I was wondering then if I should do backstitching (boring) or work on the cat (fun) first, but I decided to switch it of, and that is going quite well. So here's where I am today.
I have finished stitching the cat ears/top of his head, and have worked quite a bit on the backstitching. This way really suits me, so I will continue, although I do have to move my embroidery ring around a lot. But that is okay.
I am trying to face all my x's the same way in this piece, because the entire background is half stitches so I showed myself I am able to do it. So far, I think I succeeded!