updated 11/16/2011 AT 3:55 PM ET
•originally published 11/17/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
It turns out Scampi the cat, like the shellfish he’s named after, can actually swim.
Well, in an emergency.
Scampi’s owner, Frances Leate of Colchester, England, accidentally trapped the feline in her washing machine recently when she tossed in a load of laundry.
Leate realized the 8-week old kitten was missing as she was sending a text message, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph. She immediately rushed to the machine and saw her little friend flailing as the washer filled with water – but when she turned it off, it took time for the water to drain. Poor Scampi paddled furiously to keep his furry head above the soapy water, which was set at 104 degrees Fahrenheit.