Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Vacuum Cleaning The Cat

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Okay, this is truly strange .. have you ever met a housecat that tolerates even being in the same room with a vacuum? Well, this cat not only remains in the same room but she even allows her owner to vacuum her! [1:19].

Comments

  1. #1 Leni
    May 30, 2007

    LOL! That is so freaking cute. I wish my cat (who is also big and fat and white and hairy) would let me do that.

    It would be nice to waer black clothes again.

  2. #2 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    May 30, 2007
  3. #3 Rob Knop
    May 30, 2007

    I guess if you feed your cat well enough, you can teach it to learn to like *anything*… :)

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    May 30, 2007

    Thar’ she blows! I never knew whales could be so hairy.

    Bob

  5. #5 Chris' Wills
    May 30, 2007

    Ahh!
    I am a sucker for puddy cats :o)

  6. #6 Max Kaehn
    May 30, 2007

    Many blue-eyed white cats are deaf; I didn’t catch the eye color, but I wonder if this one is? The only cat I ever knew who enjoyed being vacuumed was a long-haired tabby who was in a house that had central vacuuming, so all the noise was in the basement.

  7. #7 arby
    May 30, 2007

    I’ve had several cats in the past that were vacuumable. One would plop herself down on the floor in front of the vacuum head to impede me until I used the hose to give her a good going over. She fought the impulse to attack the hose by extending her claws into the carpet, and locking her feet in place. She would’t allow her belly to be done, but I’ve had several others who loved it.
    I’ve found one way to “train” a cat to the vacuum, but it requires a cat that doesn’t flee as soon as you get the vacuum out. Just simple acclimation, and catching the cat on an especially lazy, sleepy day. Neither of my current cats are candidates for this mehtod, however. I miss it. rb

  8. #8 arby
    May 30, 2007

    It also helps to use the ‘drapery’ setting, the vacuum release slider on the handle or hose, so’s you don’t get a cat stuck on the end of hose. You end up with more fur on the carpet than you started with, when you have a cat stuck on the end. rb

  9. #9 Library Diva
    May 30, 2007

    I wish my cats would let me do that. It would certainly be faster than vaccuuming the entire apartment! My white cat runs and hides, though, whereas my black cat will sometimes stand his ground, puff up and attempt to hiss the vaccuum into oblivion.

    One quirk of my white cat, though: she likes water. She sits on the edge of the tub while I take showers, and hops in the minute I turn off the water. One time, she ran through there while the water was on. She loves it when I water my plants. She runs from plant to plant. I water her at the same time, and she loves that too. She’s a strange one.

    Max, I think the thing about blue-eyed white cats being deaf is a myth, or at least an exaggeration. The cat I mentioned above hears all; in fact, I talk to her as much as I can because she like shte sound of my voice so much. I talked about this on a pet owners’ discussion group once and others said the same thing. There may be a link, but it’s certainly not absolute.

  10. #10 JPS
    May 31, 2007

    I checked the video on youtube and the owners said the cat has been deaf from birth, so the noise from the vacuum can’t bother it.

  11. #11 Adrienne
    May 31, 2007

    My female cat’s mother (who was neither fat nor deaf) adored being vacuumed. She would come running when her owner turned on the vac. Her daughter, my cat, does not like or tolerate a normal vacuum cleaner, but adores being Dustbusted with a mini-vac.

  12. #12 Adrienne
    May 31, 2007

    It’s no myth. There is definitely a link between white fur/blue eyes and deafness in cats, but no, it is not absolute.

  13. #13 Brigit
    May 31, 2007

    I wish my (3) cats would let me do this! My crummy vacuum is no good at picking up cat hairs so I have to clean the carpet with a rubber brush daily. However, this doesn’t stop hairs from getting everywhere, including my lab samples as well as my husband’s.

  14. #14 Luna_the_cat
    June 1, 2007

    Brigit, speaking professionally, there are actually species requirements for being counted as a cat:

    1. You must be able to shed your own bodyweight in hair, daily, without showing any apparent shortage of supply.

    2. No matter what color any given surface is, and what color you are, you must be able to shed in some color which shows up dramatically on that surface. If a surface is dark, you must be able to shed white, even if you are solid black. If a surface is light, you must be able to shed black hair, even if you are solid white.

    3. You must be able to shed into closed rooms, isolated environments, and hermetically sealed containers. If a container or surface anywhere in your territory, or the territory of your person, is found to be without hair, then you have failed as a cat.

    I hope you understand now.