Oscar was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter and grew up in the third-floor end-stage dementia unit at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The 41-bed unit treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses, most of whom are in the end stage of life and are generally unaware of their surroundings. Oscar was one of six cats adopted by Steere House, which bills itself as a “pet friendly” facility.
After about six months, the staff noticed that Oscar, just like the doctors and nurses, would make his own rounds. Oscar would sniff and observe patients, then curl up to sleep with certain ones. The patients he would sleep with often died within several hours of his arrival. One of the first cases involved a patient who had a blood clot in her leg that was ice cold at the time. Oscar wrapped his body around her leg and stayed until the woman died.In another instance, the doctor had made a determination of impending death based on the patient’s condition, while Oscar simply walked away, causing the doctor to believe that Oscar’s streak (12 at the time) had ended. However, it would be later discovered that the doctor’s prognosis was simply 10 hours too early: Oscar later visited the patient, who died two hours later.
Oscar’s accuracy led the staff to institute a new and unusual protocol: once he is discovered sleeping with a patient, staff will call family members to notify them of the patient’s (expected) impending death.
Most of the time the patient’s family has no issue with Oscar being present at the time of death. On those occasions when he is removed from the room at the family’s request, he is known to pace back and forth in front of the door and meow in protest. When present, Oscar will stay by the patient until they die, then after death will quietly leave the room.
i find this very interesting as this behavior seems common in many cats that reside in mental and nursing homes. Often sharing the bed of the soon to be deceased. In the ancient world cats were revered by many cultures, most famously Ancient Egypt, as guardians of the underworld, keepers of the gate of death, and sometimes even harbingers of death itself. This makes me wonder whether this behavior was observed during ancient times as well and perhaps prompted this belief and many practices surrounding it.
I can vouch for this. Right before my great-grandmother went into the hospital, my cat followed her around and slept outside her bedroom. When she passed, he paced in front of it and meowed painfully…
I didn’t get this joke until I was 16.
Okay let me give you the run down of this press pack interview. Throughout the first half of it Chris was rather calm and chill talking about his experience playing the Doctor…Until someone asked him about Rose Tyler and the relationship between her and Nine. Then the floodgates were released. A switch was thrown and he became much more adamant, passionate and energetic. He praised her character for being a great role model for girls and women, he was fully supportive of their love story and praised Billie’s performance as Rose.
Christopher Eccleston is the captain of his own ship!
Is there a video of this?
I MAY BE HYPERVENTILATING DUE TO TOO MUCH EXPOSURE TO AWESOME. OMG.
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C A R A L H O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A police officer was killed this week here in Arizona. Today is his daughter’s kindergarten graduation, and because he couldn’t be there, the rest of the force showed up to represent him.