Pet therapy is widely used these days in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and homes for the elderly, as animals are said to provide patients going through difficult times with companionship, emotional support, and unconditional love. Oscar, a cat at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Rhode Island, has been living with mostly elder patients since 2005, and they can all rest assured he'll be with them until the very end. Because he knows exactly when that's going to be, and he'll curl up right by their side.

Initially, Oscar was just brought in as a pet for all the patients and residents of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, most of whom were elderly and had Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia, and other rather heavy illnesses. The doctors and nurses soon realized that every time one of their patients passed away, Oscar would always be curled up In a ball right next to them. It got to the point that if Oscar jumped on your bed and got in his spot by your side, you most probably only had a few hours to live. Because he was seldom wrong, the staff started using Oscar's actions as a signal for when to call family members of the soon-to-be-deceased. One night, Oscar was put next to a patient who was presumed to be close to her last breath, but Oscar jumped off the bed and went across the hall to another patient's room, where he jumped on another bed and situated himself next to an elderly man, who passed away within two hours. If for whatever reason he can't get inside the room of a dying patient, he'll just sit right in front of the door and meow until someone lets him inside, wherein he'll jump up on the bed and provide whatever comfort he can for the final hours.

After accompanying over 50 deaths, the doctors and nurses are convinced Oscar senses impending death. Some cynics do exist, but scientists are aware of chemicals that get released from a human body after death, and it's possible that Oscar is able to smell that. Whatever the case may be, all I know is if I ever need to be placed in a home when I'm in my old age, I'm not going anywhere that has any cats.


"So who's next, Oscar?"

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Don't want to see that outside your door.

Stay away from me, Oscar...