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Cat in the Dryer Warning

Cat In The Dryer

I found this cat in my tumble dryer and I don't even have a cat.

I found this cat in my tumble dryer and I don't even have a cat.

Cat in the dryer is a warning to cat lovers around the world to check inside their tumble dryer before switching them on, whether they own a cat or not. The story I am going to tell is the truth and it is distressing so please be warned.

A few days ago I was drying my clothes in the tumble dryer and my phone rang. I could not understand what the person on the other end of the line was saying because the tumble dryer seemed to be so loud in the background. I opened the door of the dryer to stop the drum from rotating so that I could hear my caller. Ten minutes later, having forgot about stopping the dryer to take the call, I noticed the dryer door open and went to shut it. I almost had the door shut when I noticed the cat curled up in the middle of my nice warm drying, inside of the dryer. I was a bit shocked too because as much as I love cats, I do not own a cat. My own three cats aged 18, 19 and 21 all died within a couple of years of each other and I have been a feeder of feral cats ever since. I have been too ill to have responsibility of an animal since I lost my cats and shortly after my last cat died, my dog died too. I know how heart breaking and gut wrenchingly painful it feels, to lose a much loved pet.

It haunted me that it was so easy for a cat to get into your tumble dryer without being noticed. I shuddered at the thought that, I normally quickly switch my dryer on and then walk away to another room, and, being partially deaf, I would not have heard a cat banging around in my dryer. It terrified me to think that it is so easy for a cat to get killed, by accident, in the tumble dryer, by the person that loved them the most. I was truly grateful that I had noticed the cat before I shut the door and turned the tumble dryer on and that she was not harmed in any way. I know other cats and kittens have not been so fortunate so please, check inside your tumble dryer and your washing machine before using and get into the habit of shutting the dryer door when not in use to prevent a cat or kitten from sneaking in and getting killed.



Feral Cats Of Lanzarote

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Kitten in the Tumble Dryer

A couple of days after catching a cat napping in my tumble dryer, I received a text message from a friend that I had met through our love of cats. I met this friend in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, where I go to offer my support and energy to a cat charity that feeds and protects feral cats. Before I opened her message to read, I remembered that she had adopted a tiny kitten weeks earlier. Apparently the kitten had been taken from its mother too early and struggled for the first couple of weeks of life but he was strong and soon he was eating and drinking without assistance from my friend who was caring for him. I smiled at the memory of the image of the tiny kitten getting stronger every day. When I finally opened the message from my friend, I was horrified at the contents of what I was reading. My friend said that she had not been able to find the kitten all evening and that she had looked everywhere for him. The next morning she was emptying her tumble dryer and the kitten was there and dead! My friend was devastated and I was heart broken for my friend and the kitten. My heart reaches out to her and anyone else who has experienced such horror as killing their own or someone else's pet by accident.

Please check inside your tumble dryer before switching it on because if a stray moggy can sneak into my house out of the rain and into my dryer, they can sneak into yours too, so please check your tumble dryer and pass this story on. Lets warn as many as we can not to go through this horrific experience my friend has had because the cat got into the tumble dryer.

Check your washing machines too because cats like dark little corners to sleep in and some cats and kittens will try to sleep in the washing machine and come to a terrible sad end.


Cat in the Washing Machine

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And Finally

I felt a need to warn people to check their dryers before switching on and raise awareness of how easy it is to lose a beloved pet to a tragic death inside the home.


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Comments

Louise Elcross (author) from Preston on August 08, 2020:

Thanks for reading Pamela. I too always had a cat and never found one in the dryer. The cat I did is not even my cat! It was shocking to me that within a day of finding the cat in the dryer and thinking about writing about it that a friend found her kitten in the dryer dead. I want to warn everyone that this can happen, especially in places like the north of England where the weather can be cold and wet, even in summer.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2020:

Finding a little cat in your dryer on the clothes is scary. I appreciate the warning, Louise. I have never had that happen altough I almost always have a cat and they are loose in our neighborhood.

Louise Elcross (author) from Preston on August 06, 2020:

I was heartbroken when my friend told me what had happened. I felt her loss and I want to raise awareness to all those with kittens and cats to just think before they use their appliances. Thanks for reading Sp Greaney.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 06, 2020:

Cats are notoriously noisy and will go into places thay they shouldn't. Sorry to hear about the kitten. It seems one must always remain viligent.

Louise Elcross (author) from Preston on August 05, 2020:

Rochelle, I hope your cat was okay after her little fishing trip. Thanks for reading

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on August 05, 2020:

Cats love a small cozy space. We once unknowingly took our cat on a fishing trip when she climbed into the storage port on our trailer.