No matter how much you love your pet, you don’t love what they can do to your rugs. The fur, the claws, the insects and the little accidents. A badly behaved pet can quickly turn a designer rug into a threadbare mess.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of great pet-friendly rug choices that will suit your decor and stand up to even the messiest pets. So, let’s have a look at some of the factors you’ll want to look for when choosing a pet-friendly rug.
Whether you have pets or not, it’s important to choose a rug that can withstand daily wear and tear. For instance, if you intend to put a rug in a high-traffic area, it will need to be more durable than one intended for a seldom-used room.
When it comes to rugs and pets, a rug’s durability is key. Your rug will need to tolerate claws and some tough love if your pet takes a particular shine to it.
Popular choices for pets are durable natural fibre rugs, like seagrass or jute. These are generally more resilient than woolen rugs. Additionally, some people swear by indoor-outdoor rugs which are designed to endure an outdoor life. This can make them particularly tough.
To prevent your cat from using the rug as a scratching pad, provide them with a variety of scratching alternatives, like a tower or mat. If your dog likes a good roll on a rug, encourage them to use a different mat for this purpose or even just lay down a towel.
Easy to Clean
It goes without saying that sometimes pets have accidents, particularly puppies and kittens. Do your best to toilet train them but be prepared to clean up after them. Picking a rug that is easy to clean can make this task less stressful.
Choose something that can be thrown in the washing machine. This may limit the size of rug you can get but you’ll be grateful for the convenience. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for washing as well.
Additionally, pick a rug that is stain resistant. Some pets can be sneaky, and you might not notice an accident until several hours have passed. On a less-hardy rug, this may mean a permanent stain, but a stain-resistant rug gives you more leeway when it comes to spot cleans.
When picking a rug, pay close attention to the pile. Loop pile is perfect for catching claws. Your furry friend may end up quite distressed if they cannot move and you may even have to cut part of the rug to free them. Low-cut pile is best.
Low pile rugs also trap fewer contaminants than thick pile rugs. A high-pile rug traps far more hair and pet dander than a low pile. This can lead to increased allergies and a lingering pet smell.
Strategic Colour and Pattern
When you start to look at designs there are two things to keep in mind. Firstly, small, repeated patterns are great for hiding stains. While you should choose a stain-resistant rug, even the best of these rugs can get stained in extreme circumstances. However, if this should happen on a rug with a small repeated pattern, it can be much harder to notice the stain.
Similarly, choose colours that match your pet’s fur. For instance, a white cat and a black rug do not mix. You’ll be forever trying to clean up the fur. However, a black cat and a black rug is a far more manageable pairing.
As we’ve said, pets have accidents. From needing to go to the toilet suddenly from wanting to chew on something they shouldn’t, it’s a fact all pet owners have to accept. Factor this in when you’re purchasing a rug.
Don’t choose something that costs thousands of dollars. While your pet may be well behaved, you can’t know what will happen in the future. Save yourself the frustration and heartache by picking a cheaper rug. If you’re particularly in love with it, you could even buy more than one so you can replace it as needed. Read another post on living room rug.
There’s lots to consider when buying a pet-friendly rug, but it is possible. Just because you have pets doesn’t mean you can’t have this standard piece of home décor. Follow the tips above and you’ll have no problems.