Cat Falls Into Washing Machine & Survives 35-Minute Spin Cycle of Doom

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washing machine catIf there's one thing most cats absolutely hate (in fact I tend to be of the opinion that there are quite a large number of things most cats absolutely hate, but never mind), if there's just one thing most cats truly loathe and detest above all other detestable things to be loathed, it would have to be ... getting wet. Oh, the humiliation! The indignity! Hell hath no fury like a kitty cat bathed (or rained upon, or sprayed, or splashed, or whatever). And make no mistake: Cats hold a hell of a grudge, too.

Anyway, considering how much most cats react to even the idea of a 30-second bath, I can't begin to imagine how upset Natasha, a Siberian Forest Cat living in Oakland, California, must have been after she went through an entire 35-minute cycle in a washing machine. I can't begin to imagine how she survived, either, but she did!

Naturally Natasha's owner, Daryl Humdy, was horrified by the accident: “My roommate was loading his laundry and left the lid to the washing machine open while he went to the next room to grab more clothes. He came back, threw his clothes in, and shut the lid to the washing machine without realizing that Natasha had jumped into it while he had been away.”

Poor kitty!! Still, it's amazing Natasha didn't drown. As soon as they found her with the wet clothes, Humdy rushed her to the emergency animal hospital, where she received treatment for severe hypothermia and shock ... and, later, the "Most Unusual Claim Award," from Humdy's insurance carrier, Brea-based Veterinary Pet Insurance. Which is a pretty big deal! Honorable mentions this year went to "a dog that that sustained blunt trauma after being chased down and kicked by a mule, a poodle that was hit by a bicycle, and a St. Bernard that swallowed a holiday ornament."

I hate to say it, but somebody might as well: Good thing cats have nine lives! (And health insurance.)

What's the craziest situation your pet has ever survived?


Image via VPI Pet Insurance

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Pinkmani Pinkmani

Umm, it's just a cat.

Woofi... WoofieMom

Pink mani, I seriously hope you don't pass your lack of compassion for animals on to another generation. 

Katriena Young

sad the poor kitty. so happy that the kitty is okay. probulay super dizzy after that ride.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

WoofieMom, it's not that I have a lack of compassion for animals. I just don't see why people have such an attachment to their pets. (I.e. Allowing their dogs to sleep in their bed, allowing pets to sit on the couch, etc.)

handy... handy0318

Poor kitty, I'm glad she'll be OK... how frightened she must have been.

We had a cat that disappear for two days.  When he got back he was pretty banged up and his tail was completely skinned to the bone about three inches down.  The skinned bone was amputated and he fully recovered, but he's very, very careful about going outside now.

Amand... Amanda0712

My ex husband was leaving for work one morning and the cat was behind the open door. His tail was apparently in the crack of the open door. He slammed the door on the cats tail. There was blood everywhere!! Eventually that part of his tail fell off. Gross I know. But the vet told me there was not much that could be done. He is a healthy happy cat now.

nonmember avatar Cass

Pinkmani, my cats have been with me for 10 and 6 years, respectively. Every high and every low, they were there with unconditional love and cuddles. I have never met a human as loyal as they are and I'd do anything for them. That's why I let them hog the bed and steal my seat on the couch. I love them even when they puke on stuff or scratch the carpet and they love me as much as their little kitty brains allow (as long as there is a steady supply of ear scritches and catnip mice).

OKgirl OKgirl

Lots of research has been done that correlates a lack of empathy regarding the well being of animals with a higher instance of an Axis II psychological disorder. I wrote my dissertation on it.

During my undergrad, I worked as a vet tech. Some guy brought in a huge iguana to be treated for sluggishness, lethargy and not eating. After holding the lizard for a couple of hours in the clinic, the vet I was assisting was unable to find a heartbeat on the iguana so she called the owner while I put the lizard in a bag, tied the bag up and put it in a deep freezer, as that's what we did to preserve dead animals for burial. The owner decided he wanted to retrieve the iguana and bury it in his yard, so three hours later he showed up and I brought him the bag his lizard was in. He opened the bag and the lizard was alive and moving around. Needless to say, he was pretty pissed off at the clinic and my boss. Poor lizard. I'm glad he ended up being ok.

CPN322 CPN322

This is one of my worst nightmares!! A friend of mines siamese likes to hide in her dryer and ever since she told me that it made me even more paranoid about this happening. I don't ever leave the washing machine or dryer open and walk away. You just never know. That poor cat and owner. I bet he was beside himself :( so glad she is ok!! And might I add, she is beautiful!! Looks a lot like my boy.

CPN322 CPN322

Pinkmani - not understanding why people have such an attachment to their animals, on top of responding to a cat almost dying with "It's just a cat" would lead me to believe you are infact lacking empathy and compassion for animals. I don't know what else you'd call the way you are coming across.

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