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Does anyone have sisal carpet?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Psygon, May 1, 2017.


  1. Psygon

    Psygon Yoshi Tonks! :-)

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    We're looking for some flooring options in our house, and exploring a couple of things. One of the flooring types I'm quite taken with is sisal - and just wondered if anyone has sisal carpet and knows how well it stands up against cat claws?

    It always seems to last well on scratching posts... but just not sure what a whole room in it would be like :)
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I am sure the cats would love a floor covered in sisal, LOL! :D I think they would treat it as one big scratch pad and threads would start to come loose fairly soon. Just my opinion. :D
     
  3. 1CatOverTheLine

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    I agree; mine would have it up in a matter of minutes.

    Stone, tile or hardwood are the three best options in a place with cats, and carpeting has far more health drawbacks than simply being a magnet for scratching.

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    My sister had it on the stairs. It stretches and is tough under foot. I have 2 large mats . The cats love them for clawing. They were made to fit. image.jpg
     
  5. Psygon

    Psygon Yoshi Tonks! :-)

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    So this is what I thought, but then when reading some stuff online it seemed to be recommended for people with cats :eek:

    So figured I would ask :)
     
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    I wouldn't have it on a big area as you would find it uncomfortable to sit on and isn't warm like ordinary carpet. You have to get it stretched back when it sags. Just a note that it's akward to clean if they poop or vomit on it.
     
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    Psygon Yoshi Tonks! :-)

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    So the majority will end up being wood floors (or painted floorboards... where are rooms are too wonky for wood floors). I just kinda want a carpet in a couple of rooms. Maybe we should just go wood everywhere we can and paint in the other rooms.
     
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    I would have a mix . How about a hall done in sisal but not stairs. I have plain carpet and have s few large offcuts in case we need to cut a bit out.
     
  9. 1CatOverTheLine

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    Personally, I wouldn't have carpet, though I do like rugs for the feeling of warmth they convey. There are countless options today with area rugs which are specifically machine washable, e.g.:

    http://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring-Rugs-Area-Rugs/Machine-Washable/N-5yc1vZarjgZ1z0scra

    though many larger (nine feet by twelve feet and up) area rugs will require a commercial capacity washer.

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  10. huckybuck

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    Gosh I forgot how much I liked Home Depot lol!!

    A hardwearing twist would be my choice - not velvet - but fairly short pile with flecks in the colouring.

    That way if the cats did scratch you can trim easily and pull the odd tuft out too.
     
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    I also love the look of sisal but was advised against it by the man in the carpet shop for the main reasons that @bluecordelia advised; hard to clean up "accidents", the cats like to scratch it and also they get their claws stuck in it! Personally I like real wooden floors, especially parquet, but OH says they feel colder than carpet (underfloor heating a bonus!). They do apparently attract dust bunnies though.
     
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    My two love it to scratch but as it's to stop dirt tracking in I don't mind. A good old fleck in a carpet hides a multitude of sins!
     
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  13. Psygon

    Psygon Yoshi Tonks! :-)

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    Maybe I will go for a mix... the room I'm thinking about putting carpet in is multipurpose and big (10m x 6m). One end is our living room, the other end has my computer in and the cat play area (basically an empty space...). I wanted carpet because the cats throw themselves about like loons jumping for toys etc. Maybe I could carpet the cat side...

    Bit of a mess at the moment as we have just had the ceiling replastered :)

    Current carpet has been down 25 years and has lasted well... but due to various bits of work we've had done, it's been cut into pieces!

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    Psygon Yoshi Tonks! :-)

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    Hoping to get parquet in one of our rooms :) Really like it and think it would look stunning.
     
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