Cat Safety: Clothes Dryers

Cats love cozy hiding places, and a clothes dryer filled with warm freshly-laundered clothes is doubly irresistible to cats. Sadly, clothes dryers pose a serious danger to cats, or any animal that unwittingly chooses the dryer as a hiding spot.  It only takes a moment of inattention on your part for a cat to silently sneak into your clothes dryer, and should the occupied dryer be turned on, your cat can suffer serious burns, heat stroke, internal injuries, broken bones, and even death.  Luckily, it is easy to ensure this tragedy doesn’t happen to your cat by taking these simple precautions:

  • Keep the door to your laundry room closed and don’t use the laundry room for your cat’s litter box, food and water, etc.
  • Always leave the dryer door tightly closed when not in use.
  • Always check your dryer before loading the clothes, and before turning on the dryer.
  • Check your clothes hamper before dumping it directly into your washing machine.
  • Make sure all family members are aware of these rules.

While cats are less likely to seek shelter inside the washing machine, you should also take a quick peek for any stowaways before starting the washer, too. If you have a cat that especially seeks out warm, dark hiding places, provide a cat-friendly alternative hideout for your feline friend.  Even a box that you line with a soft blanket and place in a secure, out of the way place will be greatly appreciated by most cats.

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Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the Outreach Specialist at 1-800-PetMeds® and works with the 1-800-PetMeds Cares donations program. She has loved animals as long as she can remember and has worked in several veterinary offices in the past as a veterinary technician. She has one cat, Kitsy, and frequently fosters kittens for a local rescue group. You can also find Erin on Google+.

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