The 6 Best Cat Nail Clippers for Quick and Comfortable Trimmings
Cats instinctively love to scratch and will do so as often as possible. In addition to providing your cat with plenty of scratching posts and scratching toys to satisfy her innate needs, it's also important to keep her nails at a comfortable length. Meaning, manis and pedis are a must for your feline friend to keep your cat's nails healthy, your furniture safe, and your skin scratch-free.
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How Often Should I Trim My Cat's Nails?
Not sure whether to trim your cat's nails every week, month, or six weeks? We turned to Jamie Whittenburg, DVM at Senior Tail Waggers and owner of Kingsgate Animal Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, for answers. "How often a cat's claws need to be trimmed varies from cat to cat and is affected by things such as age, health, and activity," she says. "Most cats will need their claws trimmed about once every two weeks. However, to keep the claws short and to aid the owner in remembering, it is often helpful to set aside a day each week (i.e. Sunday) when the cat's claws are clipped."
What to Look for in Cat Nail Clippers
There are endless nail clipper options, ranging from scissor-style to grinder-style. With so many different kinds out there for cats and dogs, it can be difficult to know if certain clippers are hit or miss and whether they'll clip—or break—your cat's nails.
"The best cat claw trimmers for your cat are the ones that you can effectively use and that the cat tolerates," Whittenburg says. "Personally, I prefer the scissor-style, as they may be used to trim the nails vertically or horizontally and allow for greater control by the operator."
When purchasing claw trimmers, Whittenburg recommends looking for:
- Quality construction
- Sharp blades
- A size that fits comfortably in your hands