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Old 07-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #21
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This is interesting. We do have pets including 4 indoor cats one of which is a light colored ragdoll and so I can constantly see little balls of hair on our dark wood flooring which we've had for about 6 months. I've always thought the Roomba wasn't worth it but it might be nice for our hall and the main rooms.
If nothing else, it'll make a nice (albeit expensive) toy for your cats.

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You don't want to experience coming home to a house where the dog had diarrhea and the Roomba spread it all over the house. Take my word for it.
Thanks for that image...
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If nothing else, it'll make a nice (albeit expensive) toy for your cats.

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I love it. The other day I found a Slinky toy that my son used when he was small. My ragdoll is terrified of it. I can't imagine how nuts he would go with a Roomba.....
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I love it. The other day I found a Slinky toy that my son used when he was small. My ragdoll is terrified of it. I can't imagine how nuts he would go with a Roomba.....
IME introducing new stuff to pets, it usually (but not always) has to do with how it's introduced. When I introduced ol' furrybutt to a PediPaws, it was very slowly -- as a toy -- never came near his feet the first few times. He has no fear or anxiety about it; it's a fun activity. OTOH, some things we've actually made scary events to keep pets away for their own safety.

As can be seen from various videos of cats vs Roombas, some are scared/leary of them -- others come right up and ride on them. Just decide ahead of time how you want your pets to relate to an item, think it through, and proceed from there. Some folks have written articles or made videos on how to introduce pets to various items (or not).

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Do they make one with a small bulldozer blade on the front?

That would be more appropriate for my housekeeping needs.
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Do they make one with a small bulldozer blade on the front?

That would be more appropriate for my housekeeping needs.
I'd bet there is an opportunity here if you are interested in developing and marketing special attachments.
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I'd bet there is an opportunity here if you are interested in developing and marketing special attachments.
Hacking Roomba (mostly software hacks)

and then there's this:



Or, for a few (thousand) dollars more, there's

http://www.fastcompany.com/biomimicr...eet-ship-shape
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I've had a Mint for about 18 months. I have engineered hardwood in the dining room and entry way, so 5-6 days a week the Mint does its thing for about 40 minutes, I change the duster pad and put it away until the next day. As someone else said, it does have a short battery life, but I love the fact that it bangs around under my dining room table, meticulously going around every single chair leg under there.

I love it. If it breaks, I'd get another, if that gives you any perspective.
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