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Gingersnap
02-02-2010, 11:55 AM
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

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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.

:eek:

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7129952/Cat-predicts-50-deaths-in-RI-nursing-home.html)

Articulate_Ape
02-02-2010, 02:22 PM
:eek:

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7129952/Cat-predicts-50-deaths-in-RI-nursing-home.html)


I know a whole lot of politicians I'd like to see that cat curl up with.

Speedy
02-02-2010, 02:33 PM
We need a cat that looks just like that set loose in the Capital. It would be fun to watch them scurry away from it. It would look like when that lobbyist Jack Ambroff showed up in the middle of the payoff scandal and all the congressmen stampeded away from him.

Gingersnap
02-02-2010, 02:36 PM
I know a whole lot of politicians I'd like to see that cat curl up with.

Don't we all? Still, I find the story of Death Cat compelling. I own a cat myself. You'd never see a story about a dog who did this kind of thing. More likely, you'd have Recovery Dog. The dog would accurately predict a full recovery from a deathbed illness in exchange for a couple of dog cookies. :D

PoliCon
02-02-2010, 02:45 PM
Don't we all? Still, I find the story of Death Cat compelling. I own a cat myself. You'd never see a story about a dog who did this kind of thing. More likely, you'd have Recovery Dog. The dog would accurately predict a full recovery from a deathbed illness in exchange for a couple of dog cookies. :D

I wonder if deathcat would like to go and visit congress . . . . :)

Articulate_Ape
02-02-2010, 03:08 PM
Don't we all? Still, I find the story of Death Cat compelling. I own a cat myself. You'd never see a story about a dog who did this kind of thing. More likely, you'd have Recovery Dog. The dog would accurately predict a full recovery from a deathbed illness in exchange for a couple of dog cookies. :D

Or this. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0112_060112_dog_cancer.html)

Gingersnap
02-02-2010, 03:17 PM
Exactly! The dogs save the people by detecting the cancer when it's still early! A cat would detect the cancer but not mention it until the whole deathbed scene. :(

Space Gravy
02-02-2010, 03:26 PM
Predicting deaths in a nursing home really doesn't sound all that difficult.