Most laminate flooring is considerably more scratch resistant than hardwood flooring, but it still scratches and wears when exposed to pet nails.
Yes, to some extent you need to pay a little more attention to your hardwood floors than say, a ceramic floor. Proper maintenance and using the proper cleaning products will greatly add to your floor’s life. Once you get used to its care requirements, you will likely find that it is a very forgiving floor to live with.
The good news about ceramic tile is that in the event a piece is damaged it can be extracted and replaced without being an obvious repair.