Here’s a cautionary tale about leaving washing machine and dryer doors open.
Ashlea Boon of Somerset, England left her dryer open and Fudge, her tiny new kitten, hopped inside the machine and curled up on a soft duvet cover for a cat nap.
Boon had no idea Fudge was in there when she switched the dryer on to give the bedding a refresher spin.
Fudge spun with the blanket for a five-minute cycle. When Boon removed it from the dryer, she was horrified to see her tiny kitten collapse lifeless on the floor.
“She was limp and wasn’t moving,” Boon said, according to the British newspaper the Daily Mail. “She was just dead when she came out. She was very limp and just lying on the floor. I was very shocked. It was horrible.”
Boon, a nurse, rubbed Fudge’s belly in an effort to revive her, and she started breathing again. She then rushed Fudge to the vet, who feared the kitten had brain and vision damage. But after being treated for 24 hours and given steroids, Fudge bounced back. She’s doing just fine today.
“It was really emotional and horrible,” Boon said. “I would warn anyone else with pets to be aware when leaving the tumble dryer door open.”