So I made the cat with a spool thread, playing on the cat/yarn love affair. I figured the spool was kind of cream colored like Meadow (the afore-mentioned cat), so I added dark ears, nose, feet, and tail. I even tried to color the eyes a blue color on top of the screws and, of course, I gave her a few little whiskers.
I'm not sure how I feel about this new development. Mostly, I feel like a traitor. Cats!