Grim Reap Purr: Nursing home feline senses the end

1:11pm, July 25, 2007

Stephen King, take note. A cat in Rhode Island knows when death is nigh.

Two years ago, the staff of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence adopted a gray-and-white kitten. They named him Oscar and moved him to the third floor of the dementia unit, where he generally keeps to himself.

Soon, though, the staff noticed something odd: Oscar was always hanging around when someone expired.

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