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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat (original 2010; edition 2011)

by David Dosa

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Title:Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Authors:David Dosa
Info:Hyperion (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa (2010)

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A collection of stories of patients dying of dementia and the impact one black and white cat had on their lives. Oscar is one of the resident pets at a bustling nursing home in Providence, RI. It wasn't long after he came to live there that residents attendants both began to recognize his strange gifts. Typically standoffish, Oscar would stay with patients who were in the end-stages of their illness. Oscar's presence in a room came to denote that patients immanent death.

One of the doctors describes how Oscar's ministry to patients came to mean so much and his loving attention eased the transition for many. This is a heartwarming book but most of it is stories from the family of patients rather than about the cat himself. ( )
  Juva | Jun 25, 2016 |
The Author is a Geriatrician Doctor who was working in a nursing home where Oscar made his home...A rel treat for animal lover's of all ages. The story was intriguing and a unanswered mystery to those who knew Oscar....Did this cat really possess an extraordinary gift........as instinct.....A wonderfully written book....Heartwarming..... ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Whilst this was a gentle, compassionate book it was more about a doctor (the author) treating his patients with dementia rather than focusing on Oscar and his ability to predict when someone is about to die. The story didn't really go anywhere except to show how family members deal/don't deal with losing a loved one to dementia. I found the background stories of Dr Dosa's patients interesting and, should I ever end up in a home similar to Steele House, it would be nice to know that there was a cat like Oscar there, but overall I didn't find the book a satisfying read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
A truly wonderful, but eye-opening, book. My family has had several cases of dementia, and I've never known what to do about it or how to cope. In all honesty, I just avoided it and the people it affected. I was wrong. That isn't the way to go about it, and I regret not spending time with those family members before they passed. So thank you, Dr. Dosa and Oscar. ( )
  ThisTornImage | Jun 4, 2015 |
I don't usually read this type of book. I heard about Oscar the cat in the news media awhile back and was curious about the story. It gave insight on the bond between humans and animals, how comforting they are to the patient and their family. Even with dementia, the patient may not relate or recognize the family but can relate to the cats at the facility. The Facility physician, as he follows the stories of the families and witnesses Oscar in action, becomes a believer in Oscar's ability to know when a patient is dying. ( )
  Sandraelaine | Sep 23, 2013 |
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This book, both touching and humorous, isn't just about Oscar. It's about listening and letting go. It's also about the inner workings of a nursing home for Alzheimer's patients, the people who work there, the rhythm of their days, and the six other cats who also call it home, cats who also bring comfort to the dementia patients but do not share Oscar's talents of premonition.
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Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.
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When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little cat with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near.… (more)

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