I see that you pay attention to composition very carefully, with the animal in the middle ground and at its most focused within the piece whereas the foreground and back ground are out of focus. Which makes the animal the vocal point easily. However, being that this majestic animal seems small compared to the background; you should have brought the background a little more into focus, this will alleviate confusion yet keep that painterly quality you have going. That is the better option because I like the fuzzy foreground. Or crop out some of the background it seems somewhat unnecessary. But you still will keep that rule of thirds even though you do crop out some of the background. You pay attention to your shutter speed well. Very nice work!
Excellent use of highlights and shadows. The lighting directly on the face of the feline really brings the focus there. Sharpness and clarity differences really help with the focus as well. You're doing an amazing job!