A GISBORNE kitten has survived 55-minutes in a washing machine after its owner turned the household appliance on without realising the animal was inside.
Adele Law put some dirty clothes and washing powder into the machine, had a shower, before putting in more clothes and turning it on for a near hour long wash cycle.
She was unaware six-month-old Possum had climbed inside .
Law heard squeaking but thought it was just the piping.
“Someone said to me ‘when you heard the noise why didn’t you check to see if the cat was in the machine’, but how many times do you check to see if the cat is in your washing machine?” Fairfax NZ reported.
Upon returning home after running a quick errand, she checked the machine after hearing “the most horrendous sound”.
“I realised the noise was coming from the washing machine and I just could not believe it,” the mother of two said.
“I opened the door and it was the most horrible sight.
“She’s really fluffy, but she just looked like a rat, twisted and flattened.”
She then panicked and shut the door with the cut still inside.
“I told my son ‘mum’s just washed the cat’.”
She then called her partner, who asked how the cat was.
“I said ‘I don’t know, she’s still inside. I managed to pull myself together and go into the laundry and get her out. It was just disgusting.”
She then took Possum to the vet.
“I said ‘I’ve got a problem, I just put the cat through the washing machine. No one could believe she had gone through a 55-minute cycle.
“I think they thought I’d gone nuts.”
The vets thought Possum survived as it was a cold wash and the machine did not have an agitator.
After a few days recovering at the vets Possum returned home.
She took about a week to recover, and seems have no lingering after-effects.