A Pet-Owner’s Guide to Choosing a Rug or a Carpet

We all love our furry friends. They keep us company at home, they shower us with unconditional love, and they’re endlessly fun to watch and play with. Unfortunately, they also tend to shed a lot of hair, bring in dirt and mud, rake their claws, have icky accidents, and do other stuff that isn’t exactly helpful for a carpet’s long-term health. 

The only way to deal with this problem is to keep your four-legged friends in mind when choosing a new rug or a carpet. Your goal is to pick a carpet that won’t stain or rip easily, but that’s also comfy enough for your pets and kids to lie and play on.  

In the following article, we’ll look at the main factors you need to consider when choosing a pet-friendly carpet or rug. Keep reading to learn more, or click this link if you’re looking for more in-depth information on how to maintain and protect your carpeting. 

Choosing the right fabrics is crucial

Even non-energetic dogs and cats can cause a lot of wear and tear on a carpet. The only way to combat this is to go for durable and stain-resistant materials such as wool or nylon. You may also want to consider using carpet tiles, as this enables you to easily replace individual tiles when necessary.

Don’t forget to pick the right colour

Even the most durable and high-quality black rug is going to look bad once your yellow-white cat has deposited its hair all over it. The best solution for this problem is to choose a colour that disguises the dropped pet hair and minimizes the appearance of wear and tear.

You have two choices:

  • Pick a colour that matches the colour of your pet’s fur. For example, if you have a golden retriever, get a yellow carpet. This will “hide” the shedded hair until your next vacuuming by making it blend in with the colour of the carpet.
  • Get a darker carpet shade that makes it more difficult to see any stains or the effects of wear and tear. This is a particularly good option if your pet has dark fur. 

You’ll have to clean more often

No matter how well-behaved your pets are, sooner or later they’re going to have an accident. You’ll need to deal with these situations ASAP to reduce their impact on your carpet, as well as vacuum more frequently to stay on top of the constant shedding and remove any dirt your beloved furballs may have brought into the house. 

Finally, you’ll have to pay more attention to what your pets are doing and scold them immediately if you see them gnawing on the carpet or raking it with their claws. By staying consistent about this, you’ll quickly train your pets not to do these things. 

Your pets actually benefit from a carpet

We all know how much cats and dogs love to lie on soft, warm surfaces. But did you know that carpets are also safer for them? This is because an animal’s footpads tend to slide on hardwood and tile flooring, which can easily result in accidents and even injuries. They also make for softer landing, which is especially important for cats who like to jump down from couches or countertops. 

In addition to keeping your pets safer and comfier, carpets also absorb sound, so your pets can play and run around without being too noisy. This can be a blessing when your kitten suddenly decides to start running through the house in the middle of the night.