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Oscar the cat has predicted 50 deaths

Over the last five years, records have shown that a CAT has predicted 50 DEATHS. His name is Oscar, he lives at the New England nursing home. He was adopted as a kitten at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, which specializes in caring for people with severe dementia.

Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that sometimes Oscar proves the medical staff wrong in their predictions over which patients were close to death. Dr Dosa first publicized Oscar's gift in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007, however since that time, he has “predicted” double the amount of deaths that are about to happen. Because of the way the cat behaves around the about to die patient, he has convinced the geriatrician that it isn't a coincidence.

Oscar is a tortoiseshell and White cat; it normally spends its time wandering around rooms and only seems to spend time with the patients who have only a few hours to live. If Oscar is outside of the room with the dying patient in, he scratches the door to try and get in. 


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