Rugs that Cats Can’t Destroy [2023]

Has your rug become just but a pile of ugly and messy loose fibers with your furry feline friends around? Then it’s time you invested in rugs that cats can’t destroy. 

After all, cats cannot help their scratching-it a natural tendency. Moreover, your rugs so far haven’t been able to survive the cats’ sharpened daggers.  

Now you are probably wondering how you will get it right this time. Well, you will because we are here and understand how much of a daunting task hunting for rugs that cats can’t destroy can be. We have reviewed some of the best rugs that cats can’t destroy to make your shopping seamless.

Review of Rugs that Cats Can’t Destroy 

SAFAVIEH Madison Collection Trellis Accent Area Rug

You can always be sure of optimal quality with a Safavieh rug. So, if you are looking for that scratch-proof high-quality rug, you won’t go wrong with the Safavieh Madison Collection.

The rug is 65% polypropylene and a blend of jute, cotton, and polyester fibers. Polypropylene fibers are pretty difficult to loosen, preventing your cat from scratching into any loose fibers and destroying your beautiful rug. 

Another feature that you will love if you have some feline furry friends in your home is this rug’s slim pile height. It’s not too thick, preventing your cats from getting enough depth to dig in their claws. 

If you are worried about cleaning, it is one of the most forgiving rugs. Whether it’s simple dust or large stains, you can easily vacuum or spot clean it, and it will be as good as new. You will also love the fact that this rug does not shed. 

On the downside, however, this rug may fade eventually. Buyers have also complained that it has a foul smell in the first few days of use. You will need to air it out to rid your rag of the smell.


  • Tightly woven, preventing your cat from scratching out loose fibers
  • Slim pile height denies the cats a height suitable for digging in claws
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Does not shed


  • The rug may eventually fade
  • Has a foul smell the first few days of use

Antep Rugs Alfombras Modern Bordered Non-Slip Low Profile Area Rugs.

When you get a rug that fashionably complements your space and is still scratch-proof, you have hit the jackpot. The Antep Rugs are thick enough but not too thick or loose for cats to get their nails stuck in, making rugs run. It also features a rubber backing keeping your furry friends from destroying the carpet. 

On top of being scratch-proof, the rug has a classic, stylish color scheme and pattern, fashionably complementing any room in your home irrespective of the décor. 

The rug is also easy to clean and maintain, irrespective of the dirt it gathers. You can easily spot or vacuum clean it. What about its durability? This Antep rug is the epitome of durability. It is made from 100% polypropylene, allowing it to withstand the test of time in high and low traffic areas. 

Buyers have, however, complained that despite its ‘non-skid’ description, this rug skids. You can purchase a rug tape to hold it in place and enjoy the comfort of having a scratch-proof rug in your home. 


  • Scratch proof
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • A fashionable rug that can complement décor in any space.


  • The rug skids

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Brindle Tricolor Cowhide Rug

These lovely cowhide rugs are the perfect solution for your scratching cats. Most cats will barely show interest in a cowhide type of rug. The Brindle Tricolor Cowhide Rug is thin, again denying your cats the depth that they would love to make your lovely rug a scratching pad. 

Since it’s made from cowhide, it’s smooth, and there are no loose strands. Thus, your cats can’t destroy the rug. And it’s easy to clean even when there are dried-up stains. You can use shampoo, sweep it or vacuum clean it. We, however, recommend you vacuum with the hair and are not against it to prevent hair loss. 

You might think that a cowhide rug will come with a weird smell. Well, not the Brindle Tricolor Cowhide rug. It only has a leather-like smell, which is not overpowering in any way. 

Perhaps the only downside to this rug is its price. But, hey, it’s a luxury rug. You will enjoy every bit of your penny from having this amazing product in your home. 


  • Thin and smooth ensuring the cats can’t destroy it
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • It has no weird smell


  • The rug is expensive

ReaLife Rugs Machine Washable Rug

If you are looking for a rug with an extra small pile, then the ReaLife Rugs Machine Washable Rug is your perfect find. This flat-woven rug is thin, with only a small pile denying your cats the height needed to scratch your rugs.

Another feature that you will love about this indestructible rug is it is non-shed. We will all agree that no one enjoys cleaning after a shedding rug. You don’t have to do what you don’t enjoy with this one.

The rug also features a non-slip backing ensuring that it does not dance all over your space. Your cats can play on the rug all day and night long without it moving an inch. 

You might hate that the edges fray after a short while, allowing cats to destroy the edges more.


  • Flat-woven with no pile 
  • Machine washable- easy to clean
  • Non-shed
  • Non-slip


  • Edges may fray after a short while

nuLOOM Elijah Natural Seagrass Farmhouse Area Rug

When you purchase the nuLOOM Elijah Natural Seagrass Farmhouse Area Rug, you hit two birds with one stone. Your cats get a personal scratching pad, and you get a beautiful yet casual natural fiber addition to your floors. 

This rug provides enough height (0.2 inches) for your furry friends to claw on. However, the strong seagrass fibers are tightly woven, ensuring your cats can’t destroy the rug. These strong seagrass fibers also make it a durable option, ensuring you don’t go back to rug-hunting any time soon.

It’s an easy-to-clean rug as you can spot-treat mild stains and vacuum clean it for deeper cleaning. 

However, you may need to pair it with a non-slip rug pad to keep it in place. You may also hate that it feels a little bit rough underneath your feet.


  • Tightly woven
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable 


  • The rug is prone to slipping
  • The rug is not soft on your feet

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We know the feeling of constantly cringing when your cats dig their claws onto your rug. But, you no longer have to cringe. Or compromise the elegance of your home or the comfort of your cats.

You can have both with the knowledge you have gained on rugs that cats can’t destroy. Be sure to look at the thickness and the tightness of the weave when rug hunting. 

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