I levelled and sharpened this a bit.
Cropped to remove some non-contributory space in the front.
It looks like you lose focus pretty fast. The front hair looks ok but the face isn't particularly sharp.
On-camera flash doesn't help this situation a lot. You might have some motion blur from the cat.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Image Date: 2007:03:03 10:47:26
Flash Used: Yes (Auto, red eye reduction mode)
Focal Length: 55.0mm
CCD Width: 22.20mm
Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60)
ISO equiv: 400
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
I like them both but I think the sharpened one makes the cat look 'sticky' or something. I don't know what to do otherwise but make it a little brighter and crop off some empty space. That is a pretty kitty!