27 July 2007

Nursing Home Cat Can Sense Death? Oh Sure

Nursing home cat can sense death?

CHICAGO (Reuters) - When Oscar the Cat visits residents of the Steere House
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, the staff jumps
into action -- Oscar can sense within hours when someone is about to die.

In his two years living in Steere's end-stage dementia unit, Oscar has been
at the bedside of more than 25 residents shortly before they died, according to
Dr. David Dosa of Brown University in Providence.

The article goes on to speculate about how Oscar the Cat can sense imminent death and mentions that the cat visits lots of patients but when it curls up besides one, the nursing care staff spring into action because they know that they're about to lose someone.

Well, where I come from we have a label for people like Oscar the Cat. It's not clairvoyant. It's not hyper-sensitive. What we call people who just happen to continually show up beside people who promptly die? Murder suspects.


Anonymous said...

I dare say, Watson, we should check the tips of his nails for poison!

Anonymous said...

Dr.David has been giving them a Dosa what, you say?! rotfl!!