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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  4,185 ratings  ·  772 reviews
A remarkable cat. A life-changing story.

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat is the story of a doctor who, at first, doesn't always listen; of the patients he serves; of their caregivers; and, most importantly, of a cat who teaches by example, embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from.

"Oscar has much to teach us about empathy
Paperback, First paperback edition, 239 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by Hyperion Books (first published October 1st 2009)
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Petra X
This isn't a review, it's a resolution:

I WILL finish this book
I DID finish this book.

It was hard going.

I'm such a cat person I couldn't resist the title, but in fact the book isn't about a cat at all. The title is just a hook to get cat lovers like me to part with $$$ hoping we might understand something more about the totally mysterious thought processes of a cat.

What the book is about is Dr Dosa who isn't very interesting. He's married with kids and has non-disabling arthritis. He's very ordi
Julie Hedlund
It seems I am in the minority here, but I thought this book was just okay. It was billed as a story about a cat's ability to sense when dementia patients in a nursing home were approaching death and his dedication to remaining with them during their final hours. The real focus of the book, however, was on Dr. Dosa's experience treating his patients with dementia. That subject is certainly important and interesting, but the approach of revealing almost the entire story through dialogue between hi ...more
May 18, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read nonfiction stories about cats
This is a heartwarming tale about aging, life, death and letting go. It's also about the love we give and receive from the animals in our lives. This book details the amazing ability of one particular cat, named Oscar, in a New England nursing home who is able to determine when one of the residents is about to die. He chooses to stand watch over these people until they die, comforting the families who come visit and spend the last moments with loved ones. He acts as a calming force, a sentry aga ...more
I had to travel for work last week. I finished the book I brought with me for the trip out. And because of the “no electronics during take-off and landing” rule, I needed another book to keep me occupied on the return trip until I could read on the iPad (or, in this instance, re-watch the season finale of Sons of Anarchy). Anyway, I was in a really small airport that had a really small selection of books. The only one that really caught my eye was Making Rounds With Oscar.

Dr. David Dosa works wi
Jun 21, 2015 Jeannie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers
I absolutely adore this book! Watching my own mother pass away from cancer and seeing how her dog interacted with her I believe that Oscar has that special gift too...the gift to comfort someone in the darkest of times. We all must die alone but with an animal lying by your side, purring or just snuggling I truly believe it brings comfort not only to the person who is passing on but those who are there with them. This is a beautiful book, simply written. The author starts off not believing that ...more
As a book about a cat, it was disappointing.
As a book about dementia, it was a success.
I heard about this cat a few years back. So when the opportunity came to read a book about him, I was curious to say the least. To my surprise this is not really a book about Oscar, the cat. He has more of a supporting actor role in this book. It's more about a doctor's experience with his dementia patients and their families. The doctor finds he trusts this cat and he learns to be guided by the cat because Oscar has the ability to sense when a patient is about to die. Oscar goes and curls up wi ...more
Oscar the cat ignores most of the patients at the nursing home where he lives until they are dying. Without fail, he shows up within 24 hours before a patient dies and stands watch until they are gone. He brings comfort to the patients and their families as they pass to the next life.

This is a true story, written by a doctor at the nursing home. Dr. Dosa was initially skeptical about Oscar's ability, but once he became convinced, he decided to interview the families that Oscar had comforted as t
Gerri Leen
Sep 10, 2010 Gerri Leen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
If this book had been called "My Life with Dementia Patients (and oh yeah, there's a cat)", I'd have given it four stars. I also would NOT have bought it. I was fascinated with Oscar when I read his story online several years ago. I bought this book because I wanted to know more about THE CAT. Not about Doctor Dosa or the lives of his patients. Everything about the outside of the book points to it being ABOUT the cat, not being about the doctor who doesn't even like cats and makes no attempt to ...more
This book was recommended by my goodreads friend Charlotte. I really wasn't sure if it was my type of book. I knew the book was about a cat in a nursing home. The cat, Oscar, knew when any of the elderly residents were about to die and would spend each person's final hours curled up in their bed. Who knows why this cat was able to do this--a smell or some other sense. It was interesting to read about Oscar's ability.
But, what I really took from this book was something that wasn't anything to
Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat; David Dosa M.D.

