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Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.
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.
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.
Originally posted by TheGreySwordsman
It could be more mundane in that they can smell or alwise detect failing organ systems, etc. Or it could be that they can sense the approach of death itself and want to be comforting. Whatever the case may be, it's still interesting.
Creepy canine Scamp can apparently tell when residents at a long-term care facility in the US state are in their final hours.
The morbid mutt camps out in their rooms and stands guard by their bedsides.
He is also said to be able to sense grief.