Summary: Dr. Dosa is a geriatrician who works at a nursing and rehabilitation center. Some of the staff members point out that one of the facility cats, Oscar, seems to be able to predict when residents will die as he is often found on their beds during the dying process. Dr. Dosa is a skeptic at first but the more he observes Oscar the harder it is not to believe he has a special gift.
My rating: 4/5
I am an animal lover though I consider myself more of a dog person than a cat person. Regardless, I still appreciate the stories of cats and other animals who are extraordinary. It is almost impossible not to adore Oscar who is a fairly unfriendly cat when he is not helping the dying with their transition.
Dr. Dosa is an interesting narrator because he is an open minded skeptic. Many doctors are resistant to anything that seems even remotely supernatural and even though Dr. Dosa never fully figures out how Oscar can tell that a patient is dying he does eventually come to believe that Oscar has a gift.
I also love that Dr. Dosa is willing to admit that Oscar is not infallible and he occasionally makes mistakes.
On the surface this is a book about a special cat but we also get many stories about patients and families. Especially those dealing with Alzheimer disease. Their stories even more than the wonders of Oscar and the character of Dr. Dosa make the book worth reading. Aging is a natural part of life and so many of us will spend some portion of time caring for elderly family members and possibly being elderly and sick ourselves one day. In many ways I feel like Making Rounds with Oscar is a story of hope. Geriatric patients can lose their memory but still hold on to threads of who they are. Children can love parents who no longer know them. Alzheimer disease is often fatal but for Dr. Dosa’s patients there is kind staff, support for family members, and Oscar to help patients and their family get through some of the hardest times of their lives.