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Kitty Reaper

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MSN had this kinda creepy kinda cute story on the other day…

Oscar the Cat lives in a Nursing Home in Rhode Island. Unlike most cute kitties, Oscar doesn’t like people and won’t be found on anybody’s lap. But when he does, the nurses call the family right away.

You see, Oscar the Cat has this uncanny knack in knowing when someone is about to die. He curls up next to them on their bed.

After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He’d sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours…

Don’t worry too much about the anxiety having this little angel of death on your bed might cause…

Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don’t know he’s there, so patients aren’t aware he’s a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

Having had a few loved ones pass on recently, I would actually like to have a cat like this around. Not only for the advanced warning, but even if you aren’t fond of cats like me, having one snuggle up to you when you’re not feeling well can be very comforting.

Oh! Oscar even received a plaque for his “compassionate hospice care.” How sweet.

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