How to fix damage from cat on rug?


Hi all, We rescued a cat last summer and she still has claws. She tends to clench her paws while sitting on my bathroom rug, which has a rubber backing. While she hasn't made long slits in it, there are some puncture marks. I'm afraid to wash it, because I know what a mess it is when these fall apart. Do you think putting rubber cement or anything else would make my rug washable again? Any cat owners have suggestions for rugs that are cat proof in the bathroom?? Thanks in advance!!

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 15, 2018

    I'd just get another rug. Too much effort to try to fix. Thank you for rescuing .

  • Cheryl Gillman Cheryl Gillman on Sep 15, 2018

    You could try using E6000 glue on the holes to stop any fraying, or fabric glue. Can't guarantee either will work but I found both work for me to stop fabric from continuing to fray after cutting

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 16, 2018

    First off Kathy, thank you so much for giving the purr baby a loving home  Most cats prefer fluffy high-pile rugs for digging their claws into, so a flatter weave might be better. The other thing you can try is to buy a wooden bathroom mat and place it on top of the rubber backed one. That way your purr baby won't be able to claw the mat. Best of luck I hope she brings you many happy years of love and furry cuddles

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    • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 16, 2018

      Yup it's quite horrible. I can just imagine if they pull all my nails out, eeeeew. Have you tried making up a mixture of boiled citrus peels mixed with water and spraying it on the areas where she likes to claw. Kitties don't like the smell of citrus and it might make her move somewhere else. You can also try making her a scratch pad, just glue some of that fluffy carpet she's so fond of an a piece of wood or even wrap some rope or twine on the wood, spray it with something that cats love, like catnip or even olive oil. Here are a few more smells that cats really like. She might be more partial to one of them. -

  • 1240839 1240839 on Sep 16, 2018

    Yup, give that rug to cat for scratching on, treat yourself to a new rug.

    Squirt bottle works wonders to keep cats in line.

  • Ton7323678 Ton7323678 on Sep 16, 2018

    Our kitty loved the dinning room rug to scratch and claw. So when the rug got really bad, I got a new one but I cut a huge piece of the old rug out and left it for him to claw and scratch to his delight. This is his rug. He sits on it, claws it, and scratches all he wants and doesn't get scolded. Get the kitty his own rug!! Thank you so much for giving a loving home to a kitty.