Oscar the Cat – Hospice Hero

From NEJM: Since he was adopted by staff members as a kitten, Oscar the Cat has had an uncanny ability to predict when residents are about to die. Thus far, he has presided over the deaths of more than 25 residents on the third floor of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, allowing staff members to adequately notify families. Oscar has also provided companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone. For his work, he is highly regarded by the physicians and staff at Steere House and by the families of the residents whom he serves.

2 Comments »

  1. Carol Lee Wood said

    I am quite sure there are more cats (or dogs) than Oscar who perform the same role. When I reach that stage of life/death transition I’d rather be nudged and purred over by a cat than be presided over by the harpies of my life.

  2. Pixelicious said

    perhaps the cat is the bringer of death….

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