Post 1311: prey…

You know the look. Kitty is tense and alert, ready for the chase!


What’s the big deal? Why’s Dougy sneaking around?

Ready to pounce! He senses a chase!


Yes, Dougy’s waiting for Andy to walk by, then… POW! Wrestle him to the ground! (He barely can contain his excitement!)

Andy knew what was coming, so he held his ground on the box. [ I took this before I finished vacuuming, I see. Ugh!]


After a brief chase, Dougy went to his hidey hole in the guest bedroom. (I took his spot on the recliner in his absence. Clever me!)

Later , the kitty boys chased each other till they got worn out. A good chase was had by all!

28 thoughts on “Post 1311: prey…

  1. Dougy, you are so cute!

    Hey, I have an idea for a post for you. It would be contest with photos of Doug and Andy having us guess who is who. The winner could get a mention of their blog or whatever small prize you could dream up. I have no idea how to tell these brothers apart!!!

    • Dougy has a broader body, darker orangey eyes, and a broader head than Andy. Andy stands bit taller, is thinner bodied, has yellow eyes, and a narrower head. It is something that even I have difficulties telling some times! LOL! As for a contest, I can do that. I’ll give some thought to how to handle it and how hard to make the game. Maybe I need to have a few easy photos and several harder ones, say ten total, with a p = .20 of guessing the correct answers. I think I’d have people trying to guess the correct answers send me an e-mail with their guesses, and the first ten getting them correct would get both of my “business” cards, each of which features a kitty boy in a box. How does that sound? Perhaps the first one to submit the correct answers could get a set of two coffee mugs with the kitty boys on them. How does that sound like for a contest?

      • OMC?!? Where do I begin?

        Sounds like you know the difference between your cats because YOU’RE their cat daddy! And how in the world do you tell that Andy has a “thinner” body?!? They both have bearloads of fur! I’m thinking wookie cats here!

        Now, what’s with the “p = 0.20”??? I’m no statistician … Just some interweb chick who sometimes writes a blog about post-hysterectomy who likes cats and can only remember that n = 1000 being important when it comes to stats.

        Anywho, I’d love to play and am quite sure I won’t win but think anything you devise would be fun. The kitty mugs sound great as long as you label who is who … I don’t want drink coffee confused about which puss is on my mug!

        • n is the sample size, and p is the probability of something happening. p = 1.00 is something that 100% will happen; p = .20 means there is a 20% chance of something happening, that is to say, 1 chance in 5 tries of something happening. p = .50 means there is an equal chance of something happening, say tails landing up on a coin toss.

          You can demonstrate this by flipping a coin and marking down how often one or the other side lands up. The more times you toss the coin, the greater likelihood you will have an equal number of heads or tails popping up.

          That’s where n = 1000 takes on significance. Sample size matters. About the smallest sample size I could deal with in my work was 25 data points, but the calculations produced numbers that had to be used with huge blocks of salt because the chance for statistical noise (a measure of factors that might shift the results another direction but that aren’t measured or accounted for in the final numbers for any reason – poor sampling methodology, wrong measuring tool, environmental factors, human error) was huge.

          It is impossible to determine all possible outcomes of an event, but a large enough sample can be used to determine a probability that something will happen. When you see a political poll expressed as some percentage +/- 3.0%, it suggests a certain level of probability that the percentage expressed it fairly close to what you’d find if you sampled 100% of the population, which, of course, is costly, time consuming, and basically impossible.

          Yes, the statistical error, expressed as +/- some percent, is meant to give you a sense of how much credence to give the number. Ideally, that statistical error will be as low as costs, time, and methodology used to sample a population allow.

          When it comes to elections, say, the final tally of votes cast is the best poll result possible.

          I note, though, as someone who worked with statistical probabilities in my work life, that I always kept in mind this Italian saying I came across: A thousand probabilities don’t equal one fact.

          Another quote I tried to keep in mind while doing my numbers thing with production data was “Torture numbers and they will confess to anything. All that said – whew! – I suspect most people, even I, can’t guess which kitty is which in all photos. p = .50 of getting it right! With a knowledge of the kitties, though, that probability for me might be more like p = .95 for me, or higher.

