Install Cat- and Dog-Friendly Carpet
Why choose (or live with) wall-to-wall carpeting when you have pets? Let’s be honest; dogs and cats spend a lot of time lying around doing, well, nothing. When the carpeting is wall-to-wall, they get lots of options for naps. Plus, carpeting is safer for pets because it offers a nonslip surface for moving about. And for your sake, carpet is a good choice because it absorbs sound and eliminates the clicking of claws on a hard surface.
In terms of aesthetics, you’ve probably figured out that light-color carpets will showcase pet stains and hair. Instead, look for darker earth tones or multicolor patterns to mask the debris that goes along with owning a dog or cat. You may even want to match the color of your carpet to the color of your pet’s fur. Not sure which hue to choose? Take a look at your sweaters. The one that hides fur the best should guide the color of your carpet.
Choose a stain-resistant low-pile carpeting to make it easier to clean up accidents. Avoid continuous loop carpet that can unravel when caught by a claw. And install an anti-microbial, moisture-resistant pad for long-term durability and to protect the floor beneath.
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