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Can A Roomba Pick Up Rabbit Poop / Hay? (2022)

Roomba Rabbit Poop Hay

Even if you’ve potty-trained your bunny, you may find a few rabbit droppings occasionally.

As you know, rabbit poop is about the size of a raisin. But the big question…

Will a Roomba be able to pick it up? Along with the hay?

Or, should you do the ‘dirty’ work yourself?

Waste no time and read on to find out:

  • 5 top vacuum cleaners you can clean rabbit poop and hay with.
  • Whether the Roomba opening is big enough to catch bunny droppings. 
  • The pros and cons of each one so you can decide which suits you best.
  • And a whole lot more…

Can a Roomba pick up rabbit poop?

A Roomba can easily pick up normal rabbit poop (a.k.a. hard fecal pellets) both on hardwood and carpet. But it’s not advisable to use a Roomba for cleaning cecotropes (a.k.a. night feces). Cecotropes are soft, hence they’ll get smeared by your Roomba. Plus, bunnies need to eat them for nutrition.

In general, a Roomba can pick up:

  • Coins.
  • Cheerios
  • Rabbit hair.
  • Dog kibbles.
  • Seeds people feed birds with. 

Even if the above-mentioned items have fallen in places which regular vacuums won’t be able to reach.

Note: Don’t worry about the opening as it’s big enough. In fact, most bunny parents find this vacuum to be the best solution for their needs.

A Roomba can also collect more dust and dirt than a regular vacuum.

What’s more, pet lovers of all kinds share positive feedback on the Internet. They elaborate on the fact that a Roomba can pick all kinds of pellets. 

Handy, right?

A Roomba is a right choice for you if you:

  • Want to save some time.
  • Want and/or need daily cleaning.
  • Don’t want to freak out your rabbits.
  • Would like a small and a quiet vacuum.
  • Have messy bunnies (trust me, I know the struggle).
  • Are looking for an easy and efficient way to clean micro-hay dust.
  • Working late without the possibility to vacuum on weekdays (due to the loud noise).

Pro tip: Some bunnies get scared if they see the Roomba. Especially if they’re on the floor (the same) level as the device. To prevent that, put some items such as boxes between their cages and the device.

Check out next: 10 Proven Tips To Make A Roomba Instantly Quieter

Can a Roomba pick up rabbit hay?

A Roomba can pick up rabbit hay. However, it may pick up some strands easier than others. Which means that you may still have to sweep or vacuum what’s left occasionally. Usually, only long pieces of hay are left out but you can easily pick them up by hand. 

Are Roombas safe for rabbits?

Roombas are safe for rabbits. In fact, many rabbits get used to the vacuum. Some even jump on top of it, while others keep a safe distance. 

Let me show an example of a rabbit who’s comfortable with the Roomba. 

This bun here is up for a challenge:

And as the uploader of the video suggests, you should always engage your bunny with mind-stimulating activities. 

This is also a great way to make the rabbit familiar with the environment. So it’s a win-win. 

But just in case your rabbit gets scared from their first introduction to the Roomba, check out this…

Reading tip: 21 Proven Ways To Instantly Calm Down A Scared Bunny


5 best robot vacuums for rabbits


Before we dive in, I must warn you that I put both pros and cons of the different vacuum cleaner models below. 

This is not to discourage you. But to be fair, every product has goth both. So, to best prepare you, I’ve listed all the important info based on real people’s experiences. 

In the end, whatever you go for, I’d like it if you make an informed decision. 🙂 

#1: iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) 

Pros:

Easy voice activation

You can use your voice assistant to say “Roomba, clean under the couch”. Or do the same via the iRobot Home app. 

Smart Mapping

In other words, Roomba can tell your living room, bedroom, and kitchen apart. 

How cool is that? 

Also, Roomba will avoid your bunnies’ food and water bowls. And the bunnies’ play areas as well. It sure gives me peace of mind.

A personalized cleaning schedule

If you’re a clean freak like me, you want your house to be sparkling clean. Unfortunately, to do that you need to spend enough effort and time. 

This combo can be tiresome and frustrating. 

I mean, cleaning is a necessary evil. And even if you don’t mind it, you will if it becomes too frequent. 

To help you with that, the iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) will clean whenever and wherever. It’s smart so it’ll remember the areas you normally clean. Plus, how often they need to get cleaned.  

So keeping the whole house clean with Roomba is easy.

It can be a real blessing to busy furparents. 

Self-cleaning

Last but not least, this vacuum has the ability to empty itself. This is another step closer to providing you with a hassle-free experience. So you can enjoy a calm evening with your buns after work.

Cons:

Softer rollers

These can wear out quicker.

Higher suction

Higher suction might result in cables getting pulled into the device and getting stuck.

You need to get replacement bags

Replacement bags are a must-have with this one. However, you can get decently-priced ones on Amazon. 

Read next: Does Roomba work on carpet?

#2: Lefant M210 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Pros:

Has a 360-degree view of its surroundings 

What this means for you: less chance of the robot vacuum cleaner getting stuck somewhere.

Plus, no danger of it falling over the staircase.

Can access narrow and hard-reachable places

The Lefant M210 Robot Vacuum Cleaner can go around and under your bed, sofa, chairs.

Brushless suction

Do you want a smooth experience with your vacuum?

