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Does Feline Have a Feeling That Death Is Near?

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Does Feline Have a Feeling That Death Is Near?

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Does Feline Have a Feeling That Death Is Near?

Does Feline Have a Feeling That Death Is Near?

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A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat is the title of an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine about a 2-year-old feline with an apparent ability to sense the hour of death. Oscar lives in a nursing home in Rhode Island, on a ward where patients are very old and ill.

Dr. David Dosa reports that in more than two dozen cases, Oscar has arrived at the bed of a resident only in the last hours of life. Oscar curls up, providing companionship.

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