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post #31 of 42
Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear that story. A million hugs to the poor woman, I do hope she is able to forgive herself for what happened.

Another possible danger to keep in mind is the fridge. If an animal gets shut in there they can suffocate as it's a sealed chamber and minimal fresh air can get into it. Obviously this takes a certain amount of time so *hopefully* someone will become aware of their missing kitty before anything bad happens, but please keep it in mind.

My Mother had a scare with one of her first cats in the fridge. She was cleaning it out and left to go grocery shopping, and when she went to put the new groceries in an hour or so later, the cat was in there. Apparently she was all groggy and disoriented but thankfully suffered no ill effects.
post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
On a side note........I feel really bad about the bengal that died in the dryer, and it's just unbelievably painful to imagine the suffering that cat went through, but I am really very thankful that it wasn't one from our cattery.
My wife and I went through a huge range of emotions when a client of ours reported back a week after taking a kitten home, that her husband had crushed and asphyxiated the kitten on the sofa while he napped, because apparently the kitten had snuggled between him and the sofa back and he rolled over. How that can happen to a 12 week old kitten, I can't quite get my brain to accept........but........
That's not a good place or feeling for a breeder when that stuff happens.

The breeder of the kitten/cat that perished in the dryer has offered to replace the kitten at no cost. I think that says something very positive about where breeders hearts are in this whole breeding thing.
I don't want to sound uncompassionate about these situations towards the owner, but these are children, if you are not use to the precautions needed to protect them, then you insure your awareness of their needs. If these situations happened to a human child, there would be severe penalties, these are lives that have traumatically been taken. Once again, do not want to sound unsympathetic.........................
post #33 of 42
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I don't want to sound uncompassionate about these situations towards the owner, but these are children, if you are not use to the precautions needed to protect them, then you insure your awareness of their needs. If these situations happened to a human child, there would be severe penalties, these are lives that have traumatically been taken. Once again, do not want to sound unsympathetic.........................

Sorry, I just can't agree with this.
Cats are not children, even though we may like to look upon them as such and love them as such, they are never the less, pets, companion animals, friends.
I also disagree about the severe penalities if it were a child involved. This dryer scenario couldn't take place without a parent knowingly putting the child in the dryer. That would amount to murder. Not what we have here, with a cat somehow sneaking in.
Accidents do happen, it's a fact. People aren't perfect. Not everyone should be punished by the gov't. for making a mistake.
post #34 of 42
i can only kind of skim this thread because it is making me too sad. . .i'm glad it wasn't one of your cats Nial.
post #35 of 42
how big is her washing machine?
pillo used to have a habit of climbing into the washing machine. but i could never miss her if she was in there.
maybe our washing machine is rather small and we fill our washing machine more than half. if my cat was in there then she would have gotten out because she was covered with clothes.
Do you mean her cat was trapped in the clothes?
post #36 of 42
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how big is her washing machine?
pillo used to have a habit of climbing into the washing machine. but i could never miss her if she was in there.
maybe our washing machine is rather small and we fill our washing machine more than half. if my cat was in there then she would have gotten out because she was covered with clothes.
Do you mean her cat was trapped in the clothes?
I think the cat jumped into the dryer at some point. I don't think kitty was ever in the washer.
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
Sorry, I just can't agree with this.
Cats are not children, even though we may like to look upon them as such and love them as such, they are never the less, pets, companion animals, friends.
I also disagree about the severe penalities if it were a child involved. This dryer scenario couldn't take place without a parent knowingly putting the child in the dryer. That would amount to murder. Not what we have here, with a cat somehow sneaking in.
Accidents do happen, it's a fact. People aren't perfect. Not everyone should be punished by the gov't. for making a mistake.
It has happened, just to point out.......
CPSC Warning: Freezer, Dryer, Cooler and Refrigerator Entrapment Deaths to Children
CPSC Document #5073
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received reports of numerous suffocation deaths involving children who crawled inside latch type freezers, clothes dryers, combination washer/dryer units, picnic coolers, ice boxes in campers, and old-style latch type refrigerators. Most of the victims were four to seven years old. In all cases, the doors could not be easily pushed open from the inside. In some of the incidents associated with clothes dryers, the appliance was accidentally turned on while the child was inside.