On July 27, 2007 Oscar the amazing cat who seemed to be able to predict the imminent death of patients at Steere House Nursing and Rehab Center in Providence, Rhode Island made the AP news . Oscar was a stray cat that began to wander the construction site of the current facility, and one day, shortly after the dedication ceremony, he decided to take a tour of the completed facility....."At first the staff tried t
Where to start? This non-fiction book took me over. It is mesmerizing. Making Rounds with Oscar is about a marvelous cat, one of three, on the third floor of a Rhode Island nursing home. Oscar is special. He senses when death is imminent, and that is a gift that sets the staff talking and prompts the facility’s doctor David Sosa, M.D., the author, on a quest to understand what makes Oscar purr, er, tick.

More importantly, this book is about dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, which affect
This book was a very quick read - partially because I just didn't want to put it down. It isn't necessarily great literature, but it is truly an amazing story - a physician sets out to discover whether or not Oscar, a cat who lives in a rehabilitation home on an Alzheimer's floor, really does have some sort of inherent knowledge of when the residents are about to die. This amazing cat, who often is not interested in touch and affection, will settle onto the bed of an individual as he or she near ...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Oct 18, 2011 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Noran by: Timothy Zuverink
This book did not have enough Meow for me, just like Dewey. Yet, I felt like I got to know this cat much more. Maybe, since I volunteered at a Hospice home for a couple years(not as a nurse though), I can relate more to this setting. Animals make a huge difference to these patients. I remember moving a bird feeder, for a new resident. She spent alot of time at her bay window looking at the birds. The daughter mentioned it was nice to have it, and I replied I moved it just for her mother. These w ...more
Although cats are fascinating creatures, of which I’m quite fond of the finicky little buggers, “Making Rounds with Oscar” is more than just regaling the story of a cat’s extraordinary companionship tendencies with chronically ill patients. It’s a layman-friendly glimpse into Alzheimer: symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and durational/terminal expectations. And it’s a broad spectrum exploration into the varied affects the disease has on patients, their families, nursing staff, and doctors, along ...more
David Dosa, MD, is a geriatrician on staff at the Steere House, a skilled nursing facility specializing in patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. One of the unique things about Steere House is that they keep pets in the facility (cats, birds and rabbits) because they have found that the animals are oftentimes soothing to patients in distress.

One of the cats, Oscar, is fairly standoffish to staff and patients ... except when the patient is close to death. Then, Oscar hops up on th
Oscar is the feline nursing home resident who somehow senses when a patient is about to die and feels it is his duty to spend time with the dying patient as the end approaches. A simple matter of chemical attraction? Instinct? Empathy & Compassion? Or something more spiritual? This is what Dr. Dosa, the primary care physician for dementia patients at Steere House Nursing Home in Rhode Island, tries to discover in this informatively sensitive and poignant book.

