Meow, you’re dead

July 26, 2007 10:53 PM

Lolcats and a sleeping baby

(via icanhascheezburger)

So there’s this cat in an American nursing home that can predict who’s gonna die next. How does he do it? He curls next to the people who will eventually die in the next few hours. And how is that different to when he curls up to someone normally? Well, he doesn’t usually curl up to people see. So when he does curl up to a person, THAT’S IT!

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 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.

Oscar the cat ‘predicts deaths’ – World –

So if you are a cat owner, and your cat loves to cuddle up to you all of a sudden when it doesn’t normally, start writing up that will. Oops, too late – you’re already dead. :mrgreen:

Oh, and the above picture has nothing to do with the story. Nope, none whatsoever. Unless you have a sick sense of humour like I do. Heh heh heh.

9 thoughts on “Meow, you’re dead

  1. mooiness Post author

    10/3: haha good point – maybe she’s carrying some sort of doomsday virus.

    Indra: yes, more or less.

    blur ting: maybe it’s the sixth sense and perhaps this particular cat is a powerful empath.

    Lupin: it is not unheard of for pets to eat their deceased owners if they are left inside the house and they get hungry. But err, this one – no.

    shelly: hahahha err, it’s possible.

    herman: indeed!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *