Here’s a charming story from the CBC about Oscar, a cat that lives in a Rhode Island nursing home. Oscar apparently has an unusual skill:
Oscar makes his daily rounds, waiting patiently outside rooms if the doors are closed, wrote Dosa. Once inside, the grey-and-white cat jumps onto beds and appears to inspect patients by sniffing the air.
If Oscar leaves the room, the patient isn’t likely to die that day, said Dosa.
But when the cat curls up on the bed, staff notice. They start phoning family members because the patient usually dies within four hours.
Experts are uncertain about how Oscar makes these calls–they cite scents given off by the patient or the behaviour of the nurses as possibilities.
Poppycock! Clearly the cat is secretly knocking off these poor patients when they’re not looking.