When it comes to our pets, nothing gets in the way of their needs and we sometimes have to sacrifice our desires to suit them! Of all the elements of the interior, the flooring is the one that’s likely to take the heaviest beating from your pet’s claws. So, what are the best options that are both stylish and practical?

Practicality and Maintenance

Although we all dream of fluffy cream carpets, most of the time they’re just no good for our little critters. We already have enough to worry about and do without constantly worrying about our floors! So, with this in mind, we’d recommend luxury vinyl tiles as the best contender.

It is water, scratch and stain proof, highly likely to cope with whatever it comes up against, whether that be muddy paws or sharp claws! So, if your pet does do its business, or drop its food everywhere, luxury vinyl tiles will hold up against it all. Laminate is another worthy choice, with it being scratch, stain and water resistant – but it does require a little more maintenance. It is a cheap option however!

Both of these options are very easy to keep clean, with only a sweep and a mop a few times a week necessary. You don’t even need to especially go out and buy any special floor cleaner either, soap and water will clean up your pet’s paw prints fine!

Wood flooring looks stunning but is not the best option for our pets. It can scratch and stain, you might constantly find yourself running after your pet checking for damage. However, it can be sanded down ad refinished a number of times to remove any damage, which shouldn’t normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years!


The last thing we want to do is to be paying out for a new floor every five years, so it’s better to spend a bit more on a good quality floor in the first instance. Our floor is going to need to cope with our pets scrambling about the place! With this being said, wood flooring is one of the most durable options but of course we know that it can scratch and stain! Laminate and luxury vinyl tiles offer very impressive durability too, especially if you go for a good quality one.