As it turns out, it was a real bobcat, like this one! I know it looks all cuddly and cute, but that's 30 pounds of hungry, wild cat that's not used to being around people! Apparently, they are native to the outlying areas around here, and it is suspected that he wandered in along the bayous and found a cozy spot to spend the night! They had to tranquelize it to safely remove him, and he has since been relocated to a state park nearby.
Now, Miss Ginger loves her some kitties... but she's pretty sure she'd soil her bloomers if she ever encountered one of these things heading to her car on the way home from work!!