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Oscar the cat the grim reaper? lol

posted 7/26/2007 3:06:10 PM |
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I read this piece in the newspaer today and thought it was interesting enough to share. This is in Providence, RI....Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patiens are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy was observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live. Many family members take some solace from it, and appreciates the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one. The 2 year old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit of the nursing home. After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He'd sniff and observe patients, then sit beside the people who would wind up dying in a few hours. Nursing home staffers aren't concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying. Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his "compassionate hospice care".

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Jul 26 @ 3:14PM  
Well I've heard that animals have a sense about things like that. Good blog Shawn and a kudo for you my friend.

Jul 26 @ 3:14PM  
well how sweet........ thanks for sharing....

Jul 26 @ 3:16PM  
don't you just love animals? they are so precious just like a child yet smarter than an adult! Great blog Shawn kudo to you!

Jul 26 @ 3:19PM  
That is really a cool story.

You dont think this is the cat do you?


Jul 26 @ 3:29PM  
Dayna, that comment with a pic is so fitting. Pretty cute!

Jul 26 @ 3:32PM  
I herd that on the radio today, it is wierd. Funny how a cat can sense the end is near and the staff calls the family to let them know the end is near so they can spend time with their loved ones in the final hours.
I will admit thats one pussy that scares me. Dont want it crawling in bed with me.

Jul 26 @ 3:32PM  
I've also heard about some dogs being able to detect in humans cancer that is too early for conventional medical technology to detect. Animals are indeed a gift.

Jul 26 @ 3:39PM  
They were talking about this cat on a TV show this morning...

And it's not hard to animals have a certain sense in which they can pick up on things we humans will NEVER be able to do...

There are dogs who can detect all kinds of illnesses, cats as well as dogs can sense when something isn't quite right. They can also sense when storms are coming on, long before any weather man can!

Hell, they can also sense when someone isn't right for I remember having a dog who hated this woman I was seeing.

I married her...and we're now divorced...for many years now. And, well...she's now on her 5th husband! So I think my dog had something there, and knew something I didn't...

Jul 26 @ 3:44PM  
my dog had something there, and knew something I didn't...
why do you think I have 3??!! They're a much better judge of character than I am!

Jul 26 @ 6:38PM  
don't you just love animals? they are so precious just like a child yet smarter than an adult!

I totally agree

Jul 26 @ 6:38PM  

Thanks for sharing that with us Shawn. Kudo

Jul 26 @ 6:44PM  
Death comes for us all at some point and most of humanity fights it.. Death in reality is a much more pleasant journey than being born is.. Smile I would welcome that cat.. We have a medicine cat she comes and bothers you when your sick.. She likes to sleep on your head..

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