Problems And Solutions To Having A Cat And A Roomba
Cats being cats can cause issues with having both a cat and a Roomba Robot Vacuum in the same house. However, there are solutions and fun experiences to go with it.
Can cats break your Roomba Robot Vacuum?
A cat will not break your Roomba or any other robot vacuum for that matter. It might be able to scratch it and ruin some plastic, but it’s extremely unlikely it’ll ruin or break it in any way.
The most vulnerable parts of a robot vacuum are its sensors and cameras. If it has cameras they might be a bit more exposed, you might want to consider a Roomba which uses only lidar or laser to navigate.
The lidar and lasers will not break even if scratched and they a very well protected. Camera lenses are a bit more unprotected and your cat could potentially scratch it if you are very unlucky. I think this is very unlikely, but I guess it could happen.
If you go with any Roomba other than the 900 series, you are home safe. It’s only the 900 series which has cameras built-in for navigation.
Can cat hair ruin a Roomba?
Hair from a cat will not ruin or break your Roomba robot vacuum. It might get stuck and you’ll have to clean it more often. Luckily a Roomba is very easy to clean.
Video of how to clean an iRobot Roomba Vacuum:
Cat hair can be a pain to clean off the trash bin/container of the vacuum if it’s wet or moist. You might also have to change the filter more often, as cat hair also carries a lot of dust. Unfortunately, you cannot wash filters in robot vacuums, they’ll just get ruined.
Once a month or so I take my air compressor and give the whole robot vacuum a good cleaning, including the filters, to get all smaller hairs out. An air compressor works really well.
How does Roombas handle cat puke and hairballs?
A robot vacuum like a Roomba is actually fairly sturdy when it comes to wet stuff or objects.
Puke from a cat will not likely get sucked up easy, so most likely it’ll just run it over. If you are unlucky the wheels will run over the puke, drag it along and get stuck in the wheels. It’ll be a pain to clean out, but it’ll definitely not ruin the Roomba.
To clean the cat puke of I just used paper towels and Windex, but almost anything can do.
How does Roombas handle cat toys?
Very small toys like mice with long tails can possibly get stuck. But it’s very unlikely. The toys have to be very small. The only stuff that will fit under the vacuum or stuff that the vacuum can drive over will potentially get stuck.
A Roomba is typically elevated lower than 1.5 inches to the ground, so anything smaller than that you’ll have to remove from the floor to avoid it getting stuck.
With larger toys, the robot will just push around until it’s clear of it.
Are cats scared of Roombas?
Some cats get scared of loud continuous noises just like the noise a vacuum makes. On top of that, it’s a strange thing moving on its own, almost animal-like. So it’s easy to understand why some cats find them Roombas and other robot vacuums a bit scary.
Luckily most cats easily and quickly get used to the Roomba roaming around cleaning the house. Some even get too comfortable around it and start playing with it, pushing buttons and making it go stuck. Extreme cats even use it as a transport device.
The most annoying thing I’ve experienced is one of my cats who simply refuses to move out of the way. So the Roomba will just continuously bump into her like if she was a wall and then just turn away again. After the Roomba has left her alone she moves of course.
What you should do if your cat is scared of your Roomba
If your cat continues to be scared I have some sound and proven advice for you to try out.
- Secure a high ground for your cat to jump to if she feels scared.
- Try holding her if she makes crying/whiney sounds, this will also give her a higher ground, cats like that.
- Make sure the Roomba can’t get into places, like corners, she usually hides in.
- Try moving your cat into another room and close the door so she can relax while the Roomba does its thing.
Having a cat is like having another personality in the house. You can’t force it to like your Roomba or even accept it’s there. Cats usually don’t like high noises like normal vacuums as well. But usually, they used to them. Also, a robot vacuum like a Roomba is really quiet compared to a normal vacuum so I think most cats will have a much easier time accepting the robot over the normal vacuum.
You’ll definitely be cleaning the robot vacuum more than usual if you have a cat. I’d recommend getting a Roomba with a large container or a Roomba that has a station with an auto dump feature, so you don’t have to empty it as often.
Morten has been working with technology, IoT and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected into this blog to give you relevant and correct information.Read more...