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02-07-10, 08:44 AM #1
Grim reaper cat can predict which nursing home patients are hours from deathThe scientist in Dr. David Dosa was skeptical when first told that Oscar, an aloof cat kept by a nursing home, regularly predicted patients' deaths by snuggling alongside them in their final hours.Dosa's doubts eroded after he and his colleagues tallied about 50 correct calls made by Oscar over five years, a process he explains in a book released this week, "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." The feline's bizarre talent astounds Dosa, but he finds Oscar's real worth in his fierce insistence on being present when others turn away from life's most uncomfortable topic: death.He's accurate enough that the staff — including Dosa — know it's time to call family members when Oscar stretches beside their patients, who are generally too ill to notice his presence. If kept outside the room of a dying patient, he'll scratch at doors and walls, trying to get in.Nurses once placed Oscar in the bed of a patient they thought gravely ill. Oscar wouldn't stay put, and the staff thought his streak was broken. Turns out, the medical professionals were wrong, and the patient rallied for two days. But in the final hours, Oscar held his bedside vigil without prompting.
Dosa does not explain Oscar scientifically in his book, although he theorizes the cat imitates the nurses who raised him or smells odors given off by dying cells, perhaps like some dogs who scientists say can detect cancer using their sense of scent.
Scientist profiles cat who predicts death - TODAY Health
02-07-10, 08:57 AM #2
I'm surprised some health board hasn't thrown a fit about a cat inside the place'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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02-07-10, 10:15 AM #3
02-07-10, 11:50 AM #4
I've been told that "Darth" aka my wife, can predict the same thing.............she tells me all the time I'm gonna die if I keep up my crap!
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02-07-10, 08:14 PM #5
My wife's older Irish Setter, Brigett, knows when we are sick and dotes on us till we are better.
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02-08-10, 11:25 AM #6
02-08-10, 12:41 PM #7
I wonder if I were ill and in a nursing home with this cat, if it would be comforting or terrifying to have the cat lay with me? I guess it would depend on how ill I was, if I'd made peace etc.
02-08-10, 08:58 PM #8
If someone would just shoot that damn cat nobody else will die.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
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-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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