Actually, when I first heard abo
Jennifer Nelson
Expecting another cutesy kitty-cat story, I was pleasantly surprised to find Making Rounds full of depth and pathos. Oscar is a somewhat unusual cat in that he can somehow sense when people are ready to leave this earth. At the Alzheimer's senior facility where he lives Oscar is a faithful and committed part of the hospice team. Even though somewhat unfriendly at other times, he sits with those who are dying, providing comfort to them and their families. Dr. Dosa does a great job describing the ...more
A sweet little story about an amazing cat with a gift for knowing when nursing home patients are going to die and the skeptical alzheimer's doctor who learned of Oscar's gifts. I listened to the book on CD so I fear that the reading tainted my rating. I found the reading stilted and mildly melodramatic. But I still loved the story and found it moving. At times it brought me to tears. I'd say it's a must read. Really. Whether you have a loved one with dementia or not, it is possible that all of u ...more
First, a disclaimer. I know the author, which is the only reason I initially chose to read this book. I was familiar with the story of the cat who knew when the nursing home residents were about to die and wasn't particularly interested in hearing more about it. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that (despite the way the publisher promoted it) the book is not really about the cat at all. While intriguing in its own right, the cat is merely a vehicle for discussing much more important a ...more
"Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat" is a must read for any animal lover or loved one/caregiver to a person with dementia. Dr. David Dosa, a geriatrician, pens the poignant tale of Oscar, a cat living on the third floor of the Steele House in Providence, Rhode Island, a nursing home for the elderly suffering from dementia. Oscar is blessed with a special gift: he can sense when someone is about to die and holds a vigil at the patient's side until he/she passes an ...more
This book definitely comes under the "your mileage may vary" category. I'd hoped it would focus a bit more on Oscar, who came across as nothing more than a standard cat doing standard cat things, and who was a peripheral character despite being featured on the book's cover. This is no, "Dewey, the Library Cat" -- it's a book about a dozen different families and their loved ones' battles with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It's depressing. There are no happy endings. Every patient dies, ...more
Amy Palmer
Nov 24, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat lovers
Shelves: pets-animals
I first heard about Oscar several years ago when he made national news. If you aren't familiar with him, here's the quick backstory: Oscar is a cat that lives at a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island: Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He lives on the floor that contains the unit where patients with dementia are cared for. It was discovered that, although most of the time Oscar isn't overly concerned with the patients, he will go and sit with them a few hours before they die. H ...more
Andy Shuping
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

This book was a pleasant surprise to me. I knew that it would be about Oscar and his interactions with patients that were dying, but what surprised me was how the author talked more about the stories of the families that were dealing with a loved one having dementia. Oscar was a definite theme of the book and it was enlightening to read about how he took his role at the house, but even more enlightening was the stories of the families.

The author works at a nursing home that specializes in taking care of elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The book provides insight into the lives of patients, family members, doctors and nurses as they watch the patients slip away from them, both mentally and physically. The frustration, the anger, the guilt, etc. is often devastating to the families. The nursing home where Dr. Dosa works has cats "working"/living there. They provide pet therapy. One of the cats, Oscar, seems t ...more
Marina Zala
*books 94 - 2014 *

saya akan memberikan kisah kucing oscar ini dengan rating 2,9 dari 5 bintang!
tadinya saya berekspektasi lebih pada ceritanya ttg seekor kucing yang nengetahui detik2 menjelang meninggal pasien demensia..

ceritanta lumayan, standar sih klo dibilang. saya lebih tergugah dengan kisah kucing cleo daripada ini.. lumayanlah dibaca untuk waktu senggang..
This book is one long insight into caring for and living with people suffering with dementia, an insight that I haven't really experienced yet in my readings. The book is more about the families and particular patients than about Oscar the cat; however, Oscar's ability to sense when a nursing home resident was about to pass on gives the stories a wonderful framework and adds an extra element of interest. I was so moved by the stories and the struggle to love and protect a person who is no longer ...more
Jaka Santana
Buat penyayang kucing membaca buku ini seperti membaca kisah romantis. Penulis buku ini, sekaligus tokoh utama di dalam buku ini dengan pintarnya menggambarkan kelakuan, tingkah laku, gerak gerik kucing dengan alami tanpa dibuat-buat.

Buku ini sendiri menceritakan Oscar, sang kucing yang mendiami panti jompo Steere House. Kucing ini memiliki kemampuan untuk mengetahui apakah pasien akan 'berangkat'. Rasa penasaran terhadap Oscar membuat sang penulis mencari-cari jawaban yang ilmiah terhadap kela
Cathy Moore
I enjoyed reading about Oscar and his patients. The book not only spoke of Oscar's gift and compassion to deal with the dying patient; however, it gave insight to the various ways dementia affected the families as well as the patient. Oscar is truly an extraordinary cat.
Every cat lover must absolutely read this book. This is non-fiction and really makes clear our close connection to animals and how they help us to feel more at home in the awful circumstances of a nursing home. I can look at my own experiences with my many cats over the years and see that they, too, could be an Oscar the cat.
This book is not cute and the very real sadness of dementia is not prettied over but just as Oliver Sacks reminds us of how music can reach the mentally challenged, David Do
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