but this was as close as I could come to matching the cat!
Suggestions for future reference
1. Save all cat hair you can get.
2. Felt it.
Apparently felting and fulling are not the same thing and what we call felting is really fulling as it's done after spinning and knitting.
By following steps 1 and 2 as shown above you can skip the whole knitting process. Or...
3. Just wear the cat around your neck.
The advantage to #3, besides the work not involved, is that eventually you and your clothes will all match the cat.