Roomba: the anti-cat.

December 20, 2010

Despite having full knowledge of the dangers of each, I have for years wanted both cat and a Roomba vacuming robot, for very different reasons. In the last year I had the opportunity to cat-sit  for a couple months, and recently received a Roomba as a gift. Having now lived with each of the two creatures (but not both, sadly), I can resolutely call the Roomba vacuming robot the antithesis of nearly everything that is a cat–for better or worse.

 

roomba

Roomba

 

 

cat

Cat

 

When it needs something, it does nothing. When it needs something, it makes sure I focus on nothing else.
Charmingly subordinate Charmingly insubordinate.
Feels horrible on my lap. Feels comfy on my lap.
Resolutely avoids places it can’t easily get to. Resolutely invades places it can’t easily get to.
Particularly adept at cleaning messes. Particularly adept at making messes.
Obsessively cleans everything but itself. Obsessively cleans only itself.
Cleans all of it’s owners’ dirt. Treats its owners like dirt.
Smacks into walls until it runs out of batteries. Prowls silently and patiently until it gets bored.
Has no hair, and removes it from everywhere. Covered in hair, and leaves it everywhere.
If it were just a bit smarter, it would be the ultimate household slave. If it were just a bit smarter, it would probably kill and eat me.

If only I could combine them into one thing…wait, that’s probably not a good idea.

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