Thursday, July 26, 2007

Oscar's Awesome

"Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours.

According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25 cases so far.

Staff now alert the families of residents when he sits down next to their ailing loved one.

Oscar was adopted as a kitten at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre.

The cat is said to do his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses at the home, but is not generally friendly to patients.

Although most families are grateful for the warning Oscar seems to provide, some relatives ask that the pet be taken away while they say their last goodbyes to their loved ones.

When put outside the room, Oscar is said to pace up and down meowing in protest.

Thomas Graves, a feline expert from the University of Illinois, told the BBC: "Cats often can sense when their owners are sick or when another animal is sick.

"They can sense when the weather will change, they're famous for being sensitive to premonitions of earthquakes."

A doctor who treats patients at the home said she believed there was probably a biochemical explanation, rather than the cat being psychic. "

I wonder if Mr. Darcy can do this? Oscar kinda looks like Darcy...but Darcy curls up next to me pretty much every night. His death'dar cannot be trusted.


bobuster said...

While it is nice to have a cat curl up next to you, I can't help but to think about Monty Python's Holy Grail..."bring out your dead!" "Go away Oscar, I'm not quite dead yet!"
And I'm sure that Mr. Darcy wouldn't curl up next to you, just because he thought that you were maybe sick or dying...he would probably just think that, as usual, you've passed out again from another of your drunken escapades!

Sarah Ashlee said...

Oh, gosh! So untrue. :) He never curls up next to me when I smell of beer/liquor. Darcy hates it when I drink...he says I turn into a different person...that he "doesn't even know who I am anymore".

Slave to the dogs said...

patrick stubblefield said...

ok, so I laughed a good 5 minutes at slave to the dogs link! Seriously though, I'd be pissed if that cat curled up next to me!? If you went to a hospital and noticed the Grim Reaper wandering the hallways, would you go back to that hospital? Neither would I want the feline equivalent hanging around to damn me to death.