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post #31 of 52
This story hits home. Oscar is not alone.

Christmas Eve 2002, Nana was brought home on hospice. Every day and night Lucky stayed by her feet. He only left her when the visitors came. He was the only cat out of 7 in the household that stayed with her. Everyone else was afraid and stayed out of the living room.

In her last hour the cats gathered around her bed as if to say goodbye. Just minutes before she passed every cat left the roon including Lucky.

I call Lucky Nana's "special" kitty.
post #32 of 52
No wonder the Egyptians (and people all over the world!) worship cats.

They are very intuitive! I think Oscar is mighty special. I loved the story.
post #33 of 52
Isn't that incredible?

I had breast cancer 4 years ago. Once in awhile Gray One my cat and Lucy and Jesse my dogs will take a sniff of that breast. It makes me nervous.
post #34 of 52
Oscar's amazing, and a real blessing in particular for those people crossing over without any family there.

Cats are both intuitive and sympathetic (I believe even the most aloof are secretly sympathetic), and I've noticed over the years that when my mother is ill (I take care of her because she has heart problems), at least one of my cats will give her extra attention. Sinbad, while she was still here, then Tiger, and now Frosty.

A scientist named Rupert Sheldrake has written a fascinating book about his studies of animals' intuition or psychic abilities. The book is Dogs that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (subtitled "And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals"), and you can read a review of it here:

http://www.workingdogweb.com/DogsThatKnow.htm

A lot of cats are mentioned in the book, too, and I was amused to read that vets report cats are particularly good at sensing when their owners (whoops, make that "staff") are planning to take them to the vet, and disappearing.

Sheldrake's website is

http://www.sheldrake.org/

and he has links to his papers on unxplained powers of animals on this page:

http://www.sheldrake.org/Articles&Pa...als/index.html

By the way, I don't think Oscar is the first cat living in a hospice or nursing home who's been seen giving special attention to patients who are very close to death. I have very vague memories of seeing a story about another such cat on a TV news magazine many years ago -- this could very well have been back in the 1980s; I don't think it was any earlier than that -- but I don't recall which nursing home it was, or which TV program (most likely Dateline or 20/20), and I'm sure there wasn't anything on the program about anyone having kept exact track of how good the cat was at realizing which resident or patient was close to death. It's great that Oscar's behavior has been so well documented by a physician and the nursing home staff.

Cindy
post #35 of 52
My mother's cat used to sit on her stomach at night before she died of cancer - the cat never used to do that before.

Now, I hope I don't wake up some day with one of my cats sitting on my stomach.
post #36 of 52
Hmm...I wonder if more hospices are going to take to owning a cat (or possibly dog?)?

That's very intriguing that Oscar does that, especially when they said that he isn't a people person. Perhaps adopting him at that young age allowed him to develop the sense?
post #37 of 52
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Hmm...I wonder if more hospices are going to take to owning a cat (or possibly dog?)?

Lunasmom, there's what's called the "Eden Alternative" in nursing home care that got started nearly 20 years ago -- a nursing home approach where the homes are filled with animals and plants. Here are links to articles:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/pub/ltc.html

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/healt...eden_2-27.html

I think it might have been a news story on the original Eden Alternative home that I was recalling when I mentioned having heard about another cat living in a nursing home who behaved like Oscar. I still haven't been able to find that news story online, but if it was about the first Eden nursing home, it would have been in the early 1990s.


I did find a blog entry by the author of For Every Dog An Angel and For Every Cat An Angel that mentioned a similar cat being on her mother's bed when her mother died of Alzheimer's. That blog is at

http://lightheartedpress.blogspot.com/

and that entry is the one for March 22, 2007, "A Furry Farewell for Mom." It's about 2/3 of the way down the page, and the author says one of the caregivers at the home had told her that Lucas "comes to be with certain residents when he knows they are near the end of their life."

Just found a direct link to a page with only that entry:

http://lightheartedpress.blogspot.co...l-for-mom.html


Considering how long ago I'd heard that earlier news story, it's unlikely Lucas is the cat I heard about, so there are at least a few cats in nursing homes who've done this.

Cindy
post #38 of 52
Wow, interesting story!!

From Reuters

It wouldn't surprise me. Some cats seem to be able to sense some pretty amazing things!
post #39 of 52
Amazing story, isn't it?

Btw, it was already posted here: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=136046
post #40 of 52
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
Amazing story, isn't it?

Btw, it was already posted here: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=136046
Oops...

Mods - feel free to delete this thread
post #41 of 52
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
Now, I hope I don't wake up some day with one of my cats sitting on my stomach.
I wake up EVERY day with Harvey sitting on my stomach!
post #42 of 52
Yeah, no offense, Sarah, but could a mod combine the threads? I've actually seen at least 4 different threads on this topic over the course of today.

