Making Rounds With Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat

Dosa, David

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Making Rounds With Oscar
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.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401323233
Branch Call Number: 615.85158 D722m 2010
Characteristics: vi, 225 p. ;,22 cm


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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.

Jul 15, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is a serious and worthwhile read. I highly recommend it to families and caregivers of patients with dementia. This book is narrated by the author, a geriatrician named Dr. David Dosa. He works at a nursing and rehabilitation hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. At this facility, Steere House, he cares for many patients including those with dementia and the book focuses on their care and the struggles endured by them as well as their families in coping with this devastating illness. At the residence, there is an extraordinary cat named Oscar who has the amazing ability of being aware of patients who are at the end of life and are soon to pass. He offers quiet and constant comfort to these patients and also to their families. Dr. Dosa, curious about Oscar and ever the scientist, wants to comprehend the peculiar "extrasensory power of perception" that this cat manifests and comes to interview several families about their experiences with Oscar. Their stories offer meaningful insight into the serious challenges and profound sadness that people encounter when coping with dementia. This book offers a journey in empathy and teaches compassion and sensitivity and should be read by nursing and medical students. A powerful book."

Jun 02, 2013
  • MEANS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Pisinga rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • bibliouncommon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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
  • Rocket29 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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


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