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Feb 3, 2010 12:53 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Cat of death the focus of new book

A cat that lives at a nursing home in Rhode Island has made big news in the past for his uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Now the cat, named "Oscar", is the subject of a new book called "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." Dr. David Dosa, the book's author, says that Oscar has correctly predicted 50 deaths in a five year period. Oscar previously made it into the New England Journal of Medicine after the cat curled up next to 25 patients right before they died. The hospital even gave him a plaque for providing compassionate hospice care. Interestingly, the families of patients and staff have said that Oscar does not scare the residents of the nursing home, and they say the cat often has given comfort in the last hours of the dying.

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