Okay, in my old house I had a cheap carpet. My two cats scratched and scratched and did not make a dent in it.
We replaced some old shag with another cheap carpet. Again, they clawed and clawed. No sign of damage.
We moved in July. Our new house has one hideous wall-to-wall carpet in one room downstairs, a sort of gray industrial carpet throughout the rest of the downstairs, a new plush carpet in the bedroom, and hardwood floors elsewhere.
The cats scratch on the hideous carpet. No problem. Nothing shows. Same with the industrial and the plush upstairs. BUT…
We got a nice rug–or what we thought would be a nice rug. They started scratching on it, and now, we’ve had it three weeks, and it looks like hell. I don’t know where we went wrong here. We just assumed, based on everything including their cat tree, that cats could claw carpet for years on end without damage.
We have moved one of their scratching stations into the room with the new rug. We have sprayed it with something, and we have covered it with something called Sticky Paws. And all of these dissuade our cats, one in particular, for just a few minutes and then they’re back to ripping into the new carpet.
I have proposed keeping them out of this room, but in order to do that, since it’s in the most open part of the house, I’d basically have to lock them in either the basement or the laundry room.
But the real problem is, how did we manage to buy a non-cat-proof rug? Is there some kind of standard? I need to know, because it looks like we’re gonna need a new one real soon.