Are cat and dog nail clippers the same? The same nail clipper can be used for both cats and dogs provided your pets are a similar size. Cats need small clippers, and these clippers are often useful for puppies and small dog breeds.
With dogs/cats it’s a bit different. Your nail consists of an outer part (which is like our fingernail) and an inner part (which is like our nail bed). In cats/dogs, all the nerves are in the inner part. When trimming your nails it is imperative that only the outer shell is trimmed.
There are many tools to trim a cat’s claws. Use the one that works best for you and your pet. Some people prefer special scissors modified to hold a cat’s claw in place, or choose pliers-like clippers or those with a sliding “guillotine” blade. But it’s okay to use human nail clippers.
For a kitten you can use human fingernail clippers or small pet nail clippers. Just make sure they’re sharp, as dull scissors can crush the nail, which can be painful. For now, just cut off the tip of each nail. Avoid the quick pink you can see in the nail.
Either the guillotine type or a human fingernail clipper are easiest to use on cats. The scissor type is used when a toenail is so long that it curls in a circle. Long claws can grow into the ball of the toes. Hold the trimmer in your right hand if you are right-handed.
What is Quick? The quick contains the blood vessels, nerves and other tissues that support a cat’s claws. With light-colored cat nails, it’s usually pretty easy to quickly see the triangular pink at the base of the nail.
If a cat’s nails are not trimmed regularly, they can curl up and grow into the pads of their feet, causing severe pain. Untrimmed nails can also pose a hazard to people and furniture, both of which can be injured by nails that are too long.
Also, cats naturally walk on their “tips” like ballerina flats, but declawing throws them off balance and forces them to learn to walk in a very different way, causing irreparable and painful damage on the spine.
Last but not least, and perhaps most importantly, there is a big difference in the blades. Human clippers use smaller, finer blades that cut closer to the skin, while dog clippers use thicker, longer blades that are designed to cut through coarser hair and not get as close to the skin .p>
A hair clipper is intended for bulk hair cutting over larger areas, but will not cut extremely close to the skin. On the other hand, a trimmer is designed for edging, contouring, dry shaving and light shaping on smaller areas like the nape of the neck, around the ears, around the sideburns, etc.