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Best Rugs For Pets

Best Rugs For Pets

If you have pets, it is important to not only consider their comfort, but your own convenience. This can be a dilemma – rugs that are easiest to clean can often be the worst for your pet’s claws! So what do you do? This blog presents a series of options to consider that can work for both of you. It should be noted we are focusing on cats and dogs since they are most popular, although some of the advice may apply to other pets like hamsters and tortoises too.

Pile Type

With rugs or indeed with carpet, the pile type is significant in how your pet’s claws cope. Loop piles are known for catching on claws, resulting in discomfort for them and a limited lifespan for your rug, which will be ripped up with every step they take. Cut piles however, don’t do this, as the pile simply goes straight up without creating any problematic hooks. Luckily, cut pile is highly popular, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a rug that can suit your needs. As for your own convenience, lower piles are better than higher piles such as those on shaggy rugs in terms of easier cleaning. Pets love shag pile however due to the warmth and comfort provided, so if an extra bit of shampooing and hoovering trapped pet hairs every now and then is no problem, go for it! The best part is that the pile does not greatly affect the look of the carpet from a distance, and is good news for those who are focused more on the colour, pattern and price of the rug than the subtle differences in appearance or texture.

Cut vs Loop Pile


It is best to choose materials that are stain resistant and durable if you have pets. Luckily, this means there are a lot of options – you can read our previous blog for full information on which are most durable and why, but to summarise, nylon and wool are the best choices, followed by polypropylene, which holds up better in lower footfall homes. If your pet often has wet or muddy paws, these rugs will help you cope with cleaning and prevent you from worrying too much about damage. Sisal and jute rugs are recommended by experts for pets, whereas others find these are used by cats as a scratching pole! Dogs are better suited to these materials instead, and help make cleaning much easier as the lack of pile means pet hairs can’t get trapped. On the other hand, stains are more likely to show up, so if your pet has accidents or wet paws quite often, we recommend the aforementioned materials instead.

Colour and Pattern

This one may be obvious to some, but lots don’t consider it when buying a rug. If you have an outdoor pet, they are likely to bring in mud and debris on their paws, which will be transferred to your rug. For this reason, darker colours should be used, such as brown, dark grey or black, and you should try to use patterns if they don’t clash with your décor. For pets with light fur, it is best to choose a patterned rug to hide the opposing shades of dirt and hair that will collect. Of course, choosing a non-staining rug and keeping up with cleaning makes colour and pattern less important, but they are still important to mention as it is impossible to be on top of cleaning all the time!

Other Solutions

If you already have your heart set on a rug that is unsuitable, or are bringing a pet into an already furnished home, there are solutions to get the best of both. However, these require compromise. Firstly, the obvious answer if placing the rug in a room the pet does not have access to. Any vintage, expensive, or sentimental rugs will benefit greatly from this, as will you. Placing the rug on the wall is a quirkier alternative, but can also be considered a solution if it ties together the theme or design of a room. We talk about this in depth in this blog, which we highly recommend for those serious about this option.

Regardless of what you choose, make sure you stay on top of cleaning. This involves vacuuming regularly, and mopping any floors surrounding the rug. Also consider rug shampoo for deeper cleans - and make sure you clean your pets if needed too! All recommendations in this blog can be found by browsing Rug Mountain.

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