July 26, 2007

The Feline of Death or Memento Meowii

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I've seen this story about Oscar the Cat, who's managed to ring up an impressive record for spotting terminal patients at a Providence, R.I., nursing home, floating about AlGore's interwebs the past few days, but I just have to repeat the Speculist's comment on it:

Yeah, poignant. Not to go all Occam's Razor or anything, but has it occurred to anyone to ask whether this cat might be somehow killing these people?

Friends, I can see it all as clearly as if I were standing there myself: claw-punctures in the saline-feed, hairballs clogging up the tracheotomy tubes, the EKG readings completely out of whack because the damned animal is sitting on the leads and purring.....and let's not forget the power of suggestion, as when Oscar stares these poor, weakened folks in the face with a look that says "I want that bed for my nap, you cretin. Why don't you just give it all up right now."

I suppose I'm willing to accept (simply for lack of proof) that Oscar isn't murdering the poor blighters outright, but that doesn't really cause me to warm up much to him. If this had been a story about a dog, I would have assumed that his purpose in seeking out those about to die was to provide them comfort and sympathy. I'd be willing to bet that ol' Oscar does it just to gloat.

UPDATE: Just received the following in the Tasty Bits (TM) Mail Sack:

To: Robbo Llama

From: cats.orglemanor@cox.com

U left ur computer on thismorning an we just red yur post on Brother Oscar. You sunnuvabitch. Think we cant doo the same thing to yoo?

Also, weer out of milk agin. Get sum on the way hom.


The Cats

Posted by Robert at July 26, 2007 01:36 PM | TrackBack

Upon hearing the story, a fellow I work with summed up his feelings if he were a resident in the nursing home -"...the first thing I would do is shoot that effing cat!"

Posted by: kmr at July 26, 2007 06:19 PM

This is just weird on multiple levels, but what's getting me is that I could have sworn that I read somewhere that cats usually bug out right before someone's going to die. Which, I suppose, doesn't bode well for all those spinster aunts who have their cat population get out of control so they wouldn't be lonely.

I'm smelling a breeding/marketing opportunity for Oscar's owners.

Posted by: Kathy at July 26, 2007 06:29 PM

Mrs. LMC's cats shoot me the look that says: "when we find you dead, we are going to eat you."

Posted by: LMC at July 26, 2007 09:32 PM

Did you see the headline in the Daily Mail? "Grim rea-purr"


Posted by: ChrisN at July 26, 2007 10:13 PM

Sucks the breath right out of them.

Posted by: Hucbald at July 27, 2007 07:48 AM

I was reminded of the stories of cats "sucking the breath out of babies."

Posted by: gail at July 27, 2007 09:00 AM

Oops-left off a bit.

But I was also reminded of the more recent scientific stories of dogs being able to scent cancers:

Posted by: gail at July 27, 2007 09:02 AM

My first thought was that the nursing home should get rid of that cat.

Posted by: marvin at July 27, 2007 09:13 AM


Scary kitty.

Posted by: Domenico Bettinelli at July 28, 2007 12:05 PM