Whenever Grandma didn't want to bother answering my "What for?", she would reply, "Cat fur for kitty pants."
I don't think I ever thought to ask who made these kitty pants and if they were sewn or knitted from homespun cat fur. I suspect that was beside the point, but if I were to make kitty pants today, I would prefer to sew them. However, as I'm sewing them, I could also collect the cat fur from the project fabric and spin some cat fur yarn with what the cats leave behind.
As you can imagine, I haven't been overeager to set up shop where the cats are ever looking for that novel surface to lie on. Until...
We weren't using the cracker jar in the kitchen. Perfect! Now I can decorate with the pretty fabrics I'm sewing together even as I keep them safe from the cats and their kitty pants.
I'm very happy with the solution.