So, this happened:
My visiting kitty also mangled several other house plants, unrolled and shredded all the toilet paper, stole one of my loafers, and tore up the arm of my couch. Thankfully the couch was one of my curbside finds (eew, a loveseat from the curb? I know, I know), so this just might be life's way of telling me it's time to buy a "real" couch.
I don't think I'll be getting a cat any time soon.