Kitten survives wash and spin in a washing machine

SYDNEY Thu May 27, 2010 1:44am EDT

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - A Persian kitten gave her owners the shock of their lives when she emerged from the washing machine, dizzy and bedraggled after surviving a full cycle.

Brendon Rogers, from Manly Vale, Sydney, said four-month-old Kimba, a white, fluffy kitten, must have climbed into the front-loader machine when the door was open and curled up on the dirty clothes -- unbeknownst to his father Lyndsay who turned the machine on for a cold wash.

They were both amazed when the cycle -- including a high level spin -- finished and they opened the door to pull out the clothes to find Kimba in the machine.

"We could hardly believe our eyes when she emerged, looking like a drowned rat," he told Reuters.

Although Kimba was alive she clearly needed help so they rushed her to the vet where she was put on an intravenous drip and treated for shock and hypothermia.

Her eyes were also badly affected by the detergent and needed treatment.

"It is just amazing that she survived but we reckon she's used all of her nine lives," said Rogers.

(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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ingridg wrote:
It is shocking to me that this animal’s suffering would be publicized in such a light-hearted way. I thought Reuters was better than that.

Cats DO NOT have nine lives and this one is probably brain damaged and will not have a normal life or most likely a very long one. I predict seizures and abnormal behavior will force these people to make a hard decision because of their carelessness. They are negligent and should not be proud of this – they should be ashamed of themselves for letting this happen. Further, they should not be allowed to have any more animals.

Awful, ridiculous, shameful.

May 27, 2010 5:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rezorrand wrote:
To the previous commenter, you are overreacting. In case you didn’t notice Reuters just reported what the owners said. It’s not taking the event light-heartedly nor strictly. The saying about nine lives in this case obviously doesn’t imply that anyone believes the cats to actually have nine lives, but that it’s a miracle for the cat to have survived the incident.

Also you’re not a vet nor you seem to know much anything about animal physiology so making any assumptions about the future life of the cat is ridiculous. I’m not belittling what happened with this cat, but there have been much more serious even traumatic incidents after which the animals have survived and succeeded by their pure will to live. I’m happy the little kitten survived and seriously hope the owners look more carefully after their cat.

This whole incident is very minor when considered that millions of cats are killed, drowned, beaten to death and otherwise abused by ignorant animal haters. Those people shouldn’t be allowed to get even near any animals. Kimba’s owners don’t appear to be “proud” of the incident either, nor does Reuters imply that. Also you don’t consider the fact that they rushed the cat to vet immediately and it received proper care afterwards.

Don’t be hypocritical.

May 27, 2010 6:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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