Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: November 1, 2022 by Crystal Uys


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Cats’ nails, especially when they’re kittens, are very sharp, and they don’t just hurt when they’re used on you, they can also damage furniture and carpet.  Having plenty of scratching posts and training your cats to use them will help with that aspect, but keeping cats’ nails trimmed is important for other reasons. Cats’ nails grow very fast, and if not trimmed, can grow into the pads of the paws, which is a very painful condition that will require veterinary attention.

The time to get your cat used to having her nails trimmed is when she’s a kitten. Play with her paws, squeeze the paw pads, touch the nails, but stop as soon as the kitten fights you or starts to bite at your hand. Eventually, as the kitten gets used to having her paws handled, you can start using nail trimmers especially designed for pets.  Do not use scissors, they can split your cat’s nails.

Why Zen Clipper makes nail trims easier

One of the things most cat parents worry about when trimming nails,and rightfully so, is cutting off too much, and cutting the quick. Even if you know to only take off the tip of the nail, if your cat moves while you’re trimming, there’s always a chance that you might cut off too much. This is where the Zen Clipper comes in.


The Zen Clipper is designed to only clip the tip of the nail. It has a patent-pending conical blade that slides over the tip of the cat’s nail. Once the nail is positioned in the hole, you clip. There is simply no way that you can cut the quick. It’s like putting the nail into a small funnel – only a limited amount of the nail will fit.

The Zen Clipper also features another interesting design element: a spring between the two sides limits how far the clipper can open. This is a pretty clever feature, because it gets the clipper ready faster to move on to the next nail than if you had to open and close the clipper manually.

Available in three sizes for cats

The Zen Clipper is available in three different sizes for cats – small, medium and large. It’s important to get the right size. Too small, and you’ll have to trim your cat’s nails more frequently than needed. Too large, and you’ll cut the quick. Most adult cats will probably need the medium size. Zen Clipper offers a downloadable sizing chart on their website so you can test which size you need for your cats. If the size you order turns out to not be the right size for your cats, they will exchange it for you at no extra charge.


Putting the Zen Clipper to the test

Ruby is pretty good about having her nails trimmed, but I’m always nervous after accidentally cutting her quick one time.

Normally, Ruby always reacts with a little grunt or even hiss with each clip. There was absolutely no reaction from her with the Zen Clippers. Not only did I not have to worry about hurting her, the whole nail trim session went much faster than it had in the past with regular clipper. The blade is super sharp, so you don’t need to apply a lot of pressure to cut.

Allegra is a bit more challenging when it comes to nail trims. She is not a cat that you can restrain, so I can usually only trim one or two nails at a time, and I have to catch her when she’s very relaxed. She will bite at my hands and pull her paws away if I’m not quick enough. The Zen Clipper was tremendously helpful because I didn’t have to worry about her jerking her paw away from me just as I was getting ready to cut. I’m sure that also cut down on Ruby’s reactions.

I absolutely love these clippers. I no longer worry about trimming Ruby’s nails, and even my “one or two nails at a time” trims with Allegra have become a little easier.

For more information about Zen Clipper, and to order, please visit their website.

The Zen Clipper is available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.

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FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature this product. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

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8 Comments on Review: Zen Clipper Cat Nail Trimmer

  1. These look to be excellent. I’m one of the cowards who wouldn’t attempt to clip cats’nails anyway so it’s always to the professionals for me – – seems to be worth it, and cats being cats they have their moments; as I say – I’m not very brave about this but fully endorse what you say about them and how easy it all looks

  2. Don’t forget their Goody-goody treat when your done with their nails. I get the easier cat done 1st, that way the other one not so hard to do n I crack the bathroom door too. I found out when I done Blu 1st that Vera started getting nervous when I have no problem with her. So, now she is first.

  3. In the photo is appears the clipper is going to take off a lot more nail than I would ever trim off. I normally only take off the tip. But super sharp so it can go faster sounds good.

    • In my opinion, that’s another advantage of these clippers, Cheri: you can take off more without having to worry about cutting too far, which means longer intervals between nail trims.

  4. Would you say these are the best clippers for anxious cats? I have one who will not let me trim his nails so I have to stress him out with a vet tech trip to get his trimmed.

    • You may need to take the approach I take with Allegra, Pennie: catch your anxious cat when she’s very relaxed, and trim one or two nails at a time. These clippers definitely make it less stressful for both cat and human.

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