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I've used both & personally find the ones for humans easier to use.

I agree, they make it easier to see what I'm doing. I don't like the guillotine style clippers because you can't see exactly where the end of the quick is when you're clipping. Plus, since cat's claws are flat rather than round or with our cats, the claws on the front paws are flat and the rear ones are a little rounder it makes more sense to me to use a clipper designed for flat nails.
Question: When you say toilnail clipper, are you talking about the ones that look like fingernail clippers but larger in ... thick head? I use the cat scissors but I'm not happy with them because they just don't seem sharp enough.

I used to use the toenail clippers that look like larger fingernail clippers, but just bought a new fingernail clipper because I thought the one I was using was not too sharp anymore. I don't know whether there is a difference among brands of clippers as to which is sharper, but it does make a difference to me having a new, sharp blade.
It's true the toenail clipper is probably better for our largest cat's rear claws, which tend to be large and more rounded. Our other two cats have petite claws and I find the fingernail clipper works best with them. On the rear claws for the bigger cat, they are pretty blunt anyway so I really just cut off the very tip once a while, if it looks a little sharp.
Thanks, Yngver. I think I'm going to try the fingernail clippers I have. They're pretty sharp. I like the cat scissors because they're easy for me to use, but they are not sharp enough because it seems like they smash the claw a bit.
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I've used both & personally find the ones for humans easier to use.

I agree, they make it easier to see what I'm doing.

I like human toenail clippers for much the same reason(s). I've never missed and hit the quick with them, and they're larger than regular nail clippers, so I can easily clip the big boy's nails.

Guillotine (sp?) clippers make me nervous.

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Amber is 9 and Tiger is 4 1/2. They use the scratching post and frequently shed the outer husks (I ... clips their claws? -MIKEI would guess that cats in the wild suffer a bit from the claws being too long.

I haven't really been cutting either of my cats much though, at least until they do something to remind me. Usually that something is painful or expensive.
One is a long hair though, with hairy palms, and I've never managed to get more than two claws at a time. By the time I find them he's figured out what's going on and away he goes.
I agree, they make it easier to see what I'm doing.

I like human toenail clippers for much the same reason(s). I've never missed and hit the quick with them, and they're larger than regular nail clippers, so I can easily clip the big boy's nails. Guillotine (sp?) clippers make me nervous.

Guillotines are eevil. I don't know any groomers that use them on cats or dogs. The professional standard is the plier-style blunt-tipped clippers, and they work like a charm. I prefer them over human clippers because human clippers do not allow for very long claws to be trimmed in one clip, and they have a distressing tendancy to slip up or down the nail.
I use these clippers, and love them.
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Guillotines are eevil. I don't know any* groomers that use them on cats or dogs. The professional standard is the ... they have a distressing tendancy to slip up or down the nail. I use these clippers, and *love them. http://www.petedge.com/jump.jsp?itemType=PRODUCT&itemID=823

Those scare me, too. Emotion: smile
I'm no groomer, though, and my kids' nails never get overly long.

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I would guess that cats in the wild suffer a bit from the claws being too long.

IMO, they would not, as the claws would get trimmed from climbing trees. At least my Aunt's indoor/outdoor kitties never needed clipped until they got too old to want to go in the yard and climb trees.

'Course, it's not like I have a ton of experience with wild kitties. YMMV

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on 10 Jan 2004:

From an old post (link has a pic to the ... use the small, blunt-nosed, notched, scissor-like clippers (Groommax Cat Nail

Thanks, Lyn. I'm always on the lookout for an easier way to do this. Shadow, as you know is ... I'm going to try to pick her up. She climbed up on my lap tonight for the first time. Emotion: smile

The technique I posted is the one we used at the vet. It combines the element of surprise with handling the cat so that you don't get bitten. Of couse, some still tried to bite, but at least I could get away.
Peewee is my nail cat from hell. I have to totally catch him off guard, do one side and then let him go. Then I have to sneak up on him another day and do the other side. And I still haven't been able to clip my Basenji mix's nails but once. She's impossible!

-L.
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