Heard About Oscar the Hospice Cat?
Dying people at a Rhode Island nursing home get warm fuzzy purring in their last few hours.
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.
Max, the cat that’s always in a penguin suit, has more mystique than his friends at the Alpine Valley Care Center realize. Center employees believe the 8-year-old feline can tell when people are ill or about to die â€” and he behaves accordingly.