04/04/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cat Predicts Deaths At Steere House Nursing Home In Rhode Island

A cat can predict deaths at a nursing home in Rhode Island, according to a new book by scientist Dr. David Dosa.

The book, "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat," claims that 'Oscar the cat' has predicted the deaths of some 50 elderly patients, curling up with them just before they die.

Staff at the nursing home have reportedly confirmed the claims.

It is believed that the cat 'smells' death, detecting odors released by the body as it nears death.

Read more about the new book on the Steere House Web site or via the Associated Press.