Cat of doom

A sweet little story about a cat that’s able to sense the approaching death of patients at the nursing home where he lives was circulating in the news today.  That’s really nice.  A cat that intuits death and comes in for a little nuzzling and purring approximately 2 hours before the time of death.   I hate to be cynical, but it’s my job, and I’m thinking that maybe the cat’s a soul sucker and he just hangs around to suck up the souls of the newly departed.   Or maybe the cat’s hanging around, hoping the dying person will make a last-minute will change, naming him as sole heir.  That really pisses off the human relatives.  Or maybe he’s the reincarnated soul of a frustrated hospice worker who died too young.

Me?  cat.jpgI imagine if I were on my deathbed, my cat Tink would jump up on the bed and yowl to be fed until I died. Then he’d go bother someone else. 

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19 Responses to “Cat of doom”


  1. 1 RubyShooZ July 26, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Just time for a quickie here. You mentioned the cat sucking souls and it sparked a memory of a button that my beloved husband gave me that said:

    If I blow your mind will you suck my soul?”

    I loved that button! (And my husband and I still say that to one another.)

  2. 2 Bella July 26, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Yeah, that must be why the one family who was alerted to their loved ones change in status by the cat, wouldn’t allow the cat in the room when their love one passed! The cat meowed outside that patients closed door. How ungrateful can ‘ya be! He alerted them and they shunned him out the door! Bastards!

  3. 3 Deb July 27, 2007 at 4:45 am

    That’s so funny, because my cat checks to see if people are breathing, I swear, when they’re sleeping. I tell people she is trying to steal souls. 😀

    RubyShooZ, I want a button like that!

  4. 4 observantbystander July 27, 2007 at 5:32 am

    Yeah – a button like that would be way cool. Isn’t there an old wives tale about cats sucking the souls out of newborn babies?

  5. 5 Deb July 27, 2007 at 6:32 am

    I think I’ve heard that too!

  6. 6 poseidonsmuse July 27, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Lol! I meant to read that article when I saw it online, but didn’t! Thanks for the “Observant” humored-up version.

    I’ve heard the same feline mythology myself…I wonder where that came from? Some interesting tidbits about that myth here:

    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/catsuck.asp

    Honestly, that little feline freak would creep me out! Now, dogs that can sniff out melanomas and such (that is much more practical and not so bloody morbid)…

  7. 7 V- July 27, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Cats, even when they are full of purrs, brushing up against your legs, looking up at you with wonder and innocence. Somewhere, deep inside, we know they have an ulterior motive. I love ‘em!

  8. 8 karen July 27, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Man, I’m not sure if I want a dog sniffing out my melanomas! Just sounds weird, but I guess it’s a useful skill. V: Cats always have an angle don’t they? I love ’em too.

  9. 9 prisonmike July 27, 2007 at 10:56 am

    There is indeed an old wive’s tale about cats being able to suck the vital wind from a newborn. My gradmother hated cats for that very reason. I think though, that one got to me when I was about 3 months old. I have a psychic memory of it. Being an elderly cat, he was able to only evacuate 40% of my vital wind before he tired and took a nap.
    Dogs, on the other hand can sniff out melanoma, schizophrenia, and hypokalema. Incredibly, it turns out that all the above conditions smell, to a dog, just like bacon.

    “I was ringbearer at my Mom’s 2nd wedding. I got overly emotional about things and somehow, the front of my pants became wet. They ended up using a Golden Retriever as ringbearer. And after the ceremony, that dog peed on literally everything, and no one said boo.”

    – Michael Scott
    Phyllis’s Wedding

  10. 10 prisonmike July 27, 2007 at 10:57 am

    There is indeed an old wive’s tale about cats being able to suck the vital wind from a newborn. My gradmother hated cats for that very reason. I think though, that one got to me when I was about 3 months old. I have a psychic memory of it. Being an elderly cat, he was able to only evacuate 40% of my vital wind before he tired and took a nap.
    Dogs, on the other hand can sniff out melanoma, schizophrenia, and hypokalemia. Incredibly, it turns out that all the above conditions smell, to a dog, just like bacon.

    “I was ringbearer at my Mom’s 2nd wedding. I got overly emotional about things and somehow, the front of my pants became wet. They ended up using a Golden Retriever as ringbearer. And after the ceremony, that dog peed on literally everything, and no one said boo.”

    – Michael Scott
    Phyllis’s Wedding

  11. 11 Brian o Vretanos July 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Two unconnected thoughts:

    1. I’m surprised that the other residents haven’t done away with that cat… I suppose it’s one thing for it to hang around someone who’s obviously on the way out, but if your main problem was a weak heart, then attention from it could freak you out enough to finish you off!

    2. They still employ people to sniff urine samples, as this is the best way to diagnose some illnesses.

  12. 12 writerchick July 27, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Oh Gawd! I love you. Always looking on the bright side, eh? Actually, I would tend to think similar things.
    WC

  13. 13 poseidonsmuse July 27, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Prisonmike – I’m certainly going to have a giant GRIN on my face when I slap that bacon in the pan this weekend. Melanomas can smell like bacon…”Really?”….ugh

  14. 14 Laurie Anne July 27, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Cats are always doing some shit to make us freak out a bit, don’t theY?

  15. 15 Simonne July 28, 2007 at 8:28 am

    OB!!!! Rinse your mouth out girl! 😉
    I’M not a cynic and I think it’s wonderful! When I’m crossing over I’d love a puddy cat to escort me!!
    Sx

  16. 16 observantbystander July 28, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Mikie: Ken wonders if people start smelling like cat food a few hours before they die.

    Brian: I wondered the same thing and yes, you can smell sugar in urine. Although I haven’t actually tried that personally.

    WC/Laurie: I adore cats because they’re so freaking eerie. I adore being cynical about them also.

    Sx: You’re our positive ray of sunshine. Actually, if truth be told, I’d like to have all my animals around me when I die. Just as long as they’re clear they’re not getting any inheritance money.

  17. 17 Paul Baylay July 28, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    This has happened how many times? And still not a resident has thought to buy a pet Pitbull Terrier… You can’t cheat death but you can sure as hell have some fun on the way out.

  18. 18 observantbystander July 28, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Paul – THAT would be something to stay alive for! Pit vs cat – that’s a hard one to call. Pitbull = massive killing power. Cat = cunning and quickness. My money’s on the cat, but I’d probably lose.

  19. 19 Deborah July 28, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    I read this story earlier this week and felt somewhat creeped by the death omen. On the flip side, I grew up with a Siamese that used to snuggle up to me whenever I stayed home sick.


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