Worked on my kitty some more, and slapped a gradient behind her to get a feel for how the colors will work in this picture. Browns and muted reds will do the trick, I think.
Also, I did some research, and the swirly color pattern I’m trying to a achieve is called Classic Tabby. It’s so pretty!
Funny how fluffing out a cat’s cheeks gives their face a completely different expression. I think she’s gone from “rawr” to “purr”.