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What is the Best Carpet for Cats: 8 Things to Look For

What is the best carpet for cats

When I brought home my first cat almost a decade ago, I didn’t expect these fluffy overlords to take complete control of every little selection in my home. But here I am, researching the best carpet for cats and learning that not all carpets are “feline approved.”

The most common issue you will face in the coexistence of carpets and cats is scratching. On top of that, spraying or doing a number on the carpet is not out of the question. If you have ever had your cat pee on the carpet, you know it is nearly impossible to get rid of the odor. Also, expect to see spills and vomits on different spots of the carpet.

And this is exactly why you need to pick the best carpet for cats that’s up for the challenge. Let’s learn how to choose the best carpet for cats and also how to maintain it.

How to Choose the Best Carpet for Cats

Cut fiber over looped fiber

Cats love scratching and sharpening their claws on a textured fabric. They can easily pull and unravel looped carpets. Even their nails can get caught in the loops unintentionally and cause them to come apart. So, even though looped pile carpets are widely available, opt for cut carpets. The strands are cut in this type of pile, so there aren’t any loops for your cats to get their claws stuck intentionally or unintentionally. Also, you can trim off any fuzziness easily to keep the fiber in “purrfect” condition.

High density

The density of a carpet determines how much liquid spills seep into the carpet. You cannot realistically expect to get to every spill and accident on time. So, choose carpets with highly dense fiber to buy you some time before the liquid reaches the back of the carpet, which is tedious to clean. Moreover, moisture stuck at the bottom of the carpet can damage the subfloor. 

Polyester fiber

Polyester is extremely popular for being the cheapest yet incredibly durable carpet material with stain-resisting properties. It will withstand your cat’s constant clawing and zoomies. Polyester resists oil-based stains. You can also use a fabric seal spray to make it resist water-based spills.

Stain-resistant carpet

Choosing a stain-resistant carpet will save you from lots of scrubbing and rubbing in the future. How well a carpet will resist stains depends on the fiber. Wool, nylon, and polyester are the three best choices for stain-resistant carpet fibers.

Wool is naturally stain-resistant but lies a bit on the pricier side. Nylon brings the best of the two worlds — affordability and protection from liquid spills and oil stains. Lastly, polyesters are the cheapest carpets with natural oil-based stain resistance that can also be enhanced to resist liquid spills.

Darker colors

One way to beat stains is to simply choose carpets with darker colors. Lighter color carpets show stains and make them stick out to the eyes. They will also show patches of fur — therefore, they are not best suited to live with your furry friends. Darker colors conceal inevitable mishaps. So, you only need to worry about getting the substance and the odor out rather than the stain. 

Patterns over plain carpet

Patterned carpets help conceal stains and frayed areas, whereas plain carpet accentuates them. Although choosing pattern versus solid carpet is a style choice, patterns are easier to maintain with your cats spilling and clawing it “occasionally.” You can also choose lighter carpets as long as they have prints to cover any imperfections.

Use carpet pads with a moisture barrier

Many manufacturers now offer carpet pads with a moisture barrier on both sides. Moisture barrier protects the subfloor underneath by preventing liquid absorption. It also prevents mold and mildew growth due to trapped moisture in the back of the carpet. Although it might cost you more than regular carpet pads, not having to worry about mold and subfloor damage makes it worth the price.

Lower VOC rating

This one is not about preventing your cats from scratching the carpet or the durability — but the safety of our precious cotton balls. Carpets and other household items can contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs that can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation and have neurological effects. Choose a carpet certified by Greenguard or have the Green Label from the Carpet and Rug Institute to ensure that it has low-VOC standards.

How to Maintain Carpets with Cats

How to Maintain Carpets with Cats

Use a fabric seal spray

Fabric seal sprays prevent spills and liquids from seeping into the carpet by waterproofing the top part. They also make it more resistant to water-based stains. Regular water shield sprays from Thompson’s and Scotchgard have proven to be effective at protecting the fibers from water. Gorilla Waterproof Patch & Seal Spray is another excellent option for sealing the top fibers.

Simply spray a thin layer of fabric seal on the carpet area and let it dry completely. Remember to spray it in a well-ventilated area. After the first layer dries, spray another coat and leave it to dry. Even though most fibers don’t discolor from fabric seal spray, we still recommend testing it out on a corner beforehand.

Clean spills and pees immediately

Clean up any spills and accidents as soon as you notice them. If your carpet is still wet, blot the urine as much as possible using a paper towel or similar absorbent materials. Cover the area with a towel and apply pressure. Refrain from rubbing as it will spread the urine to other carpet areas. Then proceed to clean the area thoroughly.

Here is the most effective way to deal with pet pee on the carpet.

Clip your cat’s nails regularly

Keep your cat’s nail short so it doesn’t get caught on the carpet fiber easily. Long nails can get caught on the carpet when running around and loosen the rug thread. Short nails will not damage the carpet significantly, even if your cat scratches it.

Offer scratching posts

Scratching is an instinctive behavior. So, it’s always better to teach them the correct spot to sharpen their claws rather than telling them not to do something natural to them. Offer scratching posts in areas where your cat frequently hangs out. We recommend placing at least one scratching post in each room. If you notice a spot in the carpet your cat tends to scratch the most, place the scratching post there to build better habits.

Remove cat hair regularly

Hold on — I’m not talking about shaving down your cat but regularly removing their hair from the carpet. Cat hair will get stuck everywhere in the house, especially on the fiber of the carpet. Use a powerful vacuum to pull cat hair out of the carpet. You can also use a pet hair remover on the carpet. Also, brush your cat regularly to remove loose fur and minimize shedding.

Use cat deterrent sprays

You can use vinegar to deter your cat from peeing on the carpet. The Clean ‘n’ Tidy Don’t Pee Here Spray is also a great product that will prevent your cat from peeing on the carpet or anywhere else around the house.

Did you find these tips helpful in finding the best carpet for cats? Comment below and let us know!

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