Priskin, an 18-month-old white cat, survived a rigorous wash, rinse and 1,200-rev spin programme virtually unscathed.
His owner, Carol Bishop, 31, was distraught when she went to unload her newly-washed whites and, at the back of the machine, found the family pet.
Priskin, dazzling white with just a smudge of black, came out shaky and bedraggled, but clean as a whisker.
Mrs Bishop, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, said: 'He looked a bit shivery and smelled of Comfort, but the vets said he was fine.
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