Frequently, the children were playing "hide-and-seek" and the appliance or chest provided a deceptively good place to hide. When the door slammed shut, the tight fitting gasket on most of the appliances cut off air to the child. This, along with the insulated construction of the appliance, also prevented the child’s screams from being heard. But abandoned appliances are not the only items involved with accidents like these. Entrapment deaths have been reported in products in use or stored in the kitchen, laundry room, basement, or garage. Deaths also have occurred in ice boxes located in campers parked outside the home.
Article I found.....
But really want to tell you that your Bengals are beautiful!
post #38 of 42
OMG I just saw this..how awful RIP little bengal baby. Thank you for the reminder.
post #39 of 42
Words can't even describle how I feel reading about this thread. My heart goes out to the woman who lost her sweet bengal. I would never ever be able to forgive myself if something like that happened. Cats (dogs, etc.) are in respect like children just by the fact that constantly have to be watched.
I'm so glad Max is ok! I know that must have been beyond devastation! My heart just breaks to read how they suffer in that situation. I hope with time and support she is able to somehow recover from this.
post #40 of 42
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Words can't even describle how I feel reading about this thread. My heart goes out to the woman who lost her sweet bengal. I would never ever be able to forgive myself if something like that happened. Cats (dogs, etc.) are in respect like children just by the fact that constantly have to be watched.
I'm so glad Max is ok! I know that must have been beyond devastation! My heart just breaks to read how they suffer in that situation. I hope with time and support she is able to somehow recover from this.
This is how I feel and what I was trying to say. She must feel so horrible and that is a tragic way to loose a loved one. Also reading about the kitten who was asphyxiated by the guy who was sleeping, yes an accident, though that is a horrible way to die.........Take in a life, you protect it, aware at all times of its presence, especially a kitten! Of course they are going to want to snuggle up to sleep, they don't have mom anymore......
post #41 of 42
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
I don't want to sound uncompassionate about these situations towards the owner, but these are children, if you are not use to the precautions needed to protect them, then you insure your awareness of their needs. If these situations happened to a human child, there would be severe penalties, these are lives that have traumatically been taken. Once again, do not want to sound unsympathetic.........................
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
Sorry, I just can't agree with this.
Cats are not children, even though we may like to look upon them as such and love them as such, they are never the less, pets, companion animals, friends.
I also disagree about the severe penalities if it were a child involved. This dryer scenario couldn't take place without a parent knowingly putting the child in the dryer. That would amount to murder. Not what we have here, with a cat somehow sneaking in.
Accidents do happen, it's a fact. People aren't perfect. Not everyone should be punished by the gov't. for making a mistake.
There are afew very good points here
But maybe this should be discussed in IMO where people can have a discussion about the subject...



I cannot begin to understand the guilt and pain this poor woman is going through

I know IF and thats a very big if...That happened to me...(and It nearly did one time
with one of our puppies in a washing machine)....I know I could never live with the
guilt of knowing I hadn't checked and knowing I killed one of my babies
I know I couldn't live with myself.
post #42 of 42
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
It has happened, just to point out.......
CPSC Warning: Freezer, Dryer, Cooler and Refrigerator Entrapment Deaths to Children
CPSC Document #5073
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received reports of numerous suffocation deaths involving children who crawled inside latch type freezers, clothes dryers, combination washer/dryer units, picnic coolers, ice boxes in campers, and old-style latch type refrigerators. Most of the victims were four to seven years old. In all cases, the doors could not be easily pushed open from the inside. In some of the incidents associated with clothes dryers, the appliance was accidentally turned on while the child was inside.

Frequently, the children were playing "hide-and-seek" and the appliance or chest provided a deceptively good place to hide. When the door slammed shut, the tight fitting gasket on most of the appliances cut off air to the child. This, along with the insulated construction of the appliance, also prevented the child’s screams from being heard. But abandoned appliances are not the only items involved with accidents like these. Entrapment deaths have been reported in products in use or stored in the kitchen, laundry room, basement, or garage. Deaths also have occurred in ice boxes located in campers parked outside the home.
Article I found.....
But really want to tell you that your Bengals are beautiful!

I hadn't thought of the hide & seek situation. It's been awhile since I've had kids that young around.
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