          I have the benefit of knowing how they move, act when picked up or resist being picked up.

          As for Andy having a narrower body and face, these things are easily seen when you have the two together, fuzzy fur or not!

          I suspect I subconsciously add together more than one clue at a time, say, face, eyes, and body language, then think I sorted which is which by eye color that time.

          The coffee mugs have the kitty boys’ names on them. Remind me if I don’t do something with the idea of a contest. One limiting for me is time and money since I am on dialysis three times a week and am a retired person. I do like the idea, though a contest can get out of hand if not thought out.

          Here’s a link to a post where the mugs are show:

          I have them in different sizes and use them practically daily. I think OI have something like eight different photos of the late Louie the ginger cat and the kitty boys on mugs and various items like shopping bags, Christmas cards, etc.

          • Thanks for sharing the stats information breakdown. I wonder if you could be my tutor if I ever attempt a stats class again?

            I especially liked the Italian quote.

            Dialysis huh? I’m a nurse and have had many dialysis patients over my 20+ year career. Hope all is steady and well for you. ☺

            I love your blog and I’m glad I found it. I really enjoy seeing all the photos of your furry bears. 😸😻

          • Thank you, Elizabeth! Thank you for the encouraging comments, but especially thank you for your service as a nurse. I have lots of experience with medical personnel, and I have nothing but the highest regard for people in your difficult profession! I oftentimes learn more about my medical issues from nurses than from doctors, and I have yet to find a nurse who is anything less than caring, dedicated, uncomplaining (around patients, at least!), professional, and competent. I can’t sing the praises of nurses loud enough! My dialysis nurses are everything I mention above, and they deny walking on water when I suggest maybe they can and do. LOL!

          • A dialysis nurse is a very special nurse as you know because it is a specialty all of it’s own. And dialysis patients can’t be lumped together because they are innumerable reasons for CKD and the patients come from different socioeconomic and educational levels as well. Generally speaking, I love working with educated patients of all kind because I feel like it’s oftentimes more of a team effort and we can often go beyond the basics … I learn so much from patients! ❤

          • How true. That describes the nurses and patients in our unit quite well. We are a little family, tied together by a grim reality. I have the added distinction (!) of being he only one in the unit there because of Wegener’s granulomatosis-related CKD instead of diabetes, which I don’t have. I am very committed to being a part of the team involved in my care because I do have a are disease, with different concerns and treatments than diseases it mimics. I find the doctors and nurses involved in my care are appreciative of my involvement because I am basically a patient patient, give them feedback without being asked (“This is how it feels when you do that, and you aren’t causing me pain….” That one seems to be the one they most like to hear!) and feedback when they do. My worst trait: I am a chatterbox, and have to remember not to talk when they are concentrating on set ups or corrective action on the dialysis machine. Oops! I also am a cheerleader for the nurses, reminding them regularly how appreciative I am for their skill, concern, experience. I see we are basically in agreement about the nurse-patient relationship! I learn from them, and they get feedback that encourages and supports them from me. You are right, too, dialysis nurses are specially trained for the job above and beyond training to become an LPN or RN, and those in my unit are clearly committed to expanding their knowledge in ways that make them even better nurses in future. One LPN took leave o study to become an RN. They PA who comes around with the doctor was a nurse who returned to school to become a PA. Another was a medic in the military who returned to civilian life, became an RN then a dialysis nurse. It’s hard not to be excited being around people who are that committed to doing what they do!

          • I don’t make the assumption that everyone with CKD has DM … Like you and the Wegener’s. I always have to look that up as a refresher when patients say they have that. I am glad we have gotten a chance to connect. I just love blogging, reading blogs, following people and commenting! ☺

    • Andy and Dougy heartily concur! I’d say it’s their favorite toyless game, and they play it at least once or twice a day, usually at the first of the morning, then toward dark. Carpet gives them great traction. I guarantee you won’t believe how fast the little darlings can run! I encourage it since they need cardio exercise, especially now that they are headed for the Big 6! (Their sixth birthday is July 1st.)

    • I hope so! It looks pretty good today since I vacuumed since taking the photo. One of their litter boxes is near by and their little footsies carry some of the litter out of the box.

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