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At home we have a puppy King Charles and a Collie and both seem to need constant preening! I usually took our Collie to the vets to get her nails trimmed because they seem to get long very quickly. I usually spent about 20 euro every two months for the pedigree pedicures.
This is what spurred me to buy this item when I saw it in pet shop. It cost just 9 euro and compared to what I was paying at the vets far too often I thought I would give it a go. Even though I must say I was nervous about using such an instrument on my dogs but the lady in the shop assured me that it really was not as daunting as it seemed coming at your dog with a scissors!
The clippers themselves are black and red in colour and resemble a scissors but the tip of the clippers is round and designed to fit around a dogs nail. You just squeeze the handles together once the nail is in the clipper and this cuts the nail straight off. At first I was terrified the dogs would move and I'd cut them but they remained perfectly still and have never caused me any grief. They seem to enjoy the pampering. Although I can never get my puppy to sit still enough to use these but luckily its not essential to cut her nails at the moment as they are not too long.
These are a great pair of clippers and I would highly recommend these for dog owners that find themselves having to go to the vet on a regular basis to trim their dogs nails. Doing it yourself with these clippers will be a lot cheaper to do at home. They may take a bit of confidence building at first but once you have cut a few nails you will be flying!
I have two house cats, although I call them house cats, they do go outside during daytime but come in at night (actually trained to the whistle!!!), anyway, because they spend a lot of time indoors, their nails inevitably get quite long and sharp at times. Now, one of my cats actually enjoys having her nails trimmed by my ginger mog absolutely hates it - she sounds like she's being murdered when I do it!!! These trimmers are really good because of several reasons; the shape of the handles with the extra finger support mean that your fingers don't slip out of place when you're using them, the red bits are also soft grip which helps when you are grasping the scissors quite tight. They are quite easy to use, even though cutting your cat claws can be quite an art to hold the cat and it's paw at the same time!!! With practise it gets easier, but these are definately the tool for the job!
I have used these clippers a few times and they do work. They look like a pair of scissors with shortened blades and indented cutting surfaces.
You have to know what you're doing for the sake of the animal and yourself!
Animal claws have veins and nerves running part of the way up them. You need to be able to see where the dead part of the claw is otherwise you are going to inflict a lot of pain on your poor animal if you clip the living (quick) part. Imagine what it's like when you accidentally tear your nail down to the bed! Ouch! Well animal claws are no different! So great care has to be taken with the clippers.
Having said that, even taking great care and not clipping too far up the nail you have to be clipping the claws of an animal that is either.......
B. Dead drunk.
C. Able to meditate and as chilled out as a Buddha.
Any normal animal won't let you near them with these clippers more than once!
They seem to really dislike the sensation and many animals don't like to be held as tightly as you need to, to prevent accidents happening.
If you are clipping the claws of a full grown cat, it is best to wear full body armour and have an anaesthetic close at hand. The anaesthetic will be for you, not the cat. The last time I used these on a cat I got a full body acupuncture session (with a few tribal cicatrices thrown in for good measure) courtesy of said cat. The cat of course was perfectly unharmed, which was more than I was! I managed to get four claws cut before I gave up through loss of blood! (Mine, not the cat's) It was an object lesson in exactly why cat's claws need clipping!
Dogs are easier but only if you capable of shutting your eyes to their pathetic reproachfull looks and martyred air. I swear my Labrador looked woundedly at me for months afterwards. Every time I went near the drawer the clippers were in, she hid under the stairs.
The clippers work well, they don't hurt the animal if you take care and do it properly, the problem is the animals just don't like them one bit.
Looking at the clippers it seems to me that they would be very difficult to use safely if you are left handed. The shape would be wrong to apply the pressure needed if you use them the right way up. If you turned them over to fit your hand you would not be able to see the claw accurately enough because the cutting edge is indented. I don't know if a left handed pair is available, I doubt it though.
The pair that I have are identical to the picture above. I have tried the ones where the claw fits through a hole in the cutting edge and is sheared off. I would not reccomend this type because they are difficult to manouvre around the claw. They are hopeless for canine dew claws. Or perhaps I am a bit inept with them. Anyway I couldn't use them easily.
You can use toenail clippers for smaller animals if you are careful. The problem with these is that they can make quite a loud clicking sound and that can startle an already nervous animal.
My clippers cost £4.50 a few years ago from the local pet shop. They still look fine but that might be because they hardly ever get used. We try to keep the animal's claws short naturally. Getting the dogs to play 'fetch' up and down the road we live on keeps their claws shorter. A good scratching board will do the same for cats. The clippers are a last resort and of course, useful for overlong dew claws which can't be worn down because of their position.
