I just take photos of my cat, and sometimes an occasional attempt @ drawing her from a photo since she doesn't stay in one place long enough.
Great tips on Pet photography - 9 pet tips.
Tip 1.If possible always use natural light when taking your pet in picture. Avoid flash, as flash burst can, not only cause red-eye, but also frighten the animal. Instead try to go outside or, if it is not possible, in a room well lit by a large window.
The photos here are of my cat with some Photoshop fun. Enjoy!