Drama anyone? My cats are generally very sweet and calm. They love to nap next to me as I work and they almost never say no to playtime. What is the exception? When I have to clip their nails. As soon as the clippers come out, you would think I was trying to torture them. Zen Clipper® is new product that can help change that experience and keep the kitties calm even during pawdicure time!
Clipping Your Cat’s Nails
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Why clip your cat’s nails at all? Scratching is a natural, healthy part of feline behavior. They scratch to stretch certain muscles and as a way to mark territory. Clipping your cat’s nails is the humane way to keep your cat’s claws from damaging your furniture and to make them gentler on your skin.
The tricky part of clipping your cat’s nails is trimming only the sharp tip of the nail. Inside the nail is an area known as “the quick”. The quick is a blood-filled area within the nail that can not only bleed but cause your cat some pain if it is punctured.
What is Zen Clipper ®?
Zen Clipper Sizing Card
Zen Clipper is a new brand of nail clippers designed to give the perfect trim to your cat’s nails! Designed in the USA, their patented conical stainless steel blade works well for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and small animals too. The cushioned non-slip handle help the Zen Clipper to fit comfortably and steadily in your hand.
The size of the blade allows only a pre-determined amount of nail to fit inside to be trimmed. With the correct size, you will never clip the quick of your cat’s nail again! Also, the round shape of the blade matches the shape of a cat’s nails in such a way that it will not crush the cat’s nail like other clippers may do.
To ensure that you get the right size Zen Clipper, you can order a size card directly from the Zen Clipper website. When you get the card, poke your pet’s nail through the holes in the card to find the right fit. If you order the wrong size Zen Clipper, they will happily exchange them for the correct size. Available sizes include:
For small birds, kittens, ferrets, reptiles, and small animals.
This size works for most cats!
For larger cats, larger birds, puppies, large reptiles, and very small dogs.
For small dogs and larger puppies.
For dogs from 20 – 40 lbs
For dogs from 25 – 50 lbs
For dogs from 25 – 50 lbs with thicker nails
Visit the Zen Clipper website to purchase your Zen Clipper or to find them in a store near you. Please check out the Zen Clipper Facebook page to keep up with all of the latest news and products from Zen Clipper!
My Experience with Zen Clipper
As previously mentioned, my cats are not big fans of having their nails clipped. Manna and Dexter will allow my husband, Dave, and me to do the job, but they protest the whole time. There is a lot of meowing and trying to pull their paws away. Typically, we only clip 1 or 2 nails at a time. It is important to us to give the cats the best experience possible so that they will continue to trust us enough to allow us to clip their nails.
Most of the time, Dave is the one who clips Manna and Dexter’s nails. I have hand tremors, so I’m always nervous that I will twitch at the last second and cut into the quick. I don’t want to cause my kitties any undo pain. Dave’s hands are much steadier.
When our Zen Clipper came in the mail, the first thing I did was check the size. The Zen Clipper came with a size card. Since I had ordered the XS pair, I placed a nail through the XS hole in the card. It was the perfect size for both cats! It did not slip up to the quick in either Manna or Dexter’s nails.
The next step was to give a nail a trim! I was able to easily clip Dexter’s nails. The Zen Clipper felt like a really nice pair of scissors in my hand. They stayed put and didn’t slip around my hand. The hole fit easily over the cats’ nails and clipped them cleanly. One thing I really liked was that the Zen Clipper is very quiet. They don’t make that metallic creaking sound that most clippers make. Dave also tried the Zen Clipper. He was able to get a number or nails very fast (without clipping the quick).
We would definitely recommend Zen Clipper to any cat owner. Our cats have not suddenly begun to love having their nails clipped, but Zen Clipper did ease our anxiety in doing the clipping. We’ve been able to clip more nails much faster than we did with other clippers. These are great for anyone with hand tremors, problems with close-up vision, or any other anxiety about clipping the quick.
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