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Kitten survives 35-minute wash cycle

Natasha, a 6-month-old Siberian cat, already has a harrowing tale.

By Vetstreet Feb 1, 2013 5:31PM

Last month, Natasha's owner’s roommate was loading the washing machine, and left the room for a few minutes to grab more clothes. He didn’t realize that in the meantime, the kitten had jumped into the machine.

She accidentally went through an entire 35-minute wash cycle. After realizing what happened, her owner, Daryl Humdy, from Oakland, Calif., rushed her to an emergency animal hospital, where the frightened kitten was treated for severe hypothermia and shock.

Photo: Matthew Ward/Getty ImagesNatasha has since made a full recovery, and the veterinarian says she was the most pleasant-smelling pet the team had ever treated.

— Read it at DVM 360

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