Making Rounds With Oscar

Making Rounds With Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey. They thought he was just a cat. When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy 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. Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer's. But he never spends much time with them--until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient's room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it's time to say good-bye. Oscar's gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of 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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401323233
Branch Call Number: 362.1756 DOS 2010
Characteristics: vi, 225 p. ; 22 cm


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mcljudya Jul 11, 2017

I am a crazy cat lady and I loved that this rather cranky cat would be so comforting to the dying.

Mar 24, 2017

If you borrow this hoping to read a book about a cat, you will be as disappointed as I was. It's 50% about the doctor himself, 40% about his patients and the staff and, at most, 10% about the cat.

Oscar is the ultimate feline comfort in the lives of terminally ill residents of a Rhode Island nursing home. Narrated by a doctor who is at first totally skeptical of Oscar's gifts, he grudgingly learns firsthand that Oscar is one very special kitty.

Jun 02, 2013

My rating--five stars.

Making the Rounds with Oscar, a book I found very enlightening, informative, and invaluable for anyone who will confront the loss of loved ones with or without terminal illness. While Dr. Dosa reveals lessons about Alzheimer's, his story, as well as, can be applied to other end of life matters.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Oscar and the experiences of Dr. Dosa.

A big Thank You to Dr Dosa.

Oct 06, 2011

A good book. About the inexplicable connection between animals and humans. A little boring.
But nice and at the same time - sad: what awaits us in old age (if we live to the old age)?

May 25, 2011

When I first heard about this story, I thought it would be really upsetting for people to see this cat in their room - after all, he only stays in the rooms of the dying. What I didn't realize was that this takes place on the dementia ward of a nursing home, albeit one with an enlightened policy on resident animals. Everyone is dying. and towards the end, there is often acceptance and even welcoming. While we can never know exactly what the patients were aware of, there was only one report of a family member blocking Oscar's access to a loved one's room - and that was in an effort to keep the loved one alive until another family member could arrive. No one reported that the cat's presence caused distress. Dr. Dosa interviews the families of patients who had Oscar with them while they were dying in an effort to figure out what was going on with the cat's uncanny talent. He also imparts interesting information about dementia and dementia patients. A fascinating book.

RMCNAJ Mar 28, 2011

I enjoyed this book very much. Interesting story interspersed with some good information about dementia. Informative (on a topic which many only know minimally) in an easy to read style.

Apr 15, 2010

I thought there would be more about the cat. Mainly about the Dr and his thoughts on the patients.

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