How to Repair a Carpet Damaged by a Cat

Updated February 21, 2017

Most cat owners know that scratching is a normal part of cat behaviour. Unfortunately, sometimes cats can cause a fair amount of damage to your carpets and furniture. To minimise the damage, trim your cat's nails regularly and place scratching posts near areas where he likes to scratch. If the carpet damage is minimal, you may be able to repair it without calling in a professional.

Obtain a carpet remnant left over from the original installation, or cut a small piece from inside a closet or other hidden area in your home.

Use a utility knife to carefully cut away the damaged carpet. Take your time to ensure that you cut only the damaged area.

Place the replacement piece on top of the carpet and check the nap to make sure it is going in the same direction. One way to do this is to brush your hand across the carpet and the replacement piece to make sure they match.

Cut the replacement piece of carpet to the correct size and shape.

Place a dab of carpet adhesive on the back of the replacement carpet and tuck it in place. Hold it down for a few minutes to make sure it sticks.

Vacuum the carpet when the glue is dry.


When you're purchasing a scratching post for your cat, look for one made of wood or cardboard, instead of one that is covered with carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet remnant
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet adhesive
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Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.