Carpet flooring is warm, cozy, and easy to clean. It insulates the home and reduces noise. Unfortunately, cats with an urge to scratch carpet flooring can tear it to shreds faster than you would believe possible. Following are some tips from the experts at Floor Coverings International North Jersey for cat lovers who want to keep their carpets in good shape for many years to come!
Trim the Cat’s Nails Regularly
You can use either a special pet nail clipper or a regular nail clipper to trim your cat’s nails. Trimming the nails doesn’t stop your cat from scratching but it does minimize the damage caused to your carpet and/or furniture.
Invest in Scratching Posts
Cats need something to scratch on a regular basis. Providing scratching posts will offer your cat an alternative to scratching at your carpet or furniture. There are both horizontal and vertical posts and you may need to try a few different types before you find which one your cat will like. Make sure the posts don’t look similar to your carpet so your cat knows there is a difference.
Spray the scratching posts with a little catnip before bringing them inside to increase the appeal to your cat. Then set up the scratch posts in corners where cats typically enjoy scratching your carpet.
Limit Home Access
A simple and cost-efficient way to protect your home’s carpet is to simply not allow your cat to enter into rooms with new carpeting. Outdoor cats can have their own shelter on a covered porch while indoor cats can be taught to stay in rooms that have tile or hardwood flooring. Many cat owners use a spray bottle with water or water and a little vinegar to teach cats where they should and shouldn’t go.
If you have a kitten and are considering replacing your home’s flooring with carpet, start the training before investing in new carpet. The younger the cat is, the easier it is to train. Older cats can learn appropriate behavior but be aware that it will take time, especially if you have already started installing carpet flooring and your cat has gotten accustomed to scratching a particular spot.
You don’t necessarily need to forgo carpet flooring just because you have a cat that may enjoy clawing it from time to time. Clip the cat’s nails periodically and train your cat to stick to scratching a scratch post and/or to stay out of the room with new carpeting. With a bit of time and effort, you can enjoy both your cat and your comfortable carpeted floor. Schedule a free in-home design consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International North Jersey to learn all about your different carpet options. We proudly serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas and look forward to working with you!