The answer is RACCOON.
The animal is large enough to eat a monster
amount of cat food, but small enough (and smart enough) to enter through
a cat door, plus the footprints with 5 long toes are a dead giveaway.
Yup, I have a problem on my hands; the cat door is now blocked and Josh
the Cat is not happy one bit.
Extra kudos to Ranger Rich who
recognized that these were not tracks from a moose, since a moose would
use the front door!
Special thanks to Tom Brown Jr. for sharing his skill of sideheading
and countless other teachings and inspiration. I never thought
sideheading would be a practical skill when it was first taught to me,
but now I have put it to good use, and you can too. Just don’t leave
your cat door open at night! :)
Enjoy the summer,
P.S. For those of you who are wondering about the wisdom of letting
Josh the cat out to terrorize and dine on chipmunks and songbirds, You
don't have to worry. He's 17 yrs old, very slow & gentle, and sleeps 20
hrs a day. When he sleeps, he sleeps real deep, robins will dig for
worms & rabbits will graze within 10 feet of him. :-)