Oh, I’m not against washing cats per se. My roommate in Florida used to take her cat into the shower with her, and, judging from the lack of scratches on her bod, he didn’t mind it at all; she said he really enjoyed it. And I understand if cats get stinked up it may be necessary.
It’s just that none of the cats in my family ever needed a bath.
It must be their good upbringing.
Anyway, back to the idiots who designed that machine - clearly the cat is stressed way beyond anything acceptable, and he or she should be cleaned in a more appropriate manner. (To clean up some of our animals, we lightly spray them with baby powder then wipe them down with a baby wet wipe. They come out of it looking, smelling, and feeling lovely and ‘just bathed’, and it doesn’t stress them out any more than being cuddled.)
I’ve seen the drier-type versions of this machine in use, and they too give me cause for concern: How hot must it get in there? How difficult is it to breathe? How stressful is it to be confined in a box of hot streams of air?
Idiots. And I hope the owners of that cat sued.