15 Nov

IMG_20141115_150031The shelter said as long as there’s no blood in the poop, there’s nothing to test. So the kittens are not ill.  The shelter is double-checking the test to see if it was generating false positives.

Anyhow, it’s on to the next thing: Zooch’s right eye.  They’re concerned that he’s scratching it, so he’s coned now.  I free him for cuddles, eating, potty time, and face rubs.  I also trimmed his front claws and his siblings’ too.  My finger pad got slashed in passing last night (not on the playing portion).


Posted by on November 15, 2014 in oct2014 set



2 responses to “Coned

  1. Felix

    November 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I see three possibilities:

    1. The first test was a false positive.

    2. The second test was a false negative.

    3. They’ve been cured.

    Any idea what the odds are for each one? How does the false positive rate compare to the true positive rate? How does the false negative rate ocmpare to the self-cure rate?

  2. yetmorefosterkittens

    November 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    My personal guess is that they did have it, but were already recovering before it was diagnosed. They perhaps had better odds because I could force-feed them and really track their intake and weight, which would be harder in a natural setting. I also wonder if the stats are skewed by kittens that have it and are not diagnosed and get better without ever getting counted. There are also probably those that get it a die, undiagnosed. They only did a 2nd test the same day as the first test, so they are checking that their tools were okay. Anyhow, they’re acting healthy and presumed healthy, although I’ll have to clean a lot after they’re out of the house.


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