Set the (Simple) Scene and Use Natural Light. Snapping your cat’s photo on a plain, but bright, background (such as a white or yellow wall, chair, or blanket) allows your kitty to be the center of attention in your photo. Too much background clutter will detract from your subject in all his unique perfection.
Also, the right lighting can make the difference in capturing “the money shot.” Most cats are skittish by nature. After a flash or two, your cat will definitely catch on and he will look (if not run) away. Chose a location with plenty of natural light to avoid irritating your cat, not to mention creating unwanted shadows and red-eye effects in your photos. Also, natural light is usually best during early morning or late afternoon hours.