We used to have a big rug on the living room floor, but it just wasn't the best rug for a house with as much cat traffic as we have, so I rolled it up, and out it went. That was about two years ago.
I brought in a throw rug to put in front of the couch so the girls would have a soft spot to lounge and the kittens would have a wrestling mat, which seemed to work just fine as a temporary solution.
I wasn't actively looking for a big rug, but last night while out shopping for other things, I stumbled across one that I thought would work perfectly. The colors were good, it matched our decor, and cats, too. Because it's a background for many photos of cats, it had to be in "cat friendly" colors.
It seemed as though it would withstand the wear and tear it would get from big and little cats. If someone yakked on it, clean up would be easy.
I took a few pictures, sent them to Craig, gave him a call and asked what he thought.
"Well, it's not the worst rug in the world" was his response, which means "Yes!" so found a clerk, and I brought it home.
I dragged it in the house, unrolled it, and put it into place. Of course Inspector Stout began her investigation immediately. I called for Charlene, who strolled into the room and immediately began using it as a scratch pad! She was redirected and placed on her scratch mat so she could complete her scratching and toe-stretching routine. She joined us on the rug when she done, flopped, and let out a huge sigh.
The girls LOVE the rug. Well, they love having a rug again. They spent the evening sprawled out on it, and we played a lot on it, too. We have carpet upstairs, and that's where they do most of their leaping after feather wands and toys, which is awesome, but I think they're pretty thrilled to have a spot downstairs for such activities. They're really seemed happy last night.
If I would have know it would bring them such joy, I would have brought in another rug sooner. I do feel a little guilty that I've been denying them this pleasure for the past two years. It makes me think, what else have I done that may have reduced their happiness? I do feel as though we consider them when we move furniture or make changes in the house, but I bet there are some things I've overlooked.
Here's happy Bean in the position we call "The Banana Boat".