Cat falls asleep in washing machine and miraculously survives 12-minute cycle

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A Burmese cat named Oscar miraculously survived a 12-minute cycle in the washing machine after owners didn’t realise he’d fallen asleep inside.

The two-year-old cat had wandered into the washer for a quick nap only to be stuck inside for a gruelling 12 minutes on a hot wash with detergent.

Oscar’s owner, Amanda Meredith, who lives in Mudjimba first realised what had happened when she heard a peculiar meowing sound, after her husband Angelo had loaded their bed sheets into the washer.

Initially Amanda thought the whining was coming from the cupboard, so she went to hang out another load of washing thinking nothing of it.

But when she came back inside and Oscar was no where to be seen, she started frantically searching the house.

That was the moment she realised her furry friend was stuck inside the machine.

She told ABC News : “The poor little cat had his hands on the glass as he was doing the rotations and he was looking at me.

“It was tragic.”

It took a further two minutes after the machine had come to a stop and drained for the door to unlock.

The following six hours were touch and go for the Burmese according to her vet, Dan Capps, who works at Coolum Beach’s Beachside Veterinary Surgery.

Thankfully, Oscar survived the ordeal with only a few bumps and bruises from the hard fins in the machine.

But Dr Dan said incidents like this aren’t unusual, with this not being the first time it has happened.

He explained that during the colder weather it’s normal for cats to try and hide somewhere warm to nap.

Oscar stayed with the vet for 24 hours so that Dr Dan could check up on him.

He was given anti-inflammatories among other medication before Amanda took him home, where she said he slept for what felt like for a full week.

Luckily after a weeks recovery, he’s back to normal.

Although there was no damage done she said that now Oscar often watches the machine as it spins.

She said: “Maybe he has PTSD or something – he has to sit at the door watching the wash cycle.”