Thursday, July 26, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 26) - Dogs can sometimes predict an epileptic owner's seizure or sniff at an owner's mole, signaling a possible cancer.

When Oscar, a hospice cat, curls up on a patient's bed and stays there, the staff knows it's time to call the family. It usually means the patient has less than four hours to live.

5 comments:

Premium T. said...

Is this why you don't have any pets?!

Collin said...

You know Hollywood is already optioning this for a tv series or movie. What will it be called: "Kitty Reaper", "Pussy of Death," "That Darn Cat"?

Peter said...

PT, C: Hahahaha!

Pamela said...

Thanks for the link! I'm actually getting a CME Credit for the related article in the New England Journal of Medicine . Go figure...

My cat Loco unerringly senses when I'm depressed or sick. That's the only time he stays still and doesn't yowl or act, well, loco. Twenty pounds of feline acupressure usually cures any bad mood I have. If it's a lupus flare, he knows not to jump on my joints. I don't know how he senses it; he just does. I hope he's stays loco for a long time--I'm also glad he's not related to Oscar.

SarahJane said...

When I read about Oscar, I couldn't help but think he was almost responsible...