People with pets understand the basic rules of ownership; that is, they own us and we work for them by bringing them food and cleaning up after them.
We humans are happy to engage in this labor for companionship, but what happens when a Roomba becomes their toys?
Not all cats appreciate robotic vacuums. It's critically important to understand this from the cat's perspective.
Here's your cat, perfectly happy in a sunny spot, when along comes a low-riding noise machine that steals the cat’s food they left on the floor for later and then actually knocks into them. No wonder they attack your new robot vacuum!
Cats And Noise
Cats are extremely sensitive to loud noises and sudden, sharp sounds. You can start introducing your cat to the Roomba by working with sound only and keeping your cat in a protected space as they adjust to the noise.
Cats And Vibrations
While cats purr when they're contented, they generally don't care for rattling or bouncing around.
If you've ever traveled with a cat over long distances, you'll note that most of them don't care for the car; vibration and motion can cause nausea in pets.
Luckily the Roomba doesn't get close to the speed limit.
Why do cats like Roombas? Warmth and a free ride. Also, your cat may enjoy feeling another creature purr!
Cats And Warmth
Under power, your Roomba will get warm. Your cat and the Roomba have finally found something on which they agree!
If you've ever held a cat on your lap for a long period of time, you know that they're happy to cuddle up and can stay cozily settled with you for long periods of time.
Teaching The Roomba Who's Boss
When you first fire up your Roomba, don't leave it alone with your pets. Sit down with your cat, preferably on the floor, and start up the Roomba.
When it bumps you, push it away. It will happily wobble off to vacuum elsewhere. When it comes back, push it again. Hopefully the cat will also learn to bat it away, or even sit on it. This is a position of dominance and power.
Running away is power; sitting on the Roomba is ownership.
Another option per pet experts at One Green Planet is to use a stern voice with your Roomba. Talk to it sharply in the presence of your pets, and then change your voice to a soothing tone as you cuddle them and let them know it will be OK.
Conquering Roomba Phobia
It's important to get a handle on any fear your pet has of the Roomba. If your cat really takes a disliking to it, they may urinate on it. Cat urine will not improve the cleanliness of your home, no matter how much you vacuum.
Roomba users indicate that there is minimal battery loss with the weight of a cat, though cats don't appreciate getting knocked off when the Roomba slips under the bed.
Roombas are great tools for humans and playthings for pets when properly introduced. Since many humans are simply pet butlers, it makes sense that our tools be hijacked for the pleasure of our four-footed friends.