Death Cat

BBC News:

A US cat that is reportedly able to sense when a nursing home’s residents are about to die is baffling doctors. Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours. According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25 cases so far.

Perhaps William Burroughs was right about the life-taking abilities of moggies.

3 Responses to “Death Cat”

  • The_B Says:


  • Daniel Puzey Says:

    I wish they’d give some useful context though. How many people does it visit in a day? How many beds does it lie on? And how many deaths are there in the place?

    If the cat spends an hour a day on 50% of the residents’ beds *anyway*, then odds are it’ll be “right” for 50% of the deaths, too.

    Still, cats rock. (With 99% certainty.)

  • H Says:

    If no-one else has made the connection that the cat is clearly bumping off the residents, send for Quincy MD.