JOHANNESBURG - A South African cat emerged washed and rinsed but survived without a scratch after nearly two hours trapped inside a washing machine, The Star newspaper reported Friday.

Karin Bennett, 63, heard muffled meows but searched in vain for her black cat Tabitha for an hour and 45 minutes, until she saw a furry face in the machine’s glass door.

She turned off the power, struggled to open the jammed door, and finally dashed a soaked Tabitha to the vet who treated her for shock and hypothermia.

Tabitha had a little water in her lungs, but was blow-dried and returned home healthy five hours later, The Star said.

Her kitty was not impressed after returning to her Randburg home from the vet. “She turned her back on me totally, like it was my fault that she was washed and rinsed. It could happen to anybody. She must have been sleeping in there,” said Bennett. “I can now see the funny side of it, but you can imagine my shock. It could happen to anybody,” said Bennett. The vet told me she had lost seven of her nine lives,” Bennett added.

Tabitha seemed to forget the ordeal quickly, going back to hiding in unlikely places.