It is amazing, though - that's one cat I'd be afraid to cuddle up with!
post #43 of 52
I can tell you from experience that it is true. My friend is very ill with cancer and while usually Sadie loves to cuddle up with him, the last time I brought Sadie to see him, she sniffed at him and then ran away from him. When he tried to pick her up, as he always does (and she usually loves his cuddles), she hissed at him. She can sense his illness, of that I'm sure.
post #44 of 52
My master Tigger sleeps on DW. When he had FIL/MIL as slaves he slept on MIL. He slept on DW before he moved to MIL/FIL

He's a equal abuse err.... slave master. He'll push anyone who listens around. Charlie sleeps on son. I had a cat many years ago (named King Arthur) who insisted on sleeping on my pillow. He was that way from the day he walked into our house (he was a stray) I had to use him as a pillow many times. I still miss him after 25 years.
post #45 of 52
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Yeah, no offense, Sarah, but could a mod combine the threads? I've actually seen at least 4 different threads on this topic over the course of today.

It is amazing, though - that's one cat I'd be afraid to cuddle up with!
And maybe the "Oscar the Cat" thread can be renamed? I posted mine because I didn't see anything else with a similar title.
post #46 of 52
The final story on the NBC Nightly News tonight was about Oscar.
Those of you not on the East coast still have time to see it.
He's a beautiful cat.
post #47 of 52
If you get MSNBC, Countdown will have a story on Oscar starting in a minute or so.
post #48 of 52
It was a very short story, unfortunately, with the title "Dr. Catvorkian." Sigh. There have been so many childish, cutesy headlines about that beautiful cat. Google News turned up these "gems":



With a purr, death comes on little cat feet
http://www.boston.com/news/local/rho...ttle_cat_feet/


Cat plays furry grim reaper at nursing home
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959718...m/id/19959718/


Gray and white cat appears to be a bad omen
http://www.kristv.com/Global/story.a...39890&nav=Bsmh


Got that morbid feline? Death's a whisker away
http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...339168469.html


Oscar, cat with the purr of death
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/osc...339167772.html


Grim Creeper: Cat senses when patients will die
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline...im-creepe.html


Beware the death cat
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRe...icleid=1013472


Tabby cat gives the kitt of death
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007340506,00.html


Fortunately the stories were more serious. You'd think from those inane headlines that Oscar had been killing healthy people, not providing reassuring companionship for people who had been dying for a long time and were finally close to crossing over. I wonder if the doctor who wrote that wonderful article about him had any idea how silly some of the media reaction would be?

Cindy
post #49 of 52
Wow, thats pretty amazing. I heard them mentioning "death cat" on the radio (cracking jokes), but had no idea what they were talking about. A friend linked me to the news story but I couldnt see it at work. That truly is an amazing cat.
post #50 of 52
This was just one the news, check it out.

http://video.knbc.com/player/?id=134149

Sorry, here is the article.

http://www.knbc.com/health/13755674/detail.html

The cat know when the patient is going to die....scary....
post #51 of 52
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Originally Posted by SinbadsMom View Post
It was a very short story, unfortunately, with the title "Dr. Catvorkian." Sigh. There have been so many childish, cutesy headlines about that beautiful cat. Google News turned up these "gems":



With a purr, death comes on little cat feet
http://www.boston.com/news/local/rho...ttle_cat_feet/


Cat plays furry grim reaper at nursing home
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959718...m/id/19959718/


Gray and white cat appears to be a bad omen
http://www.kristv.com/Global/story.a...39890&nav=Bsmh


Got that morbid feline? Death's a whisker away
http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...339168469.html


Oscar, cat with the purr of death
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/osc...339167772.html


Grim Creeper: Cat senses when patients will die
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline...im-creepe.html


Beware the death cat
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRe...icleid=1013472


Tabby cat gives the kitt of death
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007340506,00.html


Fortunately the stories were more serious. You'd think from those inane headlines that Oscar had been killing healthy people, not providing reassuring companionship for people who had been dying for a long time and were finally close to crossing over. I wonder if the doctor who wrote that wonderful article about him had any idea how silly some of the media reaction would be?

Cindy

Thankfully the NBC Nightly News had a much better title "A Cat's Tale"
It was a short, but very well done story.
post #52 of 52
I saw that earlier today... makes you wonder, doesn't it?

I was thinking that perhaps slowing metabolism lets off a particular odor and that cats can detect it... but even then, why would the cat hang out with the dying person? Hmmm....
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