Feline Fortune Teller
Without any help, Oscar will enter the room of a resident. He will then jump on the bed, curl up, and purr. If the hospice staff sees this, they know to call the resident's family...because they know the patient's time is nearing an end. Oscar only exhibits this behavior to patients that are nearing death.
And the cat is 25 for 25. 100% accuracy.
Oscar has been observed doing his "terminal ritual" hours or half a day before a patient passes away. He doesn't do this with patients that are NOT dying soon.
How does he do this?
Many doctors and scientists believe that Oscar is somehow able to smell a certain chemical that is released by a person that will soon expire. Others also think that maybe the cat is mimicking typical nurse behavior. He's been living at the hospice since he was a kitten, for two years. Maybe he sees how a nurse attends to a patient that is dying and is alone. He sees the nurse giving comfort, and he has simply learned this behavior.
Another theory is that maybe Oscar notices that patients that are gravely ill don't move around as much, and he associates that with death.
Regardless of whichever hypothesis is correct, Oscar is one amazing cat.
I just hope a patient suffering from dementia and denial doesn't beat the hell out of the cat thinking it's a modern day Grim Reaper.