Some people may think that carpet is out of the question for homeowners with cats, but that’s not the case! Certain precautions can be made to prevent your cats from tearing up your carpets or staining them. If you want the soft, cozy feel of carpet in a home with cats running around, take a look at a few things you should know from the experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland East below!
Select the Correct Pile
The pile of carpet chosen can make a real difference in how it holds up to cats. Berber is a tightly looped carpet style that is incredibly durable. If your cat likes to scratch a lot, however, it may not be the best option because the loops can encourage scratching. We suggest a cut pile style such as frieze or plush because they don’t attract claws and will hide dirt and hair very well.
Select the Best Fiber
Synthetic carpet fibers are the most stain resistant. Nylon is our favorite option for pet owners because it is affordable, soft, and holds up well to stains. Most carpets can be stain-treated to make them even more durable.
Use Scratching Posts
The best way to prevent cats from scratching your carpet is to use scratching posts. This provides them with an alternative to scratching your carpet or furniture. Make sure to use posts that don’t look too similar to your carpet or they won’t be able to tell the difference.
Trim Their Nails Regularly
Keeping your cat’s nails trimmed regularly can help protect your floors and furniture from damage. You can use either a special pet nail clipper or a regular one.
If you follow these tips, it will make installing carpets when you have cats easy and worry free! We can go over this and more during your free in-home design consultation where we bring the samples to you. We proudly serve the greater Cleveland area and look forward to working with you!