Bengal crossbreed, Bobby, climbed unnoticed in among the washing and made himself comfy. But his peaceful snooze quickly turned into a nightmare when his loving owner, Lisa Keefe, unwittingly turned the machine onto a 60-degree cycle.
She 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.”
Nine-month-old Bobby was still alive but severely distressed and so 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.”
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 1 August 2015 and 1 August 2016.
Pet owners wishing to nominate their pet can enter online at www.pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor. They are run in association with PDSA Petsurance and the closing date is midnight on Sunday 25 September.
All the Pet Survivor entries received, including Bobby’s, will go to a panel of judges who will shortlist a small group of miracle pets to take part in a public vote. The pet that receives the most votes will be declared PDSA Pet Survivor 2016 and will win a year’s PDSA pet insurance*.