat , like a cats chest. On top of the chest, make a dent with your finger and add a dab of water.
This is the basic shape, scrape the sides of the head onto the body connecting them together. Look at the pictures to see how it's done. With a wet finger smooth these sides and mold it to look like a cat's neck, nice and stout. Shape the head into a triangular shape with rounded edges, a.k.a. a cat's head.