Oscar, nursing home comfort cat

“A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat” by Dr. David M. Dosa of the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island is a must-read article in the New England Journal of Medicine ( July 2007). 

I reached it via www.boston.com/news/globe/heatlh_science.gallery

Oscar is a valued member of the 3rd-floor staff of the Steere House in Providence.  Oscar chooses only to visit at any length patients who are about to pass away.  At the time of the article’s publication, this unique creature had kept vigil for at least 25 individuals in their final hours. Steere House, a highly regarded,  sunny, crisp, and antiques-accented facility for terminally ill individuals, placed a Hospice orgnization plaque honoring Oscar on one of its walls. This uncanny feline selects whom to keep company & without fail, apparently, he has always known who was in their final hours. He arrived at the House as a kitten, brought in by a worker there.

A salute to Dr. Dosa for an article beyond comparison & to Steere House for flexibility in allowing a unique animal on site 24/7. 

A National Public Radio report on Oscar is via

www.npr.org/templates/story/story/php?storyld=12249387