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When the time came for Jennifer Liotino of Mooresville, North Carolina, and her family to look for a new pet, she came across a 12-week-old Siberian and decided this would be the perfect companion for them and their mixed breed dog, Henry. Named “Sugar Cookie” by Jennifer’s kids, the cat has made a sweet and loving home with the Liotino family. However, one Saturday evening caused quite a scare when a load of laundry turned into hide and seek for the family cat, who was heard meowing from the dryer. Sugar Cookie’s fluffy dryer cycle ride and quick recovery have earned her the title of January’s “Most Unusual Claim of the Month” by Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance.
Sugar Cookie fit in well with the entire family and had extraordinary luck, up until the night of the incident. It was a Saturday night, and Jennifer found herself at home tidying up the house and doing laundry. In the middle of folding clothes, Jennifer took a quick break to work on something else, and put the remaining clothes to be folded back in the dryer. Jennifer set the dryer on a quick fluff cycle and went to complete her other task. Minutes later, Jennifer heard meowing coming from somewhere she thought to be the pantry.
Jennifer went to the kitchen pantry to look for Sugar Cookie, but there was no sign of her. After a few more meows, Jennifer realized where the sounds were coming from and rushed to the dryer. When Jennifer retrieved Sugar Cookie from the dryer her coat was very hot and her hair were sticking straight up. Unsure of what to do next, Jennifer took Sugar Cookie outside to cool off and immediately called an emergency veterinarian who recommended she bring Sugar Cookie to the veterinary emergency hospital.
Sugar Cookie was taken to Carolina Veterinary Specialists of Huntersville, North Carolina, where she was put on an IV for dehydration and had several tests performed, including bloodwork. Luckily for Sugar Cookie, her results came back normal and she was released to go home with a recommendation of close monitoring.
Since the traumatic event, Sugar Cookie has returned to her normal self, but finds herself staying away from the dryer.
“The service we received at Carolina Veterinary Specialists was excellent. They examined her immediately,” said Jennifer. “I recommend pet insurance to everyone. You never know what can happen to your pets, especially with your indoor pets.”