How to Fix an Area Where a Cat Scratched the Carpet

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Give your cat a scratching post to prevent it from scratching up your rugs.

Cats scratch for stimulation and to work their claws, but this natural behavior is less than ideal when they practice it on your carpet. Cats’ claws snag on carpet and can even puncture straight through, leaving unsightly holes in your carpeting. While a large hole may require professional intervention, a small hole can be patched easily enough. Patch any hole as soon as you see it, so that it does not have a chance to get larger.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet adhesive
  • Fork
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Instructions

    • 1

      Draw a circle on a piece of paper using a pencil. The circle should be just large enough to cover the hole completely.

    • 2

      Cut the circle out with a pair of scissors.

    • 3

      Lay the paper circle over the cat damage.

    • 4

      Cut through the carpet around the paper circle, using a utility knife.

    • 5

      Remove the patch of carpet that you have cut out.

    • 6

      Cut a patch from another piece of matching carpet using the paper circle and the utility knife. You can use patch from a carpet remnant or a hidden area of the carpet. If you need to cut a patch from the carpet, consider cutting away a piece that is under the couch or in the closet.

    • 7

      Apply a layer of carpet adhesive to the bottom of your carpet patch, and press it into the hole where the cat damage was.

    • 8

      Allow the carpet to dry overnight. To encourage the seal, place something heavy on top of it.

    • 9

      Brush the fibers of the carpet and the patch together, using a fork.

Tips & Warnings

  • Part the carpet fibers before cutting the carpet patch. This gives you a plusher look.

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References

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