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Used this on a 9-week rescue kitten - worked a treat from day one!! I was a first-time cat nail trimmer and was a little nervous about the process (I've had dogs before and they HATED it). My hot tip - if you have the patience, go down the patient, gentle, stress-free and loving route.
In the week leading up to the grooming, I had bonding sessions with her, gently coaxing out her paws and practising pinching her toes while she was drowsy or grooming, so that we would both get used to it. If she yanked away, I followed or let go. After the clippers arrived, I had her in my lap and used them on a stick of dried spaghetti, again so that she would get used to the look and sound of the clippers.
I waited until she was falling asleep, just waking up, or busy grooming after meals, and seized these moments to get in there and get the job done. The snippers worked so well that she didn't feel it or even care most of the time. (As it turned out, snipping spaghetti was actually harder and louder than snipping her actual nails.) Having me hold her paw in place when needed was what bothered her more, but the snip itself didn't faze her one bit. There was hardly any sound.) In the end, she gave up and fell asleep halfway through. Once she passed out, I went to town and finished off all her nails in one go. AMAZING.
My advice is to make the cut quickly if you can, rather than cutting down on it slowly, to avoid an unclean cut (I was too slow on one nail, which ended up with a brittle cut). And also give lots and lots of verbal positive reinforcement (or treats if needed)!
My arms and legs are no longer being torn to shreds, our sofa is saved, and kitty still loves me. 5 stars all the way.
I got these as my vet recommended just getting some smaller clippers rather than coming in for a checkup. They work well, and I haven't had any splitting like others have. My only wish is that they didn't require as much force for some nails, as my wriggle worm of a cat doesn't give me much time to get them all done, but it's at least totally pain free. They're an absolute must have for indoor cats like mine, as without them she gets her claws stuck in everything, and she loves immediately scratching to sharpen them when I'm done. They're straightforward to use, and it's easy to get the right length (when my cat stays still long enough!)