Here Kitty
Episode 18 of 24 within Season Five. Item 105 of 179 overall.
Production number S5E18.
Peter Blake - Writer
Juan J. Campanella - Director
13 votes

Nursing-home worker Morgan fakes sick to get House's attention after the home’s pet cat sleeps next to her. It seems that the cat only pays a visit to people if they are about to die – and does so with alarming accuracy.

While House dismisses Morgan as a nut job, he is intrigued by her theory on the kiss-of-death cat, and sets out to disprove it. When Morgan falls seriously ill, he and the team are forced to get to the bottom of both mysteries.

original airdate--March 16,2009         rating--13.13 million

network: FOX

songs--Theme Song: "Teardrop" by Massive Attack

  1. "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent
  2. "I Can't Say No (from 'Oklahoma!')"
  3. "I'm Not Drowning" by Steve Winwood


Preliminary diagnoses:

  • The patient thinks she is dying because a cat slept beside her and when the cat does that at the old age home, the person is dying. With help from Taub House determines that the patient is faking the first symptoms she shows but when she developes bronchospasm, House and Foreman agree it cannot be faked. When Cuddy insists that the patient be released, House takes her outside and blows cigar smoke in her face and gets another doctor to diagnose her with bronchospasm so he can keep her in the hospital. He later decides she has Cushing¹s Syndrome.

Final Diagnosis--Cancer of the appendix

  • House finally realizes that the cat likes to sleep next to what is warm: some of the dying patients had had fevers, some had had heating pads, and Morgan was warm due and since they had ruled out everything else, House deduces and when he presents the facts to Wilson, he too can see Morgan must have a carcinoid tumor in her appendix which can be easily removed.


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