Best Carpet for People with Cats

Friday January 16, 2009
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If you've owned cats for a while you may have noticed that they tend to shed quite a bit. In addition, their nails can catch on certain materials, causing harm to themselves as well as your furniture. The best carpet for people with cats is one that is loop-free and colored to match your particular cat. While matching your carpet color to your cat may seem over the top, it's essential for hiding unsightly cat hair.

Loop-free carpet varieties include random shear, plush, Saxony and frieze. Frieze carpet is comprised of curled and twisted tufts and is recommended for high-traffic areas as they're designed to mask footprints. Plush carpet fibers are all the same length and are generally installed in formal areas. The construction of random shear carpet is similar to frieze carpet in that it's made of a combination of cut and uncut fiber tips for a textured appearance. Random shear can be installed in both informal and formal rooms, and can be the perfect solution for cats.

Carpet types that have earned a green seal of certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) are made with a safe level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are used in the manufacture of a variety of floor types and can be harmful upon contact. By choosing green carpets you can help protect the health of yourself as well as your feline friends.

Carpets naturally collect and hold onto common household allergens such as dust mites, pollen and pet dander. While this can make carpet a refuge for allergens, it helps keep them out of the air you and your cat breathe in. There's debate over whether or not this is better for allergy sufferers. If you've noticed your allergies are worse in rooms with carpet, you may want to consider replacing these surfaces with a pet-friendly surface such as linoleum.

Installing your carpet with a hypoallergenic carpet pad may help to reduce your allergy symptoms. Keep in mind that hypoallergenic does not mean "allergy-free." Hypoallergenic carpet pads have a higher resistance to allergens, and often times contain a higher level of moisture resistance that also helps it deter mold growth. This is an ideal characteristic for cats that are sensitive to bacterial growths.

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