A 12-month old cat named Felix accidentally went through a 35-min cycle in the washing machine and survived to tell the tale. While he suffered great injuries, he's on the road to recovery, and vets are definitely optimistic about this tough cookie!
By, 6 Jul 2019
Felix lives at home with his two kitty siblings and the rest of his human family in Minneapolis, USA.
His cat mum Stefani Carroll-Kirchof always checks the washing machine before she sets it for a spin, knowing that it's a favourite snuggle spot for the furry members of the family.
No one really knows how Felix got in there
But Felix, who has a history of naughty behaviour, must have jumped into the machine while Stefani's back was turned. She then hit the start button and carried on with the rest of her busy morning.
Felix was probably settling in for a nice snooze. Little did he know that his entire kitty world was about to be turned upside down, over and over again, for a non-stop 35-minute cycle.
By the time Stefan discovered what had happened, poor Felix was soaking wet, barely breathing, disoriented, and had bruises all over his little body.
Stefani rushed Felix to the emergency vet, but things weren't looking good for this kitty. Stefani said:
"Upon arrival, Felix had low blood pressure, low heart rate, low oxygen levels, low temperature (we thought, indicative of - he was extremely cold), bruising, and chemical corneal burns, which at the time were causing blindness.”
But this cat is much tougher than he looks and Felix soon began showing signs of recovery. Stefani continued:
"Felix's blood pressure and heart rate have returned to normal, and he has been eating a ton, using his litter box, cuddling with staff and family members, and even gave himself a bath."
Stefani and the rest of the family are now nursing Felix back to full health, but they were struggling to meet the cost of medical bills totalling $10,000!
Help from hundreds of other cat lovers
But thanks to the generosity of the cat-loving community, Stefani raised the money via a GoFund me page.
In fact, the number of donations well exceed the $10,000 target, and all the extra funds were donated to a local animal charity.