The Best Nail Clippers for Cats 2020 (+ Easiest to Use!)

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Cats do not generally like having their claws clipped but for some, it is necessary to be done. Which is why it is important to have the best nail clippers for cats, to ensure the process is as stressfree and simple as possible.

As a Veterinary Nurse I am extremely used to cutting cat’s claws and over the years I have tried many different types of cat nail clippers. Some I have liked, some I have found fussy and some I have outright hated. To ensure trimming your cat’s claws is stressfree for all involved it is important you have cat nail trimmers which are safe, quiet and of good quality.

This article contains:

  • The best cat claw clippers currently available
  • How to safely trim your cat’s nails
  • How to know if your cat needs their claws cut

The Best Nail Clippers for Cats

Aidiya Cat Nail Clippers

I will start with my favourites and my ‘go-to’ best cat claw clippers. These nail clippers are designed especially for smaller animals, so anything from cats to hamsters, meaning they are small all over and less intimidating for cats.

small blue and best nail clippers for cats

Pros: 

  • Designed for cats therefore smaller.
  • Do not have the ‘clicking’ noise when cutting like many larger nail trimmers – again making them more cat friendly.
  • Semi-circular indentation – easier to see where cutting, prevent any accidents.
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Cons: 

  • Not strong enough for dog nails – no use if a multi-pet household.
  • Petite nail trimmers – not as user-friendly for arthritic hands.

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Laika Cat Nail Clippers with Safety Guard

These are great cat claw trimmers for people who are newer to trimming nails or who are a bit cautious as they have a safety guard – something which is not always included.

Pros:

  • Safety guard – preventing cutting the nail too short or clipping the quick.
  • Designed for both cats and dogs – bonus if multi-pet household and you want to cut dog nails as well.
  • Easy to handle – well suited for arthritic or older handscat nail trimmer with file

Cons:

  • A bigger blade which can mean has the ‘clicking’ noise which some more timid cats may find scary.

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Laika Pet Nail Grinder

This a great option for someone who does not feel comfortable with actual clippers and prefers file their cat’s nails instead. I will say I do not think they will be suitable for all cats and you will probably need a confident, chilled-out cat to manage the vibrations.

cat nail grinder a good alternative to cat nail clippers

Pros:

  • Easy to use – no clipping involved just turn on and file
  • Quiet with low vibration
  • Comes with different adapters to suit different nail sizes
  • Holds charge for up to 20 hours via USB

Cons:

  • Timid cats may find the vibrations unusual or intimidating
  • Will not provide a ‘clean-cut’ like clippers will, potential to create a brittle nail.

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Pet Nail Trimmers with Safety Light and Guard

These claw clippers are pretty similar to the Laika Clippers but I have added them in as they have the bonus of a safety light, this is great again for beginners who may still be cautious of where exactly to cut on the nail to avoid going too short.

best Cat nail clipper with light

Pros:

  • Safety light and guard
  • Good size and easy to handle – perfect for older or arthritic hands
  • Designed for both cats and dogs – bonus if multi-pet household and you want to cut dog nails as well.

Cons:

  • A bigger blade which can mean has the ‘clicking’ noise which some more timid cats may find scary.

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The Ginger Cat House Pick:

Out of the top 4, I would recommend either the Aidiya Cat Nail Clippers or the Laika Pet Nail Grinder.

The Aidiya as it is my go-to nail clipper and I find them very user friendly. These are the best choice if you are confident in cutting cats nails.

The Laika pet nail grinder as it is very user friendly and a great alternative to traditional claw trimmers if you do not feel confident using them. However, if you find your cat is slightly timid they may find the vibrations slightly unsettling.

How to safely trim your cat’s nails

Ideally, you should get your cat used to having their nails cut from a kitten, this will ensure they get used to it from a young age and are in turn more amenable throughout adulthood.

However, I understand this is not always possible. If nail clipping starts during adulthood, you may need to be more persuasive in the form of treats as rewards or a favourite toy.

It is important nail clipping is as stress-free as possible for all involved, especially your cat. Not only will this keep everyone safe it will mean your cat is more tolerable of it in future. DO NOT stress or pin your cat to clip their nails, it is not worth breaking down the bond you have with them – if you cannot manage, book them in with your Vet or groomer instead.

Create a quiet environment and sit on your cat on your lap. Start with just holding their paw, once they are used to this you can begin to gently depress their toe, which will extend their claw.

If they tolerate this give them a treat. The more patience you show during this, the easier the whole process will be.

Once they are happy with their claws being extended you can begin to cut them. Cats have clear nails, which make them much easier to cut than dogs with dark claws.

Clear claws mean you can see the ‘quick’. The ‘quick’ is the pink area which extends from the nail base, the quick contains nerves and blood vessels – you must NEVER cut the quick.

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Snip only the clear part of the claw. It’s better to be cautious and cut less of the nail rather than risk cutting this area. If you do accidentally cut the quick, hold steady pressure to stem the bleeding continuously for a few minutes.  It may be advisable to purchase have ‘pet blood stop swabs‘ at home, just in case.

Take as much time as your cat needs to do each nail if you need to take a break between each paw, this is completely fine.

Remember to reward your cat for their good behaviour.

NEVER punish your cat for not cooperating or scruff your cat.

How to know if your cat needs their claws cut

Most cats which have access to the outdoors will sharpen their own claws while climbing trees, etc, therefore it is likely you will not need to.

If you have an indoor cat you will most likely need to trim their nails. Overgrown nails can grow into their pads which can cause a lot of pain and infection. I recommend checking your cat’s nails every 2-3 months. To assist them in the meantime ensure they have a good cat tower to encourage them to scratch and maintain in between.

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Senior cats will most likely need their nails trimmed, regardless of whether they have outdoor access. This is due to them not flexing their nails as frequently or being as active. When clipping claws of senior cats be extra gentle, they will often have arthritic joints which need more care.

Clipping your cat’s claws does not need to be stressful. Invest in good nail clippers for cats and remember, be patient and gentle!