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Can I Cut My Cat’s Nails with Human Nail Clippers?

The following is an excerpt from the Petfinder Blog.

Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Read all the Q&As she’s shared with Petfinder here.

Q: Can I cut my cat’s nails with a set of human nail clippers?

A: While it is not dangerous to use a human nail cutter it may cause the nails to split. This can make your job more difficult and may be painful for your cat.

Can I Cut My Cat's Nails with Human Nail Clippers?


All pet stores carry pet nail clippers. Investing in a good pair can save you a lot of time and money down the road. Be sure to purchase some styptic powder to cauterize the nail in case it is cut too short.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to Dr. Lauren at

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