Making the Rounds With Oscar

Making the Rounds With Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat

Book - 2010
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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, 2010.
ISBN: 9781401323233
Branch Call Number: 636. 8 DOS
Characteristics: vi, 225 p.


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Jan 11, 2019

I enjoyed this book very much. It was enlightening about how the doctor looked at the cat and how he was interested in getting the families information about whether or not they or their loved ones responded to Oscar. I think animals are great companions no matter where you are in life. This book will help people who are dealing with loved ones with dementia and having them in a care center. It would be wonderful if all nursing/ care centers would be like how the doctor described this one.

May 01, 2018

An interesting story ostensibly about a cat with special abilities. Is he psychic? Can he detect chemical odors that signal imminent death? Is the cat the angel of death in disguise. None of these questions are pursued or answered.

The book really is about humans with dementia severe enough to require they be institutionalized; and about their significant others; and about how the presence of a cat, or other animal, can be an influence for calm, reassurance, acceptance, and even love.

The entire book could probably have been reduced to a single page, certainly a short (3-5 page) essay.

Dec 28, 2017

This book is not just a nice book for the animal lovers. The author weaves in and out of the story of this unique cat who sits next to the dying person on their very last day of life and tells very real, necessary and important individual stories of the dementia patients and their families. I learned a lot about the last stages of dementia and what actually happens to the people involved. I am very grateful that I found this book.

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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