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When it comes to choosing pet-friendly flooring, you’ll need to think about materials, texture and color. You’ll want to choose durable flooring that fits your personal style. It’s also important to choose flooring that won’t be tough on your animals. In general, avoid very slick flooring as animals may slip and slide on it. This is especially problematic for dogs and cats as it may affect their hips.

Vinyl

New, luxury vinyl flooring is also a great choice for pet owners. This type of flooring is incredibly durable and resists both scratches and water damage. It tends to be soft to walk on, so you can also rest assured that your pets will be comfortable when you choose vinyl.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors may look nice, but they’re a bad choice for pet owners. Pet nails may scratch or mar the floors. Potty accidents can also result in unsightly, stinky stains that are difficult to remove. If you want the luxury of hardwood without its pitfalls, go with bamboo. Bamboo is incredibly strong and resists pet stains.

Carpet

There’s no doubt that carpeting is the worst choice for pet owners. While carpets may be soft, they soak up accidents quickly. This means that carpets are susceptible to serious odors and staining. Pet hair can also collect in carpeting, causing problems for those with allergies and asthma.