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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:52 am 
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Oscar the cat predicts patients' deaths By RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jul 25, 7:25 PM E
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, 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.

"He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one," said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.

The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.

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 people who would wind up dying in a few hours.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. "This is not a cat that's friendly to people," he said.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill

She was convinced of Oscar's talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn't eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar wouldn't stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor's prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient's final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don't know he's there, so patients aren't aware he's a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

No one's certain if Oscar's behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him.

Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa's article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.

If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it's also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.

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."

Science writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Beautiful and interesting article! Thank you, Zey-Zia.

I had a cat for 17 years. She always was upon the bed when Antonio or myself were ill, when the rest of the time she didn't show interest in doing it. When the illness subsided, she would comeback to her usual rutine of hunting by the fields, making big dogs run away and sleeping in the nicest places around the house.

I always had the impression that she helped us to transmute the energy from illness to health. I have read many years ago that cats were transmuters of dense energies to lighter ones. Maybe Oscar is helping these persons to cross the bridge from this realm to the next this way.



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Right Amanda..cats make me feel good anyhow..I feel a strong bond with that creature called cat..and I believe there 's more to them than we know or guess..



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You know, Elvis said that cats were from another place, where he was from and that they were telepathic beings, able to discern human qualities and that dogs were also able to do that but cats were specialized and unique beings. He thought they were here to help humans but were misread by so many because they "didn't need us" as much as we needed them...so they got a "bad rep". There were cats at Graceland-Lisa had a cat when little and it was part siamese from the yowl I heard from it. It liked Elvis. wjh



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I agree with him on this %100..



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In all of my years here with Walter we have never had an indoor cat but instead we always had a beagle or two for companions. We have three cats in the barn.
I would like to share a story that helps to reinforce what this cat written about today is able to do by telling you about Rusty.
Walter's only had one sibling, a sister, who was 10 years older than he was.
She loved cats and always had cats and a dog with her.
When she lay dying in 1996 we took her cat, Rusty, to the new hospice wing in a nursing facility near us.
Rusty went right up and jumped on her bed that morning and he lay purring where she could reach him. Rusty did not leave the bed and that evening Walter's sister died.
So in a first hand way it is quite within the realm of "knowing" that cats do have a sense of death is coming shortly. Rusty was with her for 8 years and he brought her much joy and we are ever happy that we took him with us that last morning, and she could see and pet him and talk to him. By midnight she was gone to a better place where there is no pain and now Rusty is once again with her with the One above.
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Wanda June Hill wrote:
You know, Elvis said that cats were from another place, where he was from and that they were telepathic beings, able to discern human qualities and that dogs were also able to do that but cats were specialized and unique beings. He thought they were here to help humans but were misread by so many because they "didn't need us" as much as we needed them...so they got a "bad rep". There were cats at Graceland-Lisa had a cat when little and it was part siamese from the yowl I heard from it. It liked Elvis. wjh


About cats origin (from Maia's Spirit Mythos):

http://www.spiritmythos.org/TM/sagecats2.html



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some of you know already, I have a sleeping problem about to turn into a severe case of insomnia,but whenever my cat sleeps in my bed,which she doesn't always,I sleep deeper and longer..can't tell you the reason of course,but I'm curious.



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