People say your life changes once you have a baby. I say your life changes once you have pets. This is my life with exotic pets. Growing up, my family never had anything I would really consider a ‘traditional pet’. We had the occasional goldfish, we did a small stint with hamsters (that was until one got out and I accidentally stepped on it while it was sleeping in my Barney slipper. Enough said) and we even had a Bearded Dragon. The common theme you might see is that all of these ‘pets’ lived in glass enclosures and did not shed. In my mind, true pets shed.
My Life With Exotic Pets
Well, all that changed about four years ago. My then boyfriend, Kyle, was home sick and clearly had too much time on his hands. As he was scrolling through the World Wide Web, he came across something that sparked his interest, a Savannah cat. Now, I would not consider Kyle, nor myself, to be “cat people”. He grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota where the cats roam freely outside, but are not considered “pets” per say. I grew up in a family that was allergic to almost anything with fur and never truly developed an appreciation for the special bond one can form with a pet. However, Kyle fell in love with the idea of owning his very own Savannah cat. Hence the start of my life with exotic pets.
Life With Savannah Cats
For those of you who do not know what a Savannah cat is, just let me be clear, it is basically a wild animal, masked as a cuddly fur ball. Big pets equal big messes. Savannah cats currently hold the World Record for being the world’s tallest domestic cat. They can leap through the air, run faster than most humans I know and even enjoy eating raw meat straight from the fridge, frying pan, or anywhere they can sneak a bite. Somehow, despite all of this, Kyle, whom I love dearly, wanted to introduce such a pet into our home. Kyle has a way of convincing me that what seems like a bad idea, might actually be a good one.
All That Fur
So in 2015, we got our first Savannah cat. One Savannah cat was not so bad. Being a young couple and single pet owners, we had lots of time. We found time to bath, brush and yes, even toilet train the newest addition to our family. Fast forward a year later, we introduced a second wild animal into our home. Yes, indeed, another Savannah cat. Now we had Zeke and Sherlock. Having two meant it took twice as long to bath. Twice as long to brush. And our single bathroom house now had to accommodate two humans and two cats all trying to share the same commode.
I started to find myself being more reactive than proactive when it came to animal fur. I spent more time vacuuming, sweeping and vacuuming again, than I spent actually preventing the inevitable shedding. It seemed like all I was ever doing was vacuuming to try to keep up with the endless amount of hair piling on our floor. Which, if I am to be honest, is not very preventable. Kyle’s idea of buying “a really nice brush and good cat shampoo” might have worked. If it wasn’t lost in the back of the closet. As with most people, we just couldn’t find the time. My life with exotic pets was now becoming a hairy mess.
Adding Another Savannah To The Mix
Fast-forward another year to another bad idea that might actually be good. My now husband, Kyle, wanted a dog. I wanted a baby, but he was ready for “man’s best friend”. I will save you the energy of reading about my plight to avoid inviting another shedding beast into our home. As a newly married couple, we decided to try our hand at compromising. Kyle got a German Shepherd puppy, named Savannah, and I got a robot.
Introducing My Own Beast To The House
After my husband got two shedding Savannah cats and a monster of a shedding dog, named Savannah, I got myself what I like to call “women’s best friend” and a lifesaver of a vacuum. Technically, I got the Neato Botvac D5 Connected high performance, laser smart, precision navigating, and WIFI enabled robot vacuum. This little baby does the trick. The Neato Botvac D5 uses laser smart mapping to navigate my floor; both carpet, hardwood and tile. It basically hunts out every single strand of hair that has so abruptly left my animals body and collects it all in its large capacity dirt bin.
It has a D shaped design to get into every crevice and corner. It finds where fur balls love to hid and I can get up to 90 minutes of battery life off a single charge! The Neato Botvac will even make its way back to its charging station when it is running low on battery life, charge and return to where it left off, all on its own. This vacuum has allowed me the freedom to turn it on either manually with its easy to use single touch button. Or by using the app on my smartphone as I continue to go about my day.
Sometimes I run the Neato Botvac D5 while doing laundry, fixing this delicious air fryer donut recipe, or other assorted cleaning. Then, sometimes I start it right from my phone while watching TV in the other room while enjoying a snack. Who says you can’t be productive and not get off the couch at the same time?
The Neato Botvac will even alert you on your smart phone if it is stuck and needs your “help” to get back on track. It also comes with a boundary marker magnetic strip that you can use to set boundaries for your vacuum so that it doesn’t wonder off into uncharted territory, such as the litter box area or another room. You simply roll out the black, magnetic strip, lay it on the floor and it takes care of the rest. It will sense the boundary, back up and readjust its route accordingly.
My Life With Exotic Pets
One of my favorite parts of the Neato Botvac Vacuum is that it allows me to live in my home without all the dreaded pet hair that comes with having three pets. Although I still use my stick vacuum from time to time to vacuum off the couches, curtains, or stairs, this little beast has really became my new best friend. Now my husband and I can life with three pets, but our house doesn’t have to collect pet hair like the floor of a local hair salon. My life with exotic pets has become much simpler, and a lot less hairy, thanks to my Neato Botvac D5 vacuum.