Monday, July 30, 2007

This cat can predict when people are going to die.

Dogs can sometimes predict an epileptic owner's seizure or sniff at an owner's mole, signaling a possible cancer. Now, it appears a cat can predict the deaths of patients in a nursing home.

When Oscar curls up on a patient's bed and stays there, the staff knows it's time to call the family. It usually means the patient has less than four hours to live.

The feline's accuracy has been observed in 25 cases at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. "He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," Dr. David Dosa said in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. » Read the full article here

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