I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
I was working on adding a little of my haul to LibraryThing when I noticed some of the other covers for Chanur's Venture. Here's what my copy looks like:
This works for me as a representation of Chanur, based on what I remember of the first book. I recall Tully having difficulty believing that Chanur and her whole crew were female, and Chanur and her crew saw Tully's beard as a scraggly mane.
Here are the covers that made me lol: