Bobby, a Bengal cross, snook in with the washing for a snooze, which quickly turned into a nightmare when his owner, Lisa Keefe, who was completely unaware he was in the washing machine, turned it onto a 60-degree cycle.
A curious kitten from Nottingham has miraculously survived after accidentally being trapped in a washing machine — and has now been nominated for the PDSA Pet Survivor Awards 2016.
She stopped the machine straight away and therefore prevented what could have been much, much worse. Luckily, Lisa, from Meadows, Nottingham, soon realised what she had done after hearing a loud thudding sound, and was horrified to realise that Bobby was trapped inside.
Lisa said: “Bobby has been known to climb into the washing machine, so I always try to keep the door shut and keep him away when adding a new load, and check inside before turning it on. On this occasion I had actually taken him outside, but he must have snuck back inside when my back was turned and hidden under the duvet.
“As soon as I heard the noise I asked my husband Kevin where Bobby was. I rushed to the machine and could see the colour of his fur mixed in with the quilt. I was petrified and raced to get him out.”
Thankfully, Lisa’s quick-thinking meant that Bobby, who is nine months old, was still alive, although very distressed. He was rushed to PDSA’s Nottingham Pet Hospital where vets took him straight to the emergency room.
PDSA vet, Tamsin Thomas, said: “Bobby was on the verge of collapse as his body was soaked through and his temperature was dangerously low.
“We gently dried him out, kept him warm and gave him IV fluids to treat shock. We monitored him overnight, and within hours he had stabilised and was able to go home the next day.
“Bobby is very lucky,” added Tamsin. “In my 15 years as a vet I’ve never seen a case like this and certainly never heard of a cat surviving a washing machine cycle.”
Run in association with PDSA Petsurance, The PDSA Pet Survivor awards are open to any pet treated by a vet in the UK for a life-threatening illness or injury between August 1, 2015 and August 1, 2016. Pet owners wishing to nominate their pet can enter online here — the closing date is midnight on September 25.
Tamsin explained cats can be very inquisitive and are often drawn to washing machines and tumble driers as they can be warm and cosy places to rest. She said it was important for owners to always check the drums before putting on a cycle.
Lisa said she was being extra careful when it comes to putting on a load of washing: “I think Bobby’s learned his lesson the hard way, he doesn’t go anywhere near the washer anymore. But I’m still very careful and triple check before turning it on.”
“There’s no way we would have been able to afford the treatment for Bobby privately so we’re really grateful to PDSA for everything they have done. It gives me nightmares to think what could have happened had he been inside the machine any longer.”