I was just wondering what your opinion is on the best tool to clip a cat's claws. Would you use a nail clipper specifically for cats or one for humans? I've seen both used but since I will be starting to do this in the near future (the vet showed us how today) I want to make sure the best and most comfortable method is used.
TIA

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

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I was just wondering what your opinion is on the best tool to clip a cat's claws. Would you use ... future (the vet showed us how today) I want to make sure the best and most comfortable method is used.

You want the scissor-style clipper designed for cats/small dogs. Not the guillotine clippers. The scissor style are safer, and unlike human clippers they don't have as much of a chance of crushing/splitting the new sheaths under the old.
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on 09 Jan 2004:
You want the scissor-style clipper designed for cats/small dogs. Not the guillotine clippers. The scissor style are safer, and unlike human clippers they don't have as much of a chance of crushing/splitting the new sheaths under the old.

Have you a pic of the type you recommend? The one I use is scissor-like but with a guard outside of the cutting blades so you can't put too much of the claw into it and it only allows cutting off the point. And the scissor blades are rounded and thick for leverage.

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I have one of these, it works great. I tried the human clippers once.. it didn't work too well, and it was hard to get enough of the claw into the clippers.
Jon
on 09 Jan 2004:

You want the scissor-style clipper designed for cats/small dogs. Not ... a chance of crushing/splitting the new sheaths under the old.

Have you a pic of the type you recommend? The one I use is scissor-like but with a guard outside ... into it and it only allows cutting off the point. And the scissor blades are rounded and thick for leverage.

From an old post (link has a pic to the scissor clippers):

My experience is that the more you do it, the more they get used to it.
Good technique and tools are esssential. I like to use the small, blunt-nosed, notched, scissor-like clippers (Groommax Cat Nail Clippers http://www.petsmart.com/products/product 19480.shtml, as they are less obtrusive and easier to handle. (You may need to cut and paste the link to get it to work). I've trimmed claws on hundreds of cats (used to be a groomer), and those work for me. You will eventually find a set of tools and a routine that works for you, if you stick with it long enough. Also, the vet can give you lessons in technique if you need them.
The method I use is this:
While standing, place the cat on a folded towel, on an unfamiliar++ table, with his head to your left. Put his body close to yours so that you can lean to the outside (furthest from your body) and clip first the fronts, and then the backs (or vice-verse - I do both). When clipping the fronts, I pull the paw up and out, and kinda behind their head, so that if they do try to bite, they have to go past their own arm to do so, which gives me enough time to get away. When clipping the backs, I just pull the foot out, or in some cases, I gently flip it back. As I do the backs, I block the head with my arm and elbow, so that the cat can't reach around and bite.

Flip kitty 180 degrees (this is why you have him on a towel), and repeat the procedure on the other side. Let go, and watch him fly! ;o)
-L.
on 09 Jan 2004:

You want the scissor-style clipper designed for cats/small dogs. Not ... a chance of crushing/splitting the new sheaths under the old.

Have you a pic of the type you recommend? The one I use is scissor-like but with a guard outside ... into it and it only allows cutting off the point. And the scissor blades are rounded and thick for leverage.

From an old post (link has a pic to the scissor clippers):

My experience is that the more you do it, the more they get used to it.
Good technique and tools are esssential. I like to use the small, blunt-nosed, notched, scissor-like clippers (Groommax Cat Nail Clippers http://www.petsmart.com/products/product 19480.shtml, as they are less obtrusive and easier to handle. (You may need to cut and paste the link to get it to work). I've trimmed claws on hundreds of cats (used to be a groomer), and those work for me. You will eventually find a set of tools and a routine that works for you, if you stick with it long enough. Also, the vet can give you lessons in technique if you need them.
The method I use is this:
While standing, place the cat on a folded towel, on an unfamiliar++ table, with his head to your left. Put his body close to yours so that you can lean to the outside (furthest from your body) and clip first the fronts, and then the backs (or vice-verse - I do both). When clipping the fronts, I pull the paw up and out, and kinda behind their head, so that if they do try to bite, they have to go past their own arm to do so, which gives me enough time to get away. When clipping the backs, I just pull the foot out, or in some cases, I gently flip it back. As I do the backs, I block the head with my arm and elbow, so that the cat can't reach around and bite.

Flip kitty 180 degrees (this is why you have him on a towel), and repeat the procedure on the other side. Let go, and watch him fly! ;o)
-L.
I never clip the claws. I don't think it's necessary and I doubt if they would let me do it anyway! The old sheaths fall off naturally.
-MIKE
I use a little scissors made especially for cats. I have found, for me anyway, this is the easist tool to use.
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