It is hard to say which is the bane of your existence – furniture that is a virtual sponge of dirt or pets that simply refuse to stop rubbing their hide all over it? It’s as if canines and felines have made it their life’s mission to wreak havoc all around them and then get an easy pass with those eyes that could melt the sun. While couches and armchairs are great contenders for the ultimate victims, rugs are probably the elements that take the cake (with frosting and a cherry on top). However, this is neither new nor rare as problems go, so many a smart pet owner has been looking for a comprehensible set of tips for choosing a pet-friendly rug.
Fringe adornments are a big NO
Let’s start with the basics: the shape of your pet-friendly rug can be completely arbitrary; the important thing is to avoid purchasing one that has any sort of adornment on its rims. This means that decorative fringes and tassels are out of the picture. Even if your pets are completely indifferent to rugs as a chewable material, these ‘baits’ will entice them to give it a bite anyway. Believe it or not, cats are as likely to gnaw at the tassels as dogs are.
The materials are many and so are your options
The matter of material is not only a question of whether it can sustain damage and dirt. It is also a matter of durability. Certain blends and materials are simply more robust and primed to endure a lot of abuse from your pet’s claws. Nylon comes to mind as a legitimate option, though a polyester blend is a choice that you will definitely not regret. Now, wool can endure a lot from pets but one should also look for a reasonable balance between the durability and price – and this is where wool is out of the picture. It is simply too expensive if you have a furry companion living with you.
Look for compromises wherever you can
Now, if you are in love with wonderful antique rugs and their uncompromising patterns, you can have your cake and eat it too by creating an enclosed area or allocating an extra room for hosting guests where your pet will not be permitted to dwell. Still, since most people cannot spare such extra space for this reason or another, you can also look into the type of rugs that emulate a vintage feel, but which are made of a 100%-nylon low-pile blend which is a breeze to vacuum and clean.
Your pet’s mane can inspire you
In addition, you can actually refer to your pet’s mane for inspiration for your interior design. What we mean by this is that you can purchase rugs that have a texture similar to the dog’s hair or, at the very least, have a hue or a mix of textures that will render stains and fur significantly harder to see. It is a neat pet hack that has been working wonders for many people that decided to purchase rugs after the pet has been integrated into the home.
Outdoor rugs for indoor purposes
While we are on the topic of pet hacks, did you know that you can ‘repurpose’ outdoor rugs for indoor purposes? The market is large these days and you can easily find perfectly elegant outdoor rugs that are fashionable and appropriate for indoor use. These ‘mats’ are usually made with the exposure to harsh elements and dirt in mind, so they are not only made to last but they are also fairly easy to clean.
The existence of terms such as ‘dog-proof’ when it comes to furniture materials is a strong enough proof of how uncompromisingly we adore our pets. The civilization as a whole is actually getting out of its way to concoct solutions that will enable us to coexist with furry companions in the most harmonious way, and that is a wonderful notion worth considering. Who knew that, within the weaving of a pet-friendly rug, such a human-affirming philosophy can hide.