If you’re the proud owner of one or more beautiful cats, then you might be looking for a flooring option that is going to suit them all. If you’re planning on upgrading and renovating part or all of your house, we’ve got some excellent flooring options to get you started!
But first of all, why do you even need to consider a cat-friendly floor? Cats can be pretty tough on floors, especially if you’ve got more than one. That means something like soft and fluffy carpet that might suit a non-pet household (what’s one of those?!) may not suit a house with cats.
Over time, your cat’s claws can leave scratches on floor surfaces. The occasional accident if you if your cat eats something that disagrees with them, or if they miss their litter box and leave a deposit on the floor instead, can leave expensive carpets stained and ruined. So, it makes total sense to find a flooring solution that’s kind to your cats as well as being tough enough to stand up to all that wear and tear.
We reckon that the most important considerations are that your flooring surface needs to be waterproof, and scratch resistant. With that in mind, check out our six favorite flooring options for households full of furry friends.
1. Tiles and Stones
Tiled and stone floors are the best option when it comes to a pet-friendly floor. They’re hardwearing and incredibly tough, so can cope with spilled food, litter box accidents and the occasional scratch with ease. As an added bonus, tiles and stones are both completely water resistant, easy to clean, and won’t stain.
The downside is that while they’re very hardwearing, they’re not that comfortable. Tiles can be cold and hard, so you probably won’t see your cat lying down for a rest on these surfaces. Some cats are likely to jump on the couch, but make sure that any tiled rooms also have a soft and cozy bed for your cat to relax in as well.
Of course, the perfect solution is to install radiant underfloor heating at the same time. If you do, then that combination is pure luxury but also easy to look after! And you might find your cat sprawled out on the warm floor in utter bliss.
2. Poured and Sealed Concrete
Poured concrete is hardwearing and can easily resist scratches and stains, as long as it’s been sealed correctly. It can look amazing in an industrial inspired space, although in a home with a softer vibe, it can look a little harsh. Adding soft beds and rugs for your cats to sit on is a great idea, as is installing underfloor heating if that’s within the budget.
3. Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring has come a long way in recent years, and modern vinyl flooring can be found as luxury vinyl planks (LVP) and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). They can be manufactured to look like hardwood, stone, or tiles, but vinyl is softer for your cat’s paws, and kinder to your budget than the genuine article.
Vinyl is very durable, so can be a great option in high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways. Most options are scratch-resistant, and some are completely waterproof, too. It’s also very easy to look after, and is pleasingly soft to walk on.
Cork is a natural wood product, which gives it the bonus that it’s also antimicrobial. That means it can help keep your home free from germs, which is always useful when you have pets running around the place. Cork is also soft and warm underfoot, so your cats will definitely appreciate the comfort it offers.
Cork isn’t completely scratch resistant, so under heavy use it can get slightly damaged. While it’s water-resistant, it’s not completely waterproof so if your cat does have an accident by the litter tray, or tip over their water bowl, be sure to clean it up sooner rather than later.
The slightly soft nature of cork means that it may become indented from pieces of very heavy furniture. When exposed to a lot of strong natural sunlight, it can also end up losing its color slightly, but that’s one of the joys of a natural product.
Believe it or not, bamboo is an extremely durable and pet-friendly flooring option. It’s extremely strong once it’s been shaped into planks, as well as being an eco-friendly option. As a natural product (bamboo is grass, not wood) it can get scratched if you’ve got particularly energetic cats who do a lot of running around, but on the whole it’s hardwearing for regular use.
Bamboo flooring is water-resistant, but not entirely waterproof. So, be sure to catch any spills and clean them up as soon as possible. Bamboo planks are available in all kinds of colors and designs, too, so you’re bound to find one to suit your style. It is quite an expensive option, but once installed will last for years.
Laminate has been around for years and years, so it’s a durable choice that’s not going out of fashion any time soon. Laminate keeps on improving in terms of appearance, so you can choose from a wide range of textures and patterns.
Laminate is stain-resistant and super easy to clean as a result, but it can be a little slippery for those pet paws. If you can, select a textured laminate that will give your cats little purchase and grip. Laminate floors can scratch, but due to the nature of the material, the scratches are less noticeable than for some other options.
Laminate is a great budget-friendly option as well, so if you’re looking to re-floor a large area then it’s a great choice.
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