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American Sign Language:  "cat"

CAT (version)

The general version of the sign for cat starts with an "open F."   This handshape looks like a normal "F" except that the index finger and thumb are separated by about an inch. 

Place the "open F" handshape near the bottom of your nose and move it out to the side while changing it to a normal "F" handshape 

The sign "cat" can be done using a "G" handshape that starts near the bottom right of the nose and moves out to the right while changing from a normal "G" handshape to a "closed G" handshape:

CAT ("G" version)

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CAT ("8" version)
The sign for cat can even be done using an "8" handshape (instead of an "F" or a "G.")
That version starts with an "open 8" and moves to the side and closes into a normal 8 handshape.


CAT (old version) (not recommended)
The sign CAT uses just one hand for most everyday conversation. 
I sometimes use two hands when I'm feeling dramatic and/or signing stories to young children but that is about it.


Also see: "KITTEN"

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