Since he was adopted by staff members as a kitten, Oscarthe Cat has had an uncanny ability to predict when residentsare about to die. Thus far, he has presided over the deathsof more than 25 residents on the third floor of Steere HouseNursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island.His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians andnursing home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impendingdeath, allowing staff members to adequately notify families.Oscar has also provided companionship to those who would otherwisehave died alone. For his work, he is highly regarded by thephysicians and staff at Steere House and by the families ofthe residents whom he serves.
Early on I was told if my mother says she loves me to trust, but verify. Would the NEJM really publish a story about a cat “predicting” death.