Image credit here. The Return of Odysseus (or Penelope with the Suitors, fresco transferred to canvas, c. 1509, Pinturicchhio (Bernardino di Betto)
The scene represents the explorer returning--with other suitors--to Penelope. Inexplicably, the suitors are demanding that she finish her weaving work. Zuffi tells us:
One of the most important figures in the scene is the large cat in the foreground, delighted to have caught a ball of thread to play with. For him, clearly, Penelope's weaving is no problem at all.
Ball of thread? Cat playing? Hello--that's a match made in heaven. Maybe one of the suitors will play with me?