Best Carpet for Pet Owners: My Tortoise Eats the Carpet

My tortoise eats the carpet.

Yup, you’ve read that correctly.

My tortoise pulls out carpet fibres by biting and pulling, especially the edges of the carpet so that it frays and comes out of the metal strip of the carpet cover. I obviously try and stop him but he just manages to sneak out of his room (that has laminate floors) and munch the corridor’s shaggy flooring.

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this isn’t to worry you about my crazy tortoise (I mean, is this at all normal with domestic tortoises??) but to share my woes and wisdom about carpets and pets.

I worked for Carpetright for two years, where I wrote a lot of their product descriptions for the site amongst other digital marketing things so I’m going to share my wisdom in regards to what carpets are best if you have pets.

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Best Carpet for Pets – Tips & Advice

Stain resistant carpet: man-made materials usually last longer and are much easier to clean and prevent from damage. For example nylon or polypropylene carpets are super stain resistant.

Cotton: it’s naturally stain resistant and also flame retardant so perfect for a busy family home but as it has naturally soft fibres too which means a higher price tag as well.

Look out for lifetime guarantees: flooring has become so developed these days that you’ll find carpets with lifetime guarantees and many years of stain resistant warrantee and promise.

No to Berber carpet: the loops are easy to snag because of the way they’re made – fibres in a line. The carpet can look great for years because it keeps its bounce but when it comes to cats or dogs claws – BEWARE. Ask for a cut pile rather than a loop pile carpet which a Berber is.

Yes to a twist carpet:  so if you pet hairs that drive you mad because they are everywhere, a carpet with tightly twisted fibres makes it easier to vacuum. It’s usually hardwearing too so check the label.

I am currently saving up to buy my new carpet from Carpetright. It’s funny because the previous owners bought all of the carpet currently in the house from there as well. Anyway, I’d like to thank them for asking me to write this post and hope that this has helped pet owners understand carpet types better so that it’s easier to choose the right one for the home 🙂

Have you ever had carpet ruined by a pet? If yes, how? If not, how do you prevent pet damage?


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

1 Comment

  • April 29, 2016


    interesting post, nice tortoise 😉