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Oscar the prophetic cat by bIG bLOGGER on 7 February 2010 2:37pm
A curious story appeared yesterday about OSCAR,a 2-year-old cat which roams the wards of the Rhode Island General Hospital in Providence,Rhode Island,New England.

Oscar has a fluent sensitivity or psychic intuition to know pretty well when a patient is about to kick it/cark it,and he goes and sits on that patient's bed. So far he has been right 25 times.
Of course this doesn't go down too well with some of the patient's relatives,who have cottoned on to Oscar's percipience and have asked that the cat be kept out of their loved one's room. But this doesn't please Oscar either,because when he is kept out he paces up and down the corridor meowing in protest.


content.nejm.org [New England Journal of Medicine]
Oscar the cat who predicts death
Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by johnnythemonkey on 7 February 2010 8:47pm
Yes bIG, my wife read that out to me from yesterday's newspaper.
Our old cat McGill has recently taken to sitting beside Meg rather than me and Meg was getting rather smug about it. That article made her think ! :)
Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by Loretto on 8 February 2010 1:27am
Hugh Lauries's US series, House had an episode which had the same premise as this news story. Ended up that the cat was snuggling up to patients who were on the way out because they were lying on electric sleeping blankets. The cat wanted warmth.
Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by mrsteabag on 8 February 2010 1:54am
Orion and I used to volunteer at the nursing home here in town. He usually dragged me off in the other direction when someone was on the way out. Hmm.
Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by TERRY S on 8 February 2010 2:32am
Ah, bless. You like that, you'll love this:


Unfortunately, the cat got knocked over and died, but there are going to be some books about him.

Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by kazzzz on 8 February 2010 3:05am
I've heard of other animals doing this, dogs as well.
Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by Spursfan on 8 February 2010 9:09am
Loretto that makes sense.

I read in several places that a cat or dog would sit on your bed while you were ill - but as soon as it sensed you were dying it would jump off or at least move away from you.

So when Tosun has been snuggled up I've been thinking I'm ok. Time for a rethink?!!

Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by peripatetically on 8 February 2010 1:21pm
I heard about that, bIG, or a similar case a few years ago. Animals are phenomenal. I love em!
Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by bIG bLOGGER on 8 February 2010 1:34pm
TERRY S: Thanks for posting the video about Casper the wandering cat in Devon. Gorgeous cat! I did see that story when it appeared a few weeks ago and I was charmed by it.

It should be noted that Casper was not run over by a bus,but killed by a careless motorist.
Apparently it seems that Casper just liked travelling in/on buses and although he sometimes made a bus journey of 11 miles,it was with no specific mission in mind but just for the fun of it.

If you enjoyed these 2,you may like to have a look at these disgruntled felines:

Angry Cat gets mad with Magpie and another cat

[Google this:]

Re: Oscar the prophetic cat by Loretto on 8 February 2010 6:15pm
Hi Spursfan! When my mother was dying from cancer, the family dog wouldn't come inside her bedroom door. The day she died he disappeared altogether, and then showed up the day she was buried. Maybe he was courting, who knows. But I do know that they showed a snippet on the news here about 5 years ago where dogs could be trained to sniff for tumors in people. Maybe there is something to it after all.
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