‘Someone needs to scoop Azrael’s litterbox’

typed for your pleasure on 26 July 2007, at 10.36 am

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Under normal circumstances, cats are the most beautiful creatures in nature. But as we all know, nature doesn’t always behave the way we’d expect it to. Witness: *whispers* DEEEAAATH CAAAAATT

‘Nyaa you will die at dawn nyaa’

US cat ‘predicts patient deaths’
BBC News | Thursday, 26 July 2007

A US cat that is reportedly able to sense when a nursing home’s residents are about to die is baffling doctors.

Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours.

According to the author of an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25 cases so far.

Staff now alert the families of residents when he sits down next to their ailing loved one.

“He doesn’t make many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die,” David Dosa, a professor at Brown University who carried out the research, told the Associated Press news agency.
the rest of the article is here

He may not exactly be the friendliest kitty around, but Oscar is simply doing his job as a Shinigami (death god). Albeit the cutest Shinigami ever. However, if he’s ever spotted working outside of the hospice — say, standing on your bed at three in the morning and staring at you — then there’s a problem.


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12 have spoken to “‘Someone needs to scoop Azrael’s litterbox’”

  1. Miss Hyde writes:

    My cat Flo (Who odly enough says “nyaa” rather then “miew” Good kitty!)Knows when I’m sick and sleeps on the end of my bed. . . I’m starting to worry that he is a shinigami now. . . Oh dear its going to be horribly tragic like in “full moon wo sagashite” where the girl can’t sing because she has throat cancer and she can see her shinigami and . . . *collapses*

  2. Davecat writes:

    Cats! They’re crazy! Flo sounds like a lovely kitty, apart from the possible death god thing.
    Next time you feel really ill, though, I would advise getting a cat toy, like a small jingly ball or something. Flo comes in your room, start distracting her with the cat toy, and throw it out the door. If you can keep her outside your room until you’re better, that should work.


  3. Miss Hyde writes:

    That could work. . . But Flo’s a boy. . . long story. So possibly a mouse would work better.

  4. SafeTinspector writes:

    Is he friendly to the dying, or does he just sit next to them?
    Is he collecting their spirits?

    I read this story on the wire, but I find your retelling more compelling because of the whispered doom-saying.

  5. Davecat writes:

    Miss Hyde –
    ‘A Boy (Cat) Named Flo’ by Johnny Cash

    The article states that sometimes he sits next to them, and other times, he curls up to them, so it’s a 50/50 shot.
    I like how Oscar’s credited as ‘Feline Grim Reaper’, and someone apparently found my post by looking under ‘Oscar the shinigami cat’. Heh heh. 🙂


  6. Mahtek writes:

    My bet is that he is collecting their souls, and, when he has gathered enough energy, will morph into some giant creature to rain down destruction on all mankind.

    With luck, the Japan Godzilla Defence Force will be able to spare a few troops to help us out. They have experience with this sort of thing.

  7. Davecat writes:

    Yeah, but the Defence Force has a horrible track record!

  8. Mahtek writes:

    Oscar will prove himself as a true harbinger of death when he sits at an employee’s desk after lunch, and that employee dies that evening.

    And yes, the Defence Force rarely fares well, but you have to admire their enthusiasm.

  9. PBShelley writes:

    Well, it’s nice enough that this feline Shinigami is considerate enough not to appear in his true form, otherwise the nursing home would clear out promptly.

    Either that, or he forgot that cats have no opposable thumbs with which to inscribe their names onto the Death Note. See the excellent animated “Death Note” for the real “Oscar” (aka Ryuk) :-O

    *leaves an apple then runs away*

  10. Davecat writes:

    Or maybe someone in the hospice has the actual Death note, and Oscar is the shinigami attached to it…

    ‘Jonathan Thomas, dies at 11:56 August 5th, after choking on contents of fruit cup’

    I’m just sayin’, yo.

    O, and *whispers* DEEEAAATH CAAAAATT

  11. SafeTinspector writes:

    When you whisper, DEEEEAAATH CAAAAATT, are you doing so in a deep voice or a high pitched voice?
    Is it ominous or panicky?

  12. Davecat writes:

    It’s kind of a mid-to-high range. I’ll show you next time we hang out at Jeff’s, so remind me!
    Cos I’m sure you absolutely must hear it, and your life will not advance until you know.

    *whispers* DEEEAAATH CA-o, you know the rest.

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