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post #1 of 52
Thread Starter 

This is just amazing. It really shows that animals do have a sense of things we can't see, hear or feel.
post #2 of 52
wow, thats amazing
post #3 of 52
Wow!! That is simply amazing!! Way to go Oscar!!
post #4 of 52
Oh that is amazing! I know I want a kitty with me when I die.
post #5 of 52
I am convinced that some animals really do sense things....maybe dogs even more than cats....but I know one time when I was feeling really "down" about something Toby (one of our cats)jumped up on me, looked me directly in the eyes and walked up me, laid down on my chest and put both front paws , one on each of my cheeks as if to brush the tears away. (And this behavior is not common for him) I truly do think he "felt" my grief ....and no one can convince me otherwise.
post #6 of 52
Yes, Stamp, my Pearl does the same thing, and sometimes Clyde does, too. Just today, I had to go lie down with abdominal pain from a bad breakfast. Pearl normally makes biscuits on my chest and falls asleep there, but today, she made verrrrry gentle biscuits on my stomach and curled up there instead.

You're right... they do know. And the sweetest thing is, they care!
post #7 of 52
That's really amazing...I wonder what makes him stay with the person.

My older cat has done the same thing, though, as what stampit brought up.. noticing when I'm upset and acting appropriately. When i was a teen that's what really endeared her to me.
post #8 of 52
Animals can definitely sense some things. I saw on tv a story about a dog that could sense when his owner was going to have a seizure (he is epiliptic) and having the dog around constantly has allowed the person to have a normal life. Before, there were a lot of things he was afraid to do, but the do can sense them early enough so he can get somewhere where he would be safe when it came on. Experts said it was very possible the dog was picking up on disturbances in the electrical impulses in his brain, even before his brain noticed and reacted...or something like that. Very interesting.
post #9 of 52
Haha! Just saw the article in the New England Journal of Medicine! I really hope that the medical community begins to fully realize how much animals can contribute to healing and patient care (instead of just using them for animal testing!) Here's the original article as it appears in the journal:

A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat

David M. Dosa, M.D., M.P.H.
post #10 of 52
I agree with all of the above. I mean they're training dogs to detect cancer by smell (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in665263.shtml) so I don't see why it couldn't be something similar with this cat.

But its like I said in the other thread today. I was sick like crazy for the past couple of days with what turned out to be a cold or a flu or something like that. Today DH comes home early from work because he caught my cold and curled up in bed with 102.4 fever. Tryon - who never cuddles, EVER - curled up next to him in bed and slept there with him the whole afternoon. She didn't even leave his side when he moved to the couch and now they're curled up together watching a movie. I can't even begin to explain how uncharacteristic this is of her. Usually she only comes down off the top of the kitchen cabinets for food. She hasn't been up there all day.

They just know.
post #11 of 52
It's amazing how animals can sense things. Frisco also senses when I'm down, injured or sick, and tries to comfort me by purring and curling up beside me... Life wouldn't be the same without animal companions!
post #12 of 52
Awwww, that is too cool! What an interesting article.
post #13 of 52
Thread Starter 
Oscar has also provided companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone.
This line made me tear up.
post #14 of 52
I found this really fascinating... and I believe it. JoJo senses when I'm feeling 'off.' So a cat sensing when a patient is close to death is pretty fascinating. And such a gorgeous cat too...

When death comes calling, so does Oscar the cat

post #15 of 52
Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy View Post
I found this really fascinating... and I believe it. JoJo senses when I'm feeling 'off.' So a cat sensing when a patient is close to death is pretty fascinating. And such a gorgeous cat too...

When death comes calling, so does Oscar the cat

Someone beat you to it earlier today

post #16 of 52
Saw this on my local news tonight. My bf said, "See that's why I'm a dog person!"

I think that many animals are so much smarter than people give them credit for. Animals know so much, & don't get the credit they deserve from too many people.

It's so sweet to hear that he was there for people who would have been alone if he wasn't there.
post #17 of 52
Originally Posted by Telynn View Post
This line made me tear up.
Same here, infact the whole story did

Isn't that lovely!. He looks to be standing so tall and proud in that picture, and has every right to be

Bless his cotton socks.
post #18 of 52
i heard about this on the radio news report, and I am not surprised. I think many animals can sense something along this line. And it does a world of good, cause if the person has no one available, they do not pass alone. Kudoes to the health team for noticing this.
post #19 of 52
What a wonderful story. I can think of no better way than to have a sweet kitty like Oscar curled up next to me
post #20 of 52
When I shuffle off this mortal plain into the next I pray that I have the honor of a kitty like Oscar to help me pass.

He is a gift to us.
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post #22 of 52
Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Bless his cotton socks.
post #23 of 52
How sweet
post #24 of 52
I believe that artcle 100%! I truly believe they have a sixth sense.

Last September, my DH (only 30 at the time) and I got our 1st kitten, Titus. About a month later, my DH developed a terrible cough. Every night Titus would lay down on the right side of my husband's chest purring. Even if my DH was sitting up, Titus would climb up his shirt to lay there. Two months later, we found out my DH had a tumor the size of a grapefruit exactly where the cat had been sitting.

My husband endured 5 months of chemo and radiation. Titus was his little angel the entire time. When he lost all his hair, Titus would curl around his head to keep it warm. When he was so sick that he couldn't get out of bed, the kitty would lay there with him purring like a little motorcycle. I'm telling you ... it was amazing!

My DH is doing fantastic now! We're in the process of introducing kitty #2, Kaylie, to our Titus ... but that's another saga!
post #25 of 52
This is a great article. It's so nice to see good things like this about our little kitty critters!

post #26 of 52
My babysitter told me about this this morning. I knew it would be on TCS!!

It's kindof cute, kindof creepy (but in a good way).
post #27 of 52
I JUST read that article and was gonna post it here, haha (yeah, I'm a college grad who's still jobless... wake-up time is usually about 11am ).... I think it's incredible and do believe they've got the ability to sense things like that... I was I guess kinda glad to read the patients are usually too out of it to know the cat is predicting their death - sad that the people are in that state, but I couldn't imagine knowing the cat has that ability and then have it come curl up with me! Good thing this isn't Oliver's "thing"... if it was, I'd die 800 times a day... ah, he's such a snuggle bug
post #28 of 52
I believe 100% that animals know things like that.
I've always thought that since they have such a keen sense of smell that they probably pick up on any small change in the way someone or even another animal smells when they're sick or dying.
post #29 of 52
I read that article on MSNBC.com
Very interesting... I hope people don't get too freaked out about it.
post #30 of 52
I heard about this on the news this morning, but it didn't surprise me a bit. I know Tailer senses when I'm not feeling well, and he goes out of his way to comfort me. Also, several years ago, when I got the news my cousin finally lost his fight with AIDS I was bunnysitting a friend's rabbit. When the call came that rabbit came and sat next to me the whole time, and when I broke down she tried to comfort me. She spent much of the next week keeping an eye on me. She was such a comfort to me that after she left DH decided that I needed a full-time bunny of my own.
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