Best Cat Nail Clippers UK

This guide was written by Joe Francis
Updated: October 30, 2020

Clipping your cat’s claws is one of those procedures that most cat lovers don’t look forward to. It’s a straightforward procedure, but the tough part is getting your cat to relax and stay still. Fortunately, cat nail clippers and files have simplified the art of trimming your cats claws so you can quickly do it in the comfort of your own home.

In this guide, we've tried and tested some of the different options available to you, explain what you should consider, and review the best cat nail clippers available in the UK.

Best Cat Nail Clippers

We have picked out our favourite cat nail clippers and files from this guide. You can read our full reviews here

Best Cat Nail Clippers

Top Pick

We love the Shiny Pet Cat nail clippers - so much so that we use them on our cats. They are extremely comfortable to use and make a very clean cut on your cats nails to make the nail cutting process quick and easy. For the price and performance they are excellent value for money for both cats and kittens.

Read our full review here.

Best Nail Clippers for Large Cats

Best for Large

If you have a larger cat, the gonicc Cat & Dog nail trimmers could be the perfect option for you. These are a slightly larger set of clippers, but they come with excellent grip for cutting control, and super sharp blades to ensure a clean cut. We loved the safety guard on these clippers to prevent cutting too much of the cats claw and the addition of a nail file in the handle meant these ticked all of our boxes!

Read our full review here.

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What to look for when buying cat nail clippers

As cat owners we have a duty to ensure our cats are well groomed. Cutting a cats nails can be stressful for both the owner and the cat, so we've picked out the top features you should consider to make the process as easy and painless as possible.

  • Are the blades sharp and made of stainless steel to ensure a clean and quick cut
  • Do the clippers have sufficient grip to ensure you maintain control throughout
  • Do the blades have a small window to ensure you can see the cats claw throughout the process? 
  • Are the clippers easy to use and designed for cats?

Cat Nail Clipper Reviews

We have been through the top cat nail clippers available in the UK to find the best choice for your cat. We have not included any cat nail grinders as we are yet to find the perfect cat nail grinder that won't scare our cats.

1. Shiny Cat Nail Clippers

Summary:

If you’ve been hesitant in the past about cutting your own cats nails due to safety or stress reasons, the Shiny Cat nail clippers will eliminate that concern. The scissor design coupled with a window opening in the stainless steel blades ensures you maintain full control whilst cutting your cats claws. We use these clippers on our cats and find they provide the cleanest cut on the nail, and are the easiest to use. 

Key  Features:

  • A windowed opening in the blade ensures you can always see the nail whilst cutting
  • Ergonomic grip to ensure full control whilst cutting
  • Sharp stainless steel blade to ensure a clean nail cut
  • The perfect size for cutting a cats and other small animal nails
  • Lifetime money back guarantee

overall 

5/5

Quality

Quality of Cut

Ease of Use

Price

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2. gonicc Cat & Dog Nail Trimmers

Summary:

The gonicc cat and dog nail trimmers are extremely high quality and come with a safety blade to prevent you removing too much of the nail during trimming. The added nail file makes it easy to smooth off your cats nails after clipping. The downside of these cutters is their size, which makes them only suitable for larger cats and cats with thicker nails.

Key  Features:

  • Comes with a safety stop blade
  • Can be locked and unlocked to protect children
  • Includes a hidden nail file to smooth off nails after cutting
  • Non slip handles and lightweight for ease of use
  •  Window blades are slightly larger than other models making them ideal for large cats

overall 

4.5/5

Quality

Quality of Cut

Ease of Use

Price

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3. PetPäl Professional Nail Clippers for Cats

Summary:

Another great set of nail clippers for kittens and cats. The plier design and added ridges on the handles ensure you're able to maintain a firm grip and control during cutting. We like the added safety protective guard which helps to protect you from cutting too much of your cats nail at once. These clippers provide a clean cut and are a great choice.

Key  Features:

  • Optimised cutting angle for a clean cut
  • Small window in the blades to ensure you can see the claw whilst cutting
  • Ergonomically shaped grip for comfort and grip
  • Safety protective guard to prevent you from cutting your cats claws too short
  • Money back satisfaction guarantee

overall 

4.5/5

Quality

Quality of Cut

Ease of Use

Price

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4. OneCut Pet Nail Clippers

Summary:

The OneCut pet nail clippers are the best budget option on the market. Using a simple scissor design and providing grip for both right and left handed users these clippers offer you full control whilst cutting your cats claws. The clippers have a high quality stainless steel blade that is suitable for both cats and kittens. These clippers felt slightly weaker than others on this list, but were considerably cheaper. 

Key  Features:

  • High quality stainless steel blade with a small window to maintain sight of the nail at all times. 
  • Ideal for kittens and cats
  • Non slip grip to ensure control whilst cutting
  • Small and easy to handle
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed

overall 

4/5

Quality

Quality of Cut

Ease of Use

Price

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Why do you need to trim your cats claws?

    Cat claws need to be clipped for several reasons:

  • To prevent broken nails - when cat claws are left to grow too long, they may break when the cat is playing, and this can be a harrowing experience for any cat.
  • Comfort - Long claws are uncomfortable for your cat to walk in since they tend to curl inwardly.
  • To prevent damage - Cats love to scratch, and the long claws will damage your seats and carpet,
  • They can be dangerous - Long cat claws are dangerous to kids, and the last thing you want is your kids to end up with scratch marks and injuries from playing with the cats.

Tips for cutting your cats nails

Clipping your cat’s nails can be an exciting time to bond with your cat and it all depends on how well you prepare your cat for the clipping process. It is advisable to relax your cat first and make sure they are as comfortable as possible. Never try to clip your cat’s nails when they are agitated or anxious, it will only make it worse.

Make it a habit to regularly clip your cat’s nails. It will familiarise them with the process so that they won’t freak out at all. If you have kittens, take time to clip their nails too. Don’t wait until they are large cats so you can start cutting their claws.

Read all the instructions on how to use the nail clippers. You need to have a rough idea of how the clipper works even before using it on your cat. Make sure the blades are sharp to allow you to clip the nails quickly and the handles should be firm. If something does not feel right, don’t go ahead with the clipping process.

You would rather buy another clipper that you are comfortable using. Once you master how the simple nail tool works, it will be a lot easier to position the blades at the right angle, and that will facilitate a smooth nail clipping process.

Training your cat to be relaxed during claw trimming

When you are introducing your cat to having their nails trimmed it is best to approach it with praise and affection and try to avoid stress and strain.

Using the following tips helped us to train our cats to remain still during claw clipping:

  • Introduce claw cutting when your kitten or cat is as young as possible
  • Be gentle and introduce claw clipping when your cat is relaxed (we find it best when our cat snuggles up on our lap)
  • Make sure not to take too much of the nail off – nail clipping is generally pain free for your cat as long as you are only removing the tip of the claw
  • Use a sharp set of nail clippers to get a clean cut
  • Be comfortable holding your cat and clippers at the same time (or make sure that you have a helper to keep hold of your cat)

Prices last updated on 2020-10-31

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