Oscar the Cat Predicts Patients' Deaths

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Thu, 2007-07-26 09:43 by Hans-Georg

Jul 25 05:19 PM US/Eastern
By RAY HENRY
Associated Press Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - 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.

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Thu, 2007-07-26 11:42 by daniel michna

Also unsere Katze würde frühestens merken das etwas nicht stimmt, wenn sie kein Futter mehr bekommen würde! Was nicht ist kann ja noch werden. Gruß Daniel !

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Thu, 2007-07-26 15:58 by Hans-Georg

Bei uns sind ja nun die neuen Nachbarn eingezogen, mit zwei Katern, die ich nicht auseinanderhalten kann. Ich habe auch immer nur einen gesehen, und der sah nach meinen Augen immer gleich aus.

Jedenfalls war das ein Glück, da gab's mit unserer Katze überhaupt keine Auseinandersetzungen. Die Kater sind freundlich zu ihr, und sie traut sich an so einen Kater sowieso nicht heran. Also alles in Butter.

Die liegen hier öfter im Garten herum, der Kater auf dem Rasen und Tapsi daneben im Gebüsch, oder der Kater auf dem Tisch und Tapsi danaben auf der Terrasse. Sehr friedlich, das alles.

Hans-Georg

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