I have never tried them on smaller animals than cats and dogs but I can't see why they wouldn't be just as efficient. At least a hamster couldn't really maim you whilst trying to escape!
(If anyone knows of a way of me clipping cat's claws without me needing a blood transfusion afterwards could you please let me know!)
I have two tabby kittens. They are indescribable. But I shall try.
I got two kittens from a lady locally and they have by far not been easy.
That isn't to say I wouldn't have changed one thing about them or how things happened. I love them to bits. I actually have one (the girl) on me right now. No joke.
These kittens had had quite a traumatic first few months in their previous home but I was determined that these kittens would one day love me like I love them. When we got them, she was hissing and spitting at anyone who came near her, she also fairly shy. Eventually after about a month of perseverance she has now become my personal companion, she follows me around, talks to me and sleeps with me. Of course I love him as much as her and he sleeps with me too (on my bed) but he was always the little excited one. And he will come to anyone if you have food.
I suppose you just really want to hear about the claw clippers, so I will now explain. My neighbour found out that we hadn't cut their claws and was determined that she would. I said to her, as nicely as I could, that I didn't want her to choose and I said no. To cut a cats claws is a) a major drawback for them and can make it also impossible to climb for them but b) I found it sort of sweet that their claws are so pointy. Sure it hurts when they decide they are hungry and your foot looks fairly tasty. But love hurts right, and I for one prefer them to be as natural as possible and wouldn't want to do something that they wouldn't want if they could talk.
The ones I were going to try were green and pretty much like scissors apart from at the end it is designed for cat's claws. They cost less than a fiver and are fairly easy to use so long as your cat lets you.
So I say, just don't bother, let them be, unless it particularly annoys you or you are allergic to their scratches.
Recently while buying some bits on zooplus.co.uk I decided to have a look at the claw clippers. One of my boys (cats) has claws that always get too long, this is in part because they are indoor cats except for the garden and also he just seems to grow claws really quickly.
For a number of years my partner and I have been giving the lad in question a pedicure with human nail clippers which has worked fine but I thought it was high time he had a pair of his own.
These claw clippers are only about 4 inches long, have stainless steel blades and black and red plastic handles as in the picture. The holes for finger and thumb are plenty big enough even though these clippers are small and my partner is fine with them so big enough for a man to use. The blades have semi-circles missing from each side which is where the tip of the claw is placed to clip it. They were on offer for £2.59 so I thought if they were useless when they arrived it wasn't a waste of too much money.
It didn't really specify which animals these clippers were for on zooplus and there were 2 reviews from people saying they'd used them on guinea pigs etc but as you only take off the very tip of cat's claws it's not necessary to have a huge pair of clippers. These clippers are obviously fine for guinea pigs etc and cats but I don't know about dogs, perhaps very small dogs.
When clipping cat's claws you have to avoid the tissue under the claw and must make sure you only clip the very ends which are just claw and don't contain any of this tissue or it's very painful for the cat. If you aren't sure how to do this I'd advise getting a vet to show you but as we know how to clip them correctly we do it ourselves.
The clippers arrived at the same time my lad was starting to make a tapping noise on the laminate flooring and his claws were beginning to get stuck in any material he walked on which is a sure sign they are too long.
My lad is used to having his claws clipped and I think he quite likes it too! I have shaky hands so I hold him while my partner does the clipping. Because he's fine with having this done I just hold my boy in my arms like I'm cuddling him and he sits very still (he's very clever!) and has a bit of a purr during the process but other cats may need to be wrapped in a towel to get them to sit still, you don't want them to move as you clip!
So, I got my lad in my arms and handed the clippers to my partner and the pedicure began. I noticed immediately these clippers speeded up the clipping and my partner was rapidly onto the second paw. I asked him how well they cut and he said they were very good, clipped the claw easily and made the job quicker because he could see what he was doing better.
They also worked much better than human nail clippers for the back feet because you don't have much room to work with when clipping the claws there so you need a small instrument to be able to do them.
About 5 minutes and all four paws later my lad was free to go, no tapping or getting caught in material and off he went to try out his new neat feet! I looked at the claws later and the ends are of course no longer pointed (that doesn't last long, they soon develop the pointed tip again) but there were no signs of brittle flaking as sometimes seen after using the human version.
So these little claw clippers are a hit, they clip through the claws easily and quickly, make the task easier because they are convenient to use and don't get in your line of vision and don't cause brittle sections afterwards.
My boy is happy with his claws, he can now sneak up on me in the bedroom because he isn't tapping on the laminate flooring and he doesn't get his claws stuck in his beds when he's having a "love in" with them. Excellent.
Grooming clippers designed to cut a cat or dog claws