I went to have a second look at that scat pile Laddie found this morning. And you know, it kinda looks like cat. We do have quite a few bobcats here, and on one occasion we even accidentally documented that they will come close to the cabin.
I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me earlier, but the possibility exists that he tried to challenge a cat for his territory. And that would have been bad because a bobcat would have run away, and Laddie most certainly would have wanted to chase, and it was dark, and… Anyway, I should have praised him more for listening to me and coming away.