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    Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home

    Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home

    A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours, according to a new book.



    By Tom Leonard in New York
    Published: 7:42PM GMT 01 Feb 2010

    The tortoiseshell and white cat spends its days pacing from room to room, rarely spending any time with patients except those with just hours to live Photo: AP


    Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that five years of records showed Oscar rarely erring, sometimes proving medical staff at the New England nursing home wrong in their predictions over which patients were close to death.
    The cat, now five and generally unsociable, was adopted as a kitten at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Providence, Rhode Island, which specialises in caring for people with severe dementia.


    Dr Dosa first publicised Oscar's gift in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007. Since then, the cat has gone on to double the number of imminent deaths it has sensed and convinced the geriatrician that it is no fluke.
    The tortoiseshell and white cat spends its days pacing from room to room, rarely spending any time with patients except those with just hours to live.
    If kept outside the room of a dying patient, Oscar will scratch on the door trying to get in.
    When nurses once placed the cat on the bed of a patient they thought close to death, Oscar "charged out" and went to sit beside someone in another room. The cat's judgement was better than that of the nurses: the second patient died that evening, while the first lived for two more days.
    Dr Dosa and other staff are so confident in Oscar's accuracy that they will alert family members when the cat jumps on to a bed and stretches out beside its occupant.
    "It's not like he dawdles. He'll slip out for two minutes, grab some kibble and then he's back at the patient's side. It's like he's literally on a vigil," Dr Dosa wrote.
    Dr Dosa noted that the nursing home keeps five other cats, but none of the others have ever displayed a similar ability.
    In his book, "Making rounds with Oscar: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat", Dr Dosa offers no solid scientific explanation for Oscar's behaviour.
    He suggests Oscar is able - like dogs, which can reportedly smell cancer - to detect ketones, the distinctly-odoured biochemicals given off by dying cells.
    Far from recoiling from Oscar's presence, now they know its significance, relatives and friends of patients have been comforted and sometimes praised the cat in newspaper death notices and eulogies, said Dr Dosa.
    "People were actually taking great comfort in this idea, that this animal was there and might be there when their loved ones eventually pass. He was there when they couldn't be," he said.

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    A really amazing story. Why is it unique to this cat though?

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    Hmmmmm, must be a few patients that get a bit concerned when the harbinger of death curls up on their bed. " shoo....piss off cat "

    The ancient Egyptians rated the cats powers very highly and gave them a lot of respect. Woe unto you if you killed one.

    http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehisto...gion/cats.html

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    i'd be throwing rocks at it if it came near me!

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    If they got rid of the cat everybody would live longer.

    Kill the cat.

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    if you look at the size of the cat you can see that it has probably been tearing the hearts out of the old cnuts and eating them.

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    Murderer!

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    Not such a bad way to die : having a cat curled up near you, keeping you warm and purring. Sounds really comfy.

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    ^
    Definitively better than those two ...


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    My cat curls up beside me every night. Should I be worried? But then, he's been doing it for about ten years...

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    Pussy kills a lot of farang.

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    Good job the cat ain't in the UK as they would ban it on health and safety grounds

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    ^Maybe they should, seems where ever the cat goes people die.

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    They left out the part where the cat lays on the patients face and smothers them to death...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    The cat, now five and generally unsociable
    No frickin shit he's unsociable...what's sociable about bringing death to your door!!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    Since then, the cat has gone on to double the number of imminent deaths it has sensed and convinced the geriatrician that it is no fluke.
    There's sensing an imminent death, and commiting a murder...ain't a very good Doctor is he??? Or is he????

    Has anyone checked if this cat has any syringes on it's person and that it's not in on some form of insurance fraud?? If you check out Whiteshiva's avatar then you'll see what I mean...cashing in death..!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    The tortoiseshell and white cat spends its days pacing from room to room, rarely spending any time with patients except those with just hours to live.
    Once the cat takes his pick!!! Just loads of petrified patients sitting and hoping the little monster will walk on by....ba, ba ba, ba, ba..walk on by---eii...

    Bet when the little bugger stops outside the patients rooms they shit themselves and start praying....that the cat moves on...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    If kept outside the room of a dying patient, Oscar will scratch on the door trying to get in.
    Even more frightening for the person behind the glass!!!!! That cats trying to kill me...I'm sure are the cries of some...and oh let the bugger in I've had enough of his staring!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    When nurses once placed the cat on the bed of a patient they thought close to death, Oscar "charged out" and went to sit beside someone in another room. The cat's judgement was better than that of the nurses: the second patient died that evening, while the first lived for two more days.
    "Once placed" once placed!!!!! they must've hated that old person...to death...see always be nice to nurses that's my motto...or they may try to kill you...

    the other lived for two more days.....well bloody congrats there...2 more horror filled days of living with the death dealer...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    Dr Dosa and other staff are so confident in Oscar's accuracy that they will alert family members when the cat jumps on to a bed and stretches out beside its occupant.
    "Err hello"
    "Yes"
    "the cats on ya dad's bed"
    "And"
    "well, he'll be a gonna within the day"
    "WTF, get the stinking animal off my Dad's bed"
    "I'm afraid it's too late for that...the decision is final"
    "Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, I'm on my way"
    "We'll be waiting, let's hope your Dad can...be quick or the cat takes all"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    "It's not like he dawdles. He'll slip out for two minutes, grab some kibble and then he's back at the patient's side. It's like he's literally on a vigil," Dr Dosa wrote.
    I bet the poor patient thinks that they have a reprieve..then the horrible bastard comes wandering back in...with that knowing swagger...GIT

    [QUOTE="Bangyai"]"People were actually taking great comfort in this idea, that this animal was there and might be there when their loved ones eventually pass. He was there when they couldn't be," he said.[/QUOTE]

    He said...who said...cetainly not the patient...no way..not unless the cat administers morphine as well...

    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    If they got rid of the cat everybody would live longer. Kill the cat.


    Quote Originally Posted by SunTzu
    Not such a bad way to die : having a cat curled up near you, keeping you warm and purring. Sounds really comfy.
    Would rather have the young lady in your avatar curling up to me than some death dealing cat!!!!!!!
    Rather.....
    There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SunTzu
    Not such a bad way to die : having a cat curled up near you, keeping you warm and purring. Sounds really comfy.
    Would rather have the young lady in your avatar curling up to me than some death dealing cat!!!!!!!
    Rather.....
    555 ! For that young lady, you really don't have to wait until your very last moments

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