I managed to crochet a kitty-tribute potholder before the 4th of July to gift to my friends, Carol and Thane who recently lost their cat, Milo. I do love this pattern. It's actually a square for an afghan called "Cats Squared." I crocheted a striped piece for the back and joined the two pieces together to make a hot-pad or potholder.
Carol and Thane recently adopted a new kitty with a heart-shaped fur mark. Max, aka Maximilien Luce Prescott-Tierney. Max has absconded with my potholder and uses it as a sort of prayer rug.