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Mon, Feb 8 | By Gabrielle Jonas | 48

With an uncanny knack for predicting which patients are reaching their final hours, Oscar, a cat in a Rhode Island nursing facility, is signaling staff to alert family members. The five-year-old tomcat, who has made about 50 corr… more ›

Uncanny Cat Keeps Vigil for the Dying
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di
4 years ago

having been around cats all my life and knowing them, I can say they do have a sense about them that we have not paid attention to or care to zone in on. I have had cats hiss at people and have paid attention to how they react when certain people come around, their sixth sense is more accurate than ours. As dogs have shown in helping with diabetes, seizures, and even cancer, I am sure that cats have the aweness that makes them mysterious creatures that they are.

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Kelsey D.
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Kelsey D.
4 years ago

A cat in a hospital? My mother (a nurse) would have a heart attack!

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kathlene d.
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kathlene d.
4 years ago

I wonder if the patients are able to know that the cat is hanging out in their room or if they are pretty much out of it anyway. A really neat story though

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Bentchbites
4 years ago

this is amazing! i've heard of animals knowing a coming earthquake or storm or tsunami but a "sentry for the dying" that's just awesome!

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

I wonder how the patients/residents feel about Oscar hanging around their rooms?! An amazing story.

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

That is amazing.. and if I was able to leave here peacefully with a cat or dog beside me.. then I would say I am blessed.. he gives them much comfort I am sure.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

Wow! This cat is doing such an important job, for the patients & for the staff. I know I'd feel more comforted with a furry friend during my last hours.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

This was all over our local news last week.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

I saw this on our news last week too.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

They find Oscar to be very comforting, but if he walked in MY room I'd have a coronary right on the spot!!

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

LOL I think it's pretty cool that he doesn't want anyone to die alone.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree with both you and Rose. It would be comforting to have a furry friend nearby in those final moments, but I also am not so sure I would want the advanced warning.

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Julie
4 years ago

What a wonderful story, I am glad that Oscar is helping out in his own way. He is part of the staff and does his job to help those transition on to the next step.

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Judi D.
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Judi D.
4 years ago

What an awesome cat. He gives warning and comfort.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

oscar certainly is a heck of a cat.
i wonder what he would do if two people were dying at the same time.

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Stephanie
4 years ago

what an amazing cat! when I lost my old cat Bob, my year-old cat Grease knew I was upset and followed me around all day, it was very sweet.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i have read about tis cat before. this is a wonderful thing so the families can hopefully get there to say godbye but i would wonder how much it may scare the concencious patients who are the ones he goes to.

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Sharon
4 years ago

You have a good point Daryl, but on the other side,
it is with sincere hope that the patient is an animal
lover and at the last stages of their life they find
comfort with them and does not know the true reason
of the the animals insight.

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Irineyuma
4 years ago

Cats have special "sense".They feel different things,which people can not to feel.
Cats can predict many things and bad weather,and earth-quake and fire.Many cats were help to save lifes of the people.
I respect cats.They are clever and understanding.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

if people would just pay attention most animals can predict things like eathquakes, tsuamis, flood etc. just pay attention to them

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

You are so right. I even hear during hurricane season to watch the animals to know how bad an area will get hit.

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

I've heard about this cat before. It is pretty amazing that he has a "sense" like that.

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

I posted a journal about Oscar on January 31st, called Hospice Cat Predicts Deaths. It's an interesting read if you want to see it.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

I thought I read about him on this site before! Now I know where! Thanks for jogging my memory.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Thanks Jacki.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

On second thought, maybe this cat has "the curse"! If the elderly residents are aware of this cat's purported ability, could not the mere presence of the cat create undue stress on the patients? That is, there may be a "self-fulfilling prophecy" at work. Patients, by believing that the cat is sensing their impending doom, could be contributing to their own early demise! ("Oh, no, the cat is near me--I must be dying! I give up....I'm out of here!")

It is better to believe that the cat's "Sixth Sense" is remarkable, but the alternate possibility is also (more?) realistic--and supported by the following quote from the article above:

"Once, Oscar avoided the room of a patient whom staff thought was dying, in favor of spending time...with a patient whose time was not considered to be yet at hand. The patient Oscar visited died within hours, and two days later, Oscar visited the other patient, who also then died within hours..." [Talented or cursed????]

In short, is the cat sensing death or is the cat's reputation contributing toward (premature) death?

It may be time to try a little experiment in "reverse psychology". When the medical staff deem a patient on his/her "death bed", the cat should NOT be allowed into that patient's room. This might give the patient "peace of mind" and some extra willpower to survive as long as possible.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

mz that is also what i thought if they are aware they could be scared to death

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Kaytee
4 years ago

I saw Oscar the other day on the news. I am going to have to read the book. I believe Oscar gives the patients peace before they go to heaven.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Animals have a special sense of knowing....

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

I agree

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Susan
4 years ago

I'm glad that this cat's abilities are giving family members a chance to say good-bye.

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Ches21
4 years ago

I have heard of this cat before he is one amazing cat. The first time he did this he was on tv and he did it with his favriote person who was the grandfather or father of the person who brought the cat there and left him there at the nursing home. Animals like this are so amazing. My dog wasn't trained either but she still knows when my blood sugar is low or high and when there is an animal near in distress that I can help out. My grandma's cat gaurds her house. When we had a cocker spaineil her name was Lady and Lady would get loose and then turn up where ever we were headed when we left the house. And every Chiaauhauh at the rescue I volunteer for can climb a chain link fence.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

I think this kitty should be awarded an honorary doctorate from Brown University!

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