Aby-a-Day – December 30: I like to Roomba, Roomba, Roomba

Every year, the house gets a Christmas present. This year, it was so large it needed to be wrapped in two of those giant blue bags you get from IKEA!

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Jacoby was very interested in this mysterious package!

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He was also a little miffed when we didn’t open it right away so he could see what was inside.

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“HEY!!! Will someone unwrap this, please!? I’m dyin’ over here!”

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And look what it was! An iRobot Pet Series 562 Roomba!

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Jake was, if anything, more interested in this new machine out of the box than he was when it was still boxed up!

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He examined it thoroughly, as only an Aby can.

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He gave it far more than the third degree (There is a fifth degree, beyond that which is known to man…you’ve just crossed over into The Aby Zone).

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He practically did handstands trying to look at the Roomba’s undercarriage!

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However, when the Roomba was fully charged and started doing its job, Jake wasn’t quite as fearless as he usually is.

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In general, I’ve found that Abys aren’t typically afraid of vacuum cleaners; they seem less intimidated by them than the other cats are. Even Angel holds her ground against a running vacuum.

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It must be the fact that it is self-propelling, rather than being moved by a human.

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The way it swept around the kitchen seemed to unnerve Jake somewhat…and Jake is not a cat who unnerves easily. It was interesting to watch.

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And now, the $64,000 question, which I know you’re all dying to know: “Did Jake ride the Roomba?”

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And, sadly, while there are cats who love riding Roombas, Jake does not seem to want to be one of those cats.

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(And, yes, I was a little disappointed…I had high hopes of a “Jake and the Roomba” video, if I am to be completely honest.)

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Finally, Jake decided the safest place to watch the Roomba was up off the floor where it couldn’t get him.

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I guess it’ll take some getting used to. This should be interesting!