By Hannah McFadyen
A lucky cat managed to survive a brush with death after becoming trapped in a washing machine for a 30 minutes cycle.
Owner Rae Sutton, 72, amazingly managed to bring the moggy back to after she gave him the kiss of life.
She had been unaware nine-month old Tiggy had nipped into the machine and found his lifeless body out amongst the clothes after the cycle.
But incredibly the little black cat started to breathe again after Rae performed mouth-to-mouth on him from her living room sofa.
As soon as Tiggy started to breathe again, he was rushed to the local vets by Rae and her husband John, 64, where he was given oxygen.
Just three hours later Tiggy was awake and almost back to normal and the couple took him back home to recover.
Rae, from Bilston, West Midlands, Said: “He’s grounded from now on, I’m not letting him out of my sight again.
“I thought I’d lost him, he was dead when I pulled him out, I was hysterical, I ran outside screaming before sitting down on the sofa with him in my arms.
“Then I saw his mouth drop open and I began to give him mouth-to-mouth, gently, while massaging his stomach.
“It went on for around 20 minutes. Then, all of a sudden, his stomach started going up and down.
“I went mad and called up John my husband and we went to the vets.
“They put an oxygen mask over him and we were told to come back in two hours – we did and they said we could take him home, it is unbelievable.”
Rae and her husband John own seven cats: Tiggy, Socks, Ozzy, Bella, Mitzie, Lucy and Jessy – all of which are rescued, except Tiggy, who was given to the couple by their neighbours.
Little Tiggy, a domestic short-haired breed, is now recovering at home from head injuries, swelling and bruising.
Mrs Sutton, who was a first aider at Arthur Shaw & Company in Willenhall, said: “I think there should be some kind of warning of washing machines to stop this happening.
“Maybe a sticker reminding people to take care when animals are about.”
Steve Mullender , the owner of the Bilston Vetinary Clinic – where Tiggy was taken said: “It is a miracle. It is a lesson for people that cats like going into small places to hide.
“To be in the washing machine cycle, with the heat, toxins and movement, it is very dangerous.”