Pet Friendly Rugs.
What’s the best pet friendly rug?
Does your four-legged family member have a favourite spot in your home? Is the location where Rover likes to sleep becoming excessively soiled despite your constant cleaning? Is it easy to see where Fluffy prefers to sleep because of all the cat hair? Is Rover scratching and prematurely wearing the finish on your beautiful hardwood floors?
Is it time to find a suitable rug for your pet? Not only to provide a soft and comfortable place for your pet to sleep, but also to extend the life of your expensive flooring or carpeting.
Since most of us consider our pets as our children, we are obviously concerned about their health and well being and don’t want to purchase anything that may contain toxins or represent a health hazard.
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So, as pet owners, what do we want in an area rug that will be safe for our pets? Are rugs made with natural materials best? Do we naturally assume synthetic rugs to be unsuitable because they are made artificially?
What about cost? For the concern of our pets and their health, we can certainly justify spending a little more for a rug if it’s the safe choice, but we also don’t want to spend money unnecessarily when a cheaper product would be just as suitable.
We may also wish to purchase a rug that will, to some extent, hide cat or dog hair. This would make it less visible and thereby reduce the need or desire to clean the rug often. It would also be useful if the rug were made out of material your pet won’t be inclined to chew or claw at excessively.
We also want to be cognizant of the style and colour of the rug and how it fits in with the rest of the home.
The purpose of this article is to answer as many of these questions as possible and give you the information you need to purchase the least expensive and safest product for your pet, and I hope what I have uncovered, is helpful.
Outdoor rugs are typically made from synthetic materials such as nylon, olefin, acrylic and polyester. These are man-made materials manufactured through a special process.
There are minor differences between the synthetic fibres, but overall, they generally stand up quite well in most applications. Nylon is more durable, with olefin in second place and polyester more likely to show it’s wear first. As you would expect, nylon is slightly more expensive given that it’s more durable.
As for texture, it is said, acrylic feels the closest to wool and can be similarly priced to nylon.
Because of the construction of synthetic fibres, there are no pockets where dirt and grime can hide. As a result, these types of rugs may look dirty sooner, than some of the natural materials, and will require cleaning more often. Nevertheless, they are all stain resistant, easy to clean, and dry quickly, preventing mould and mildew from forming. Olefin, in particular, dries quickly and is suitable beside pools or in basements.
These types of rugs would be most suitable for your pet for all the reasons stated above. Easy to clean, stain resistant, dries quickly and is less expensive than rugs made from natural materials. Since these types of rugs are less expensive, they are often considered disposable. When your pet has tortured your rug beyond recognition, you can just toss it out.
Be aware of the backing on some of the synthetic rugs, as they often come with a jute backing which many cats find irresistible. Jute along with sisal, are used in making cat scratching posts. Also, jute is an absorbent plant material and is very good at holding odours.
With numerous styles and colours to choose from, finding a suitable rug to match your indoor decor shouldn’t be an obstacle.
Are synthetic rugs toxic?
This is a tough question to answer, and for many people, the debate continues. There is so much conflicting information that it’s difficult to determine the truth and is beyond the scope of this article.
I have looked into both sides of the debate, and both make good arguments. In the end, most people have made their minds up about the whole issue, and there’s almost nothing that can be said to change them.
My feeling is that, in the big scheme of things, synthetic rugs represent very little, to no danger compared to all the toxins we are, unwittingly, subjected to every day.
In fact, I read about an individual who consumed tiny plastic pellets on purpose, to aid in digestion.
What about natural materials?
A rug made from wool is certainly a material to consider for some pet owners. In many cases, wool outperforms synthetic rugs for durability and ease of cleaning. As for texture, it is difficult to beat. In addition, wool fibres have the ability to hide incredible amounts of dirt and, yet, not look dirty. This would certainly be an advantage as a pet rug, not that you would want your wool rug to become too soiled as this would reduce the longevity of the rug.
Wool and some of the other natural materials, like silk for example, just seem too extravagant to use as a rug for your pet. It’s not that wool, in particular, couldn’t handle the abuse your pet may put it through. It’s just that wool is a premium fibre and a little more on the expensive side compared to synthetic rugs and seems more suited as a prized item of your home furnishings.
Of course, if money is not an issue, then wool is an option, or even a wool blend, such as polypropylene, may be considered a suitable compromise.
Seagrass is another natural material that would be appropriate as a pet rug. It is reasonably durable as well as, stain and water resistant. Seagrass is also less expensive than wool, and you’re not likely to cringe as much if you eventually need to throw it out.
What about patterns, colours and pile?
Once you have decided on a type of rug and are considering what type of pattern to choose, you may want to consider a rug with a small design or a busy pattern to help camouflage any pet stains that are likely to occur eventually on your pet’s rug. It may also be helpful to choose rugs with a combination of dark colours and light colours. Dark to assist in hiding any stains and light colours to help hide pet hair. This will increase the longevity of your rug by keeping it in service longer instead of throwing it out over a couple of mishaps. A rug with a couple of stains doesn’t necessarily mean the rug is dirty and needs to be thrown out.
To discourage Fluffy from digging into your rug, consider a low pile rug. A rug with a thick high pile may be just too tempting for your feline to dig and claw into. As mentioned above, acrylic is the one material that feels closest to wool. Just because the pile is low doesn’t mean the texture isn’t pleasant to the touch. Use a rug pad to give added thickness to your pet’s rug.
I hope the above information in this article helpful. With so many shapes, colours and styles to choose from, you should have no trouble finding the perfect rug for your pet.