Phew! This cat really does have nine lives.
A Burmese cat named Oscar is “very lucky” to be alive after taking a nap inside a washing machine, only to get trapped in the 12-minute hot cycle – with detergent.
Oscar, who belongs to Amanda and Angelo Meredith from Queensland, Australia, is said to have recovered well from the ordeal.
Amanda told ABC Sunshine Coast that she heard a strange meowing sound after Angelo put the bedsheets in the front loader washing machine.
Assuming the sound was coming from the cupboard, Amanda went to hang out another load of washing.
But when she came back inside the house, she continued to hear the meowing sound and realised that it was Oscar in the machine, Daily Mail reports.
“The poor little cat had his hands on the glass as he was doing the rotations and he was looking at me. It was tragic,” Amanda said.
She was forced to wait an agonising two minutes for the front loader to shut off, so the door would open and she could free the feline from the hot cycle.
Amanda then called veterinarian Dan Capps who said the next six hours would be “touch and go” for Oscar.
Dr Capps suspected the cat might have crawled into the unit to escape the winter weather.
“He's a very lucky but strong little fellow,” the vet said. “This isn’t the first time this has happened.”
Fortunately, after a course of anti-inflammatory medication and a 24-hour stay at the vet, the lucky cat, despite getting bruised, was allowed to return home where Amanda says he slept for a full week.
Oscar was apparently back to his old self within weeks, although his owner jokes that he used up “three of his nine lives”.
However, Amanda suspects he might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“He sits there and watches it [the washing machine] tumble-turn all the time.”