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Lucky escape

This story is a reminder that cats can sneak into the unlikeliest of places and of the need to be vigilant.

Poor Persian cat Rosie was rushed in to see us at our sister practice, 387 Vets, having been trapped in the washing machine. She must have snuggled in when no one was looking. Fortunately, Rosie’s owner spotted her as soon as the drum started to fill with water and broke the door to release her.

Rosie was wet and shivery on arrival with us, so we kept her in for close monitoring and for treatment for hypothermia using our Bair Hugger®, an inflatable warmed air bed system. Rosie was able to go home later the same day, and was lucky to sport no more than two pulled nails and a bruise to her upper lip after her ordeal. What a fright for everyone.

In the amazing weather we’re having, cats may well settle in sheds and outbuildings or sunbathe in conservatories when doors and windows are open and there is free access. Please do check for any feline visitors before you lock up, as being trapped in hot spaces for any length of time can very sadly be fatal.