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Posted by on Jul 28, 2007 in Society | 7 comments

Heard About Oscar the Hospice Cat?

Dying people at a Rhode Island nursing home get warm fuzzy purring in their last few hours.

AP: Oscar the Cat Predicts Patients’ Deaths

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.

David M. Dosa, M.D., M.P.H., “A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat” in The New England Journal of Medicine, 357:328-329 (July 26, 2007)

Washington Post Chat with Dr. David Dosa

Max the Utahn: Clairvoyant Utah cat comforts dying

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 — and he behaves accordingly.