After the creaky old hardwood floor of our last apartment, I was excited to move into a concrete loft, though I wondered what the best pet-friendly flooring would be. My friend just got a very dark hardwood – the good stuff – and paid a small fortune, only to find out it’s actually the worst for showing scratch marks from her dog. In the daylight, her floor looks like a skating rink.
Although on top of that hardwood, we had an area carpet that Shorty loved. I’m not sure if it led to the weird sliding behaviour she exhibited as a kitten or if that was just normal kitten hood?
But carpet doesn’t make for very pet-friendly flooring; well, it actually might technically be but it certainly doesn’t look great after your cat has sprinted across it as many times as Shorty did. So I wondered what it would be like to live with concrete.
Many have asked if our floors are really concrete, and yes, they are! Some don’t understand this and opine that we can’t afford carpet or hardwood. On the contrary, many city-dwellers live in old factories that have been converted into residential units. This functional urban planning retains historical buildings and offers a unique floor plan — normally open-concept lofts — not offered in modern construction.
Our building is such a conversion and what you would call a “hard loft” as it is indeed an old factory — well, old for Canadian standards — with 14-foot ceilings and thick, concrete divisions between units, as opposed to a “soft loft” which is usually a new building that mimics conversion design. This is why we chose to move here so that I could have a grand piano without disturbing other residents — hard lofts are nearly sound-proof — and even hang gymnastic rings for working out!
And the cats love the cool concrete for laying out flat on their backs. Plus I never have to worry about scratch marks on a hardwood floor or the occasional hairball messing up the carpet. However, I would prefer hardwood floors which are much kinder to the feet — both human and feline — so either a renovation or a move is in the near future. If we do move, I’ll have to make sure we get a long hallway!
So let me know, what do you prefer? What works best for your cat? Do you have hardwood floors? Engineered hardwood? Carpet? Cork? Do your cats leave scratch marks on your floor? Let me know what type of flooring you think is best for cats. This will help me with my future decisions and also help out other readers who are wondering the same.
Here’s a simple vid of Bryan brushing Shorty where you can clearly see the concrete floor: