Phoenix the cat from Arundel survives tumble dryer trip

The Argus: Phoenix the cat from Arundel survives tumble dryer trip Phoenix the cat from Arundel survives tumble dryer trip

A cat called Phoenix has risen from the flames after surviving a 20 minute spin – in a tumble dryer.

The plucky pet climbed into the machine, which was then filled with bedding that needed to be dried.

Phoenix’s owner’s mum Deryn De Temple was unaware the seven-month-old feline was inside the drum and put the Creda Simplicity washing machine on a hot spin.

Phoenix spent 20 minutes being tossed about at high temperature until Deryn opened the door – and the frazzled moggy tumbled |out.


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The black cat was close to death when he was rushed to the vets but after just six days he was allowed home after making a “miraculous” recovery.

Tough Phoenix suffered mild burns to most of his body and had ten times the normal potassium levels caused by the extreme heat exposure during the spin cycle.

Owner Elfie De Temple, 17, of Arundel, said: “When he came out of the dryer he looked like he had inhaled nerve gas – he was convulsing and having spasms. I feel terrible.

“I think Phoenix has forgiven me, though – he gave me a cuddle last night.

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“I'll never be able to forgive myself.”

Vet Annette Moyart said: “We were at the point of putting him to sleep when he came in. We had to pull out all the stops to save him.

“Cats like crawling inside dark places like piles of clothes, tumble dryers or even ovens, and if they are hiding they won’t purr when disturbed. It’s always best for cat owners to just give a quick check to make sure their pet isn’t inside any household appliance before turning them on.”

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10:53am Fri 13 Dec 13

JerryOnly says...

Poor kitty! Oh well, that's eight lives left now. ;)

Unhappy accident, but sure cat owners will check their machines a little closer for it!
Poor kitty! Oh well, that's eight lives left now. ;) Unhappy accident, but sure cat owners will check their machines a little closer for it! JerryOnly

12:01pm Fri 13 Dec 13

KarenT says...

Great that kitty is OK! EVERYONE always CHECK the clothes before you start the washer or dryer if you have a cat!!!
Great that kitty is OK! EVERYONE always CHECK the clothes before you start the washer or dryer if you have a cat!!! KarenT

1:53pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

Should I check the microwave as well, since I own a hamster and a poodle?
Should I check the microwave as well, since I own a hamster and a poodle? Goldenwight

2:48pm Fri 13 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

The pet elephant has tried but failed to sleep in the washing machine.
The pet elephant has tried but failed to sleep in the washing machine. The Prophet of Doom

6:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

This can easily be prevented by never leaving the doors of washing machines, tumble driers or ovens open between uses.
This can easily be prevented by never leaving the doors of washing machines, tumble driers or ovens open between uses. mimseycal

4:15am Mon 23 Dec 13

frivolity says...

How stupid of you to ask if this story made you chuckle! What's so funny about a cat suffering so much pain and distress.
How stupid of you to ask if this story made you chuckle! What's so funny about a cat suffering so much pain and distress. frivolity

8:07am Thu 2 Jan 14

Juleyanne says...

Cats can get into just about anywhere, small drawers so always check anything that closes including sheds (a favourite of cats) and garages even under idle cars. They have been known to climb up from under the car
to sleep near warm engines and drivers have unknowingly transported cats
to other counties. Vans and trucks that leave doors open whilst they
deliver or perform business services should do a quick check that a feline passenger hasn't boarded before leaving. It is more common than many realise!
Cats can get into just about anywhere, small drawers so always check anything that closes including sheds (a favourite of cats) and garages even under idle cars. They have been known to climb up from under the car to sleep near warm engines and drivers have unknowingly transported cats to other counties. Vans and trucks that leave doors open whilst they deliver or perform business services should do a quick check that a feline passenger hasn't boarded before leaving. It is more common than many realise! Juleyanne

1:23pm Sun 5 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

If I was a bit younger, I'd take that Elfie to a dinner and dance!
If I was a bit younger, I'd take that Elfie to a dinner and dance! LeonBIank666

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