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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Grim Reaper LOLCat??

Death Comes Creeping On Little Cat Feet...

OK, this story is just too bizarre...
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.

I remember reading about a cancer-sniffing dog once. A death-sniffing cat, though? Dunno about that. I'll be kinda leery of having either one of my critters curling up next to me in the future...

I love this next bit:
Doctors said most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably do not know he is there, so patients are not aware he is a harbinger of death. 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.

That's because the cat must devour the departing soul!! According to one of the Far Eastern beliefs (and I can't remember which one at the moment), the soul at the moment of death leaves the body and transforms into an invisible butterfly. You know how cats sometimes seem to see things that we can't? That cat just wants to bat that soul outta the air and play with it until it stops wiggling...

Well, might as well commemorate the occasion with another LOLcat!