This is Leo, a 16 month-old domestic short-hair cat, who is lovingly referred to by her mom as "Weeeo." According to her mom, "Leo is my very best friend." Imagine how distraught her mom was when she realized that, because of the cooler weather, Leo had been tumbling around the dryer for at least 10 minutes before she stopped it!
Don’t judge, or laugh, a quick Google search will turn up loads of articles about cats who find their way into a dryer during the colder months for warmth. After all, we often hear stories about cats who climb into the engine of vehicles to get warm. The best way to prevent a clothes dryer accident with your favorite feline is to check inside before you start the dryer; even consider banging on it a few times to startle someone inside. If your cat is in the dryer when it's running, you may not hear your cat meowing or crying out while it’s running, either; they may be too disoriented. But, you would hear a loud thud, like a pair of tennis shoes, as their body moves inside the dryer.
If your cat is ever caught in the dryer, bring them to the vet as they may have a head injury, severe bruises or even burns from the heat. If your cat has a head injury, she may lose consciousness or have seizures, be unable to walk a straight line (or seem drunk), may cry out a lot, and the pupils of her eyes may be unequal in size. If your cat shows any of these sings, get her to a vet immediately.
Leo’s mom recently lost her job and is in the process of trying to find another one when this happened. Her mom has come into some very hard times recently, and the thought of losing her best friend was too much for her to handle. But she knew Leo needed to be to a vet immediately, so she applied to Fur Kids Foundation. We are happy to report that Leo spent a few days at the vet, but she’s back at home doing well.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% ran by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. You can see a list of those who support us on our Supporters page. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!