By cat I mean an exceptionally large feral house cat.
I'll run through my usual process with furs. After I remove the skin and flesh it (usually), i either salt it and dry it, or if it is very hot out, just dry it in the sun in a meadow. When i want to work it i let it soak in the bathtub until it is well saturated. Usually there is still at least a bit of fleshing work to do left, so i do that now. I then, eaither begin hand stretching periodically, or rack my hide (i only rack larger hides). once my hide is starting to dry a little bit, i rub in brains or eggs and let sit a while, then continue working when it has soaked in (sometimes, instead of this, i just add bear fat periodically as i work my hide). if my hide is on a rack, i work it with a 1x4, if not, i work it over a wooden chair back. when hide starts to get dry, i fluff it up with a pumice stone. then smoke it.
right now i am doing a goat hide with the hair on, should be done by bed time tonight.