Laundry is an inevitable fact of life. And the longer we wait to do it the faster it piles up. Most of us have the standard hard plastic laundry baskets sitting around our homes. But when it comes to moving from room to room, those aren’t always the easiest to carry. Because of this, many of us opt to purchase mesh pop-up laundry baskets. As a cat owner, I’m sure you’ve seen your cat take interest in laundry baskets. There’s something about the warm clothes and the basket “box” that draws them right to it. (And we know that the open door of a washing machine or dryer is tempting to so we must always check before starting a load.)
But for one cat owner named Anne, her kitten nearly lost his life from one of these mesh laundry baskets.
She reached out to share her kitten’s survival story hoping to inspire others to throw these baskets in the trash ASAP. If you’re a cat owner and you have one of these mesh baskets in your home, please keep reading. And don’t forget to pass this on to other cat owners, it can help save a life.
Here is her story below that I wrote for ColeandMarmalade.com. Anne was kind enough to allow me to share it with her permission. She is hoping that by doing so other cat owners can prevent this from happening to their feline friends.
Everyone knows that cats are naturally curious little beings. And this is especially true in the case of playful kittens. Anne and her husband currently have four active kittens in their care. While they were home and the kittens were wandering around, Anne heard a quiet little bang coming from the laundry room.
Normally she wouldn’t think anything of it, but something in her mind told her to go check and see what the little commotion was about. Anne knows kittens are always getting into mischief, so she thought it best to go and assess the little situation.
She was grateful that she went with her instincts, because immediately upon walking into her laundry room she was sent into panic.
One of the boy kittens named Indi had somehow managed to get a handle from the popup laundry basket twisted around his neck. Acting quickly, Anne screamed to her husband who was in the other room in “blind sheer panic.”
Her husband shot up and ran to help the poor kitten whose neck was so tightly wound Anne could not even get one finger underneath the loop.
Indi was fighting for his life as it was clear he was unable to breathe, his body going limp. Her husband tried ripping it off with his bare hands while Anne raced to the kitchen to fetch the scissors.
Anne says that, “It was touch and go but my husband finally cut Indi free.”
Poor Indi was immediately rushed into the veterinarian’s office. He was having difficulty breathing and his throat suffered injuries. Anne and her husband were both visibly upset upon arrival but equally relieved that their kitten made it through the terrifying ordeal.
For many pet owners, we often do not realize the many hidden dangers sitting right in our homes.
In the case of Indi, his fate would have been much different should his cat mom and dad not have been home. Let this be a warning to you to throw out such types of laundry baskets should you have curious cats in your homes. Pediatricians have also warned of their dangers for parents of young children.
We can never be too safe when it comes to our feline friends. Share this with other cat owners that you know to prevent tragic accidents from happening. And a special thank you to Anne for sharing her story so that others can be safe. These laundry baskets are certainly “a household item that appears innocent turned into a death trap.”