The title of this post might be a little misleading. I would never put a cat in a washer or anything. :::Rocky breathes a sigh of relief:::: What I really meant was that they should make front loading washers with cats in mind. I suppose you know that many people have trouble with that nasty sour and musty smell in them because they close the door when the machine is not in use. Mildew and mold build up and create the odor.
Now, the simple solution would be to just leave the door open and let it air out. I even read that the appliance store sales people assure their customers that there are now chemicals (oh boy, just what we need, more chemicals!) in the rubber gasket to eliminate this problem. Sorry, that wouldn't do it for me, and I don't buy it. Literally. But, what if you have a nosy cat who likes to investigate everything? I suppose if you started throwing clothes in the washer the cat would leap out, but who would want to take the chance?