Colorado Woman Warns Families About Washing Machines After Daughter Almost Got Caught Inside

Cat survives trip in washing machine cycle, needs oxygen machine for recovery

A cat was left sick, concussed and temporarily blind after a trip in a washing machine spin cycle, needing the help of an oxygen machine to breathe.        

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Minnesota woman Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff was doing an extra-large load of laundry and forgot to close the door to the washing machine while folding clothes.          

Immediately after running another wash, she noticed a little paw sticking out of the washing machine drum: It belonged to her one-year-old tabby kitty, Felix.          

“He’s lovable, but he does get himself into trouble," said Carroll-Kirchoff to the  Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Felix was found with bruises on his body, wrote Carroll-Kirchoff's daughter, Asha Caroll Mccullough, in a GoFundMe page for Felix's recovery. Immediately after finding him, Caroll-Kirchoff took him to the emergency veterinarian.          

"His heart rate and blood pressure dropped upon arrival, and it is suspected that he has hypothermia," wrote Carroll Mccullough.

After concerns that he wouldn't survive the traumatic accident, Felix is recovering from pneumonia, a concussion and temporary blindness caused by his run-in with the washing machine.          

Part of the recovery process requires him to be connected to an oxygen machine, as there is still water in Felix's lungs. 

So far, the family has raised nearly $13,000 of its $15,000 GoFundMe goal to raise funds to cover the costs of care.

Fortunately, Carroll-Kirchoff chose the express wash, she told the Pioneer Press. It takes less time and might have just saved Felix's life.      

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