A cat which fell asleep in a washing machine survived a 60-minute cycle at 40C.

Toreilles had sneaked into a neighbour's house looking for a warm spot, reports the Daily Mirror.

The 15-month-old tabby is now recovering at an animal hospital after escaping with minor injuries.

Owner Debbie Sainsbury, 44, said: "Apparently he just dropped out when the door opened.

"He couldn't walk but was purring and very much alive - now he's looking better every day.

"I think he definitely lost one his nine lives - he's a very lucky cat."