Todd Swarthout just kicked this link my way. Looks like a cat that was adopted by a terminal patient care facility accurately predicts patient’s deaths about 2-4hrs out by simply walking into their room and lying next to them until they die. His accuracy, from reading the article, seems to be in the high 90-percentile range.
Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.
Another interesting trait of Oscar is that according to the people he works with he’s not an affectionate cat and walks around the facility with a purpose. He also doesn’t like being interrupted while he’s work as he will pace back and forth outside the rooms of the people dying (if he’s put out by the family) and meow loudly.
I’ve seen enough movies and “Dead Like Me” episodes to guess that this cat is a guide of some kind… makes you wonder if the Egyptians revered cats for more than just their good looks…
NOTE: This is one of my cats, not Oscar… as intimidating as my cat looks he’s not the Grim Reaper.