“He’s a cat with an uncanny instinct for death,” said David Dosa, assistant professor at the Brown University School of Medicine and a geriatric specialist. “He attends deaths. He’s pretty insistent on it.”
When death is near, Oscar nearly always appears at the last hour or so. Yet he shows no special interest in patients who are simply in poor shape, or even patients who may be dying but who still have a few days. Authorities in animal behaviour have no explanation for Oscar’s ability to sense imminent death. They theorise that he might detect some subtle change in metabolism – felines are as acutely sensitive to smells as dogs – but are stumped as to why he would show interest.
He added: “Oscar brought a special serenity to the room. What’s more peaceful than a purring cat? What sound more beautiful to fill one’s ears when leaving this life?”
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I’m excited to see how many more “Oscars” reveal themselves in the next while. This is really an exciting discovery which feels deeply connected to Rupert Sheldrake‘s work on morphic resonance and animal telepathy. I’m sure he’ll weigh in, as this is mainstream vindication for him in many ways.
On a personal note, I’m experiencing one of those uncanny “everything is about the current subject I’m on about” moments this week (Sheldrake, Timothy Leary, DNA)… I can’t get away from the subject matter!