Buying and Using The Best Cat Nail Clippers For Your Feline Friend
Let’s be honest, when it comes time to clip your cat’s nails, it can get pretty nerve wracking for everyone involved. Many cats get nervous and uncomfortable during the nail clipping process. Regardless, it’s an important process that every cat owner must do in order to maintain their cat’s personal hygiene. Whether it’s your first time clipping your cat’s nails, or you’re a seasoned professional, here’s a few factors to consider when picking out and using cat nail clippers.
What style is right for you?
Cat nail clippers come in many different shapes, sizes, and styles. While most of them have their own merits, some may be a better fit than others. The most commonly recommended style of clippers is the scissor style. This style looks like a small pair of scissors but with special blades and rounded ends. These work great for beginners as the scissor handle should be familiar to almost everyone. Being familiar with the scissor clippers is necessary. If you are, you’ll be less likely to clip too much of your cat’s nail.
Although guillotine clippers may sound scary, they’re actually another great style that’s available to purchase that is relatively easy to use. These clippers look like a miniature guillotine that’s used to groom pets. The design features a small hole for you to slip your cat’s nail into in order to make a quick clip. The handles are different from the scissor clippers, but shouldn’t be too foreign to anyone who has used pliers before.
There are other styles of cat nail clippers available as well, but these two are the most common. Before purchasing any cat clipper, you may want to visit your local pet store or shelter to try out a pair and see if they’re comfortable in your hand. Remember, clipping your cat’s nails can harm your pet if you aren’t careful, so it’s extremely important that you have a pair of clippers that you’re familiar with.
Other factors to consider when purchasing cat nail clippers
While style and comfort are very important, there are a few other factors you should consider before purchasing your clippers. Some questions you may want to ask when shopping are:
- Does the manufacturer include a warranty?
Since nail clippers can wear out and break. It is important to know whether the company will offer a refund or replacement if their product doesn’t last.
- Do they come with any sort of safety features to prevent accidents?
These are sharp blades we’re talking about here. While it’s not likely that they will cause any life-threatening injuries, small safety features can go a long way to make sure no one gets hurt. Last thing anyone would want is to awaken the sleeping giant within your beloved cat. Your cat will not be so beloved anymore after that.
- Are they noisy to use?
A loud clipping noise can upset your cat during the process. Try and find a pair that’s quieter to use and it will make the process smoother.
How to actually use these things
Once you’ve picked out the perfect pair of clippers that will fit your needs best, here are a few helpful tips to consider before you begin clipping any nails.
First, practice holding the clippers and getting comfortable with them. Some professionals recommend using a piece of dry spaghetti to help simulate the process. You can even do this with your cat around to help them get adjusted to the noise of nail clipping. This will help everyone get ready and comfortable when it comes time.
Second, if your cat is naturally fearful of getting his nails trimmed, start by holding his paw for short periods of time then releasing. This will help your cat become more comfortable when it comes time for a trimming. Using a treat can be a great way to reinforce the positive behavior and encounter less resistance. Once your cat is comfortable letting you hold the paws, move on to individual toes. Once again, small treats can be helpful in this process.
Lastly, make sure the blade is sharp. This will reduce the likelihood of any accidents occurring while clipping your cat’s nails. If the blade seems dull or rusty, it’s time to buy a new pair!
It’s time to finally clip your cat’s nails
Although it may seem like a lot of prep-work just to clip your cat’s nails, in the long run, it will make life easier for you and your cat. Now that everything has been prepared, it’s time to begin! Start by placing your cat on your lap facing away from you.
Gently take one paw and press on a toe pad to help reveal the nail. Examine the nail to see how much you need to actually clip. Keep a close eye out for the pink part of the nail. This is known as the quick. It contains all of the nerves and blood vessels in the nail. Not the wisest idea to clip that part as it could cause serious damage to your cat!
If you accidentally clip the quick there is a special powder available for purchase to help stop the bleeding. Check your local pet store and keep some on hand whenever you’re clipping your cat’s nails. Once you’ve identified the quick, hold the toe gently, and trim the end of the nail with the cat nail clippers.
If your cat is uncomfortable, let him go and call it a day! If he doesn’t notice, trim another one. Usually 1-2 nails are enough in a sitting, as you don’t want to overwhelm your cat. Continue the process again in a day or two.
Ultimately, clipping your cat’s nails can be a long process. Our goal is to maintain the cat’s personal hygiene while also keeping him comfortable. This means that overall the process of buying clippers, introducing them to your cat, and trimming his nails can be a long, exhausting process.
Eventually, your cat should become more comfortable and it will take less time. Following this guide is a great way to help ensure that your cat has a safe and comfortable nail-cutting experience!