Source: News24 (Extract)
Posted: July 15, 2021

The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS) has warned pet owners to be extra vigilant with their pets after a cat found its way into a tumble dryer.

The incident happened in Hanover Park last Wednesday, when the cat’s owner accidentally locked it in the tumble dryer for about 10 minutes.

By the time she noticed that her beloved cat was frantically trying to escape, it was almost too late. She ended up rushing it to the AWS.

According to AWS, the cat had climbed into the dryer looking for warmth when the owner accidentally switched the dryer on.

According to the AWS, this was not the first time that cats were being brought into the shelter under these conditions. 

Perrins said during winter, pets craved a warm and draft-free place to sleep.

“We have rescued and treated many who were found stuck in washing machines and under car bonnets.”

Another pet owner who went through a similar ordeal, Liza Callian, said she had to take both her cats to the AWS in Stellenbosch recently after they sustained extensive burns.

“It’s the most heart palpitation moment ever! I had thrown my clothing into the dryer and did not bother checking inside before switching it on.”

Callian added only after five minutes, when she had wanted to put in more clothes, did she notice the cat’s faces turning around inside the dryer and panicked.

“I shudder to think what would’ve happened had I not come back to throw more clothes inside the dryer.”

The AWS said this was common among cats as they found unusual spots to lie in when seeking warmth.

It added: You would be forgiven for thinking that this is an isolated incident but every winter we see a lot of similar cases.

Another pet owner, Jackson Sithole, said he was grateful his furry friend, Tom, of seven years managed to escape unharmed from his tumble dryer.

“These animals give me stress,” he added.

According to Sithole, his cat was spinning inside his tumble dryer for just under five minutes when he noticed him.

Luckily, he managed to escape with minor burns on his belly and ear.

“We are calling on pet owners to be constantly aware of the whereabouts of their pets, especially cats and kittens which are instinctively inquisitive, adorably mischievous, and love nothing more than to seek out a cosy place to rest – sometimes to their detriment,” Perrins stressed.