Then go for a device with brushless suction. This function will allow all of the bunny hair and hay to reach the dustbin easily. So tangled here will no longer be a problem.

The option to create a cleaning schedule

You can do this by using the Smart App. 

Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility

Suitable for all floor types:

  • Tile.
  • Stone.
  • Hardwood.
  • Low-pile carpet.
Smart and efficient

If the vacuum gets stuck, it’ll turn the motor off. Then, it’ll figure out how to get out silently. Once able to do the job again, it’ll turn on and start vacuuming.

Price

This device is very affordable. 

Cons:

Filter change

Filters may need to be changed often depending on whether you’re using the vacuum heavily or not. 

Some people need a 2nd filter after 3 weeks of using the vacuum.

Connects to 2.4GHz WiFi but not to 5GHz

If you don’t have 2.4GHz WiFi you can only use the remote you get the vacuum with. But not your phone. 

#3: Roborock S7 Robot Vacuum and Mop

Roborock S7 Robot Vacuum And Mop

Pros:

Quet even when the Max suction mode is on

That’s great for your bunnies, as rabbits scare easily. Another plus is that you won’t annoy any neighbors, even if you use the device daily. 🙂

Rubber brush

The rubber brush suits homes with bunnies great. Not only is it durable. But it also prevents hair tangling.

Carpet recognition

Once the Roborock S7 detects a carpet, it’ll intensify the suction power. 

A washable HEPA filter

The HEPA filter picks up fine dust. 

A great vacuum & mop combo

Sometimes vacuuming just isn’t enough. Especially if one of your bunnies soils the floor. 

Some bunny parents have a separate robot to mop the floor with. However, it can be tricky to just get any mopping robot. As some can’t go through carpets. 

This results in frustration. Since instead of having it easier, the device creates a lot of hassle.

Well, no more of that with the Roborock S7! Say goodbye 

Cons:

2.4GHz Wifi Connection needed

You need a 2.4GHz Wifi Connection to be able to operate the vacuum with the Comprehensive App Control.

Round design

Might miss some corners due to its round design as opposed to a D-shaped Roomba, for example.

No automatically-empty base (for now)

Hate to break it to you, but consider this before your purchase this vacuum. As for some people, it could be a deal-breaker. 

A smaller dustbin than previous models

You might need to get the debris out with the help of your fingers.

You might also want to read: Do Robot Vacuums Work in Small Spaces? 3 Things To Know

#4: BISSELL MultiClean Allergen Lift-Off Pet Vacuum

Here’s a non-robot vacuum. 

This one wins the hearts of many over Dyson.

Why am I mentioning Dyson, you ask? 

Well, some rabbit parents would recommend it. 

While others would find it too expensive and even inefficient.

That’s why I went on a search for an option that gives value for money. Here’s what I found about the BISSELL MultiClean.

Pros:

Excellent suction

The BISSELL MultiClean can change the shade of your carpet (no joke). That’s because it can pick up[ a lot of hard-visible dust.

Even if your floor looks clean and you run this vacuum on it, you’d be surprised by what you find in the canister.

Note: The vacuum does a great job on Persian rugs (yup, the really beautiful but tough to clean ones).

Great design

It gets way further under any furniture.

Light-weight vacuum

Even if you lift it in its Amazon box, you’ll feel how light it is. It’s amazing. 

You can easily go around the house with it and vacuum those rabbit droppings and hay. It’s super easy to do a lift-off when going on stairs.

How handy is that? 

Quieter than a Dyson

Your bunny will thank you. And so will the neighbors. 

Easy-to-clean HEPA filters

Not only are HEPA filters great for people with asthma and allergies. But the fact that they’re easy to clean translates to minimal replacement costs.

Cons:

A small canister

People who did a cleaning of a 1,000 square-foot indoor place report they had to empty the vacuum twice.

Others ended up emptying the dustbin about 3-5 times during a 2-3 cleaning session.

No automatic cord rewind

Well, I admit it. I’m a bit spoiled in a sense. Since I’ve experienced the easiness of using an automatic cord rewind. It’s satisfying to have the cord tidied up in just a few seconds.

Then again, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. But the choice is yours. 

#5: Shark ZU62 Navigator Zero-M

Pros:

Very quiet for a vacuum
Self-cleaning

You won’t need to clean the roller by cutting hairballs, etc.

Amazing customer service

Think about this – how many times in your life was a good product ruined by horrible customer service?

When making choices, always consider the latter. No matter how great the quality, if you have any questions or there’s an issue, you’ll end up talking to the customer service agents. 

That being said, you can rely on Shark’s customer service to go above and beyond to help you.

Impressive suction

A lot of Shark users report just how impressed they are by it. Some even mention that the Shark vacuum does a better job at it than their Dyson.

The suction function can be regulated from Minimum to Maximum. And with that, your carpet could look brand new in no time. 

All you need to do is go one time over the area you need to clean and you’re set. 🙂 

Compact design

A vacuum that’s rather on the small side. It’s great for places that are harder to reach.

Great container/dust cup capacity

No need to empty the container a few times while cleaning. 

Cons:

The power cord is 25′ in length

Which results in less reach. Shark users report they would’ve loved it if the cord was longer than 25 feet.

A bit hard to move on carpets sometimes

With great suction comes great responsibility…

Or something like that.

Basically, if you’re using the Shark vacuum on a carpet, be aware that it might be hard to push at times.