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Question from Dorothy

We are planning to have the carpet removed in the house  due to our cat urinating on the carpet.  We are looking for non-carpet flooring that is cat friendly and low toxins.  Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. I have allergies. I am afraid of fixing one problem and causing another.


Lisa’s Answer


I usually recommend solid wood flooring with a non-toxic stain such as Rubio Monocoat, but that might not be the best option for a cat owner.  The Rubio Monocoat is a beautiful finish but it is not as durable as traditional finishes.  I have a dog and he does scratch the floor, but I am okay with that tradeoff.  For an engineered floor, I recommend looking at the options at The Green Design Center.  They test their products to ensure they are free of formaldehyde.


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