Photos show Oregon cat being rescued after becoming trapped in a dishwasher rack

This is a very unusual case of a cat being stuck and unable to free itself. I’ve reported on and read a lot of ‘cat stuck’ situations but this is the first I’ve heard of a cat becoming trapped in a dishwasher rack.

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cat trapped in dishwasher (Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596)
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Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596 in Phoenix, Oregon reported on their Facebook Community page last Tuesday.

“IAFF Local 2596 crews were called out to an unusual rescue this morning. A district resident reported that a curious kitten had become trapped in a dish washer rack and they were unable to free it.

Firefighters used some webbing and a wooden spoon to place upward force on the rack and free the kitty. We are happy to report a purrrrrfect outcome to the situation.”

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cat during rescue (Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596)

Firefighters arrived Tuesday morning (October 15) to find the cat with it’s head stuck in the lower rack of a dishwasher. Captain Brian Bolstad said during an interview with KOBI5 News

“Occasionally we will get calls for an animal rescue and they are a pleasant relief from our usual calls. Usually positive results, usually the folks are very happy that we can assist them.”

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spoon used to help rescue cat (IAFF Local 2596)

This is the first rescue of a cat being stuck in a dishwasher. Their usual cat rescue adventures involve cats stuck in trees.

Cats are like mischievous toddlers and tend to get into trouble in the strangest ways. Anyone with a cat is urged to look around their home for dangerous curiosités since cats are very good at getting into trouble while exploring.

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Thanks go out to the department for calling attention to yet another dangerous situation cats can get into.

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