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.
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.
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.