Cat Got Weapons? Arm Yourself With The Best Cat Claw Clippers EVER

Resco Deluxe - Best Cat Claw Clippers

Where do you find the best cat claw clippers? In someone else’s hand. Preferably with you in another room, or better yet across the road and far away.

In all seriousness, this is a job that has to be done, not only for the sake of your skin and your furniture but also for the health of your little kitty friend’s paws. Many cat owners neglect to take care of this necessary job, for fear of their life. Fair enough, too. An angry cat is a dangerous thing, but sometimes you just have to arm yourself and prepare for battle.


At a Glance

Resco Deluxe - Best Cat Claw Clippers

  • What: Resco Deluxe Dog & Cat Claw Clippers
  • Who: Resco Pet Products – making quality pet products since 1937
  • Price: Variable, depending on where you buy.  Best price: Amazon 
  • Does Sparrow Approve? He’s as tolerant as he can be


A Brief History Lesson

The Tecla company has been around since 1897, their main business being wireless radio receivers and transmitters. The company almost went down with the depression, but they survived and evolved into an experimental tool building shop. In this form, Tecla invented the first guillotine style dog nail trimmer and marketed it under the name ‘Resco’. Then World War II happened (seriously, how much can one company go through?) and Tecla’s focus shifted to the war effort.

Years later, with the war over, Tecla concentrated on creating a full line of quality pet products. Tecla’s commitment to superior craftsmanship allowed the company to carve a niche with professional groomers and animal handlers, who sought out Resco Pet Products as their standard tools of the trade.


What’s The Best Way to Clip a Cat’s Claws?

Quickly, and with little fuss. Here’s a quick how and why guide to clipping your cat’s claws that you should check out before you even think about it. Your cat has weapons, so you need to make sure you have a clear idea of what you’re going to do before you start doing it. You also need to make sure you have the right tools. Sure, you could use your own nail clippers – but chances are they’re not sharp enough and they’re definitely not the right shape. You could end up doing more harm than good, and we all know that a harmed cat is not good.


Sparrow Claw - Cat Claw Clippers


Quality Manufacturing

Resco’s entire existence is based on the fact that they invented the guillotine style nail clipper. Invented it! In 1937! These clippers are still made in the USA – in fact, they’re the last American made nail trimmers. Resco’s clippers are made of hardened steel and use micro-honed blades to give a clean cut with so little fuss, your cat won’t even know what’s going on.


Click here to check out Resco Deluxe Nail Trimmers on Amazon


What’s Good About it?

Resco’s unique design and commitment to quality materials and manufacturing really set these clippers apart from the rest. The guillotine style is easy to hold, makes it easy to see your cat’s claws and makes a clean cut with minimal effort. They have a non-slip grip so you can focus on holding the wiggly kitty, not the clippers. These clippers come in a range of cool colours and different sizes for all different sizes of pets (the tiny ones are best for cats). The best part? All of Resco’s nail trimmers feature their patented replaceable blade, so you can replace the blade at a fraction of the cost of a whole new clipper. Resco Pet Products are used and recommended by vets and groomers worldwide and all of their products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.


What’s Questionable?

If you’re used to clipping your cat’s claws with a scissor style clipper, this can take a little getting used to. If you’re not used to clipping your cat’s claws at all it can take a little getting used to, and really, the whole concept is going to take a little getting used to, for both you and your cat. Resco’s high quality, American manufacturing does also mean a higher price tag, but as a once-in-your-cat’s-lifetime purchase AND with a replaceable blade, this is great value for money.


Does Sparrow Approve?Approving Sparrow - Best Cat Nail Clippers

Sparrow doesn’t get much of a choice in the matter – if he had his way he would lovingly hold me in his claws and shred me from head to toe every chance he got. Fortunately for both of us, I’m the bigger creature here and the adult in this family, so I say yes. I’ve tried a few different nail trimmers over the years of living with a cat and this one is definitely my favourite. I’m also going to say it’s Sparrow’s favourite because it gets the job done before he even realises it’s being done.

What do you use to clip your cat’s claws? Have you tried these? Tell us your stories in the comments below…

Resco Deluxe Cat Claw Clippers


Easy to Use


Quality Manufacturing


Value For Money


Professional Standard




What's Good?

  • Replaceable Blades
  • Non-Slip Grip
  • Used by Professional Groomers
  • USA Made
  • Cool Colours

What's Questionable?

  • High Initial Cost

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  1. Excellent, We are looking at starting clipping or cats claws as she is beginning to do some serious damage now to both ourselves and our furniture.

    She is so precious to us we simply can’t risk skimping in any way so want the absolute best. Think we have found them here, thank you so much.

    1. Sounds like you have a young cat who’s just beginning to discover her claws! Our pets are precious and I can’t imagine buying anything but the best for my Sparrow, either. He seems to have a built in radar for cheap things and will reject them anyway, so I don’t have much of a choice. Thanks for reading, Steve!

  2. This is a touchy subject for many who’ve tried to trim a cat’s nails, I bet! I’m very lucky that my current, elderly cat is no longer interested in destroying the furniture (just the rugs)…but for years, when she was younger, I had my vet trim her nails and even tried softpaws (which look just ridiculous, no way around it). The nail clipper history was surprisingly fascinating. I’m gonna have to get a pair of these when the stork brings me new kittens.

    1. Hi Penny, nice to see you back here again! To be honest, little Sparrow isn’t into destroying the furniture either, he’s more interested in destroying me. I haven’t tried softpaws yet, but I’m going to just because I think it would look hilarious and my camera needs a workout. I think Sparrow needs something sparkly, a bit of bling. Might have to wait until I’m not so clipper happy first..

  3. Lol. Poor Sparrow!
    This is really timely. I’m going to pass this along to my Mom, who has a young cat, and asked me the other day to come help her cut the cat’s nails. She said, “I need someone to hold her down.” Lol. I guess she (the cat) doesn’t like it much more than Sparrow does. I’ll see what she uses and will recommend the Resco tool, and your article.
    Best wishes,

  4. I actually never used a clipper so I think I will need time.
    And I am really not good at these kinds of things. Do you think can I get used to other clippers faster? Or is the adjustment period same?

    1. Hi Furkan. It’s probably more about your cat getting used to it than you, claw clipping is really and easy and quick task. Have a read of this article first, then choose whichever clipper you think will suit you. I’ve found a guillotine style clipper to be easier than scissors as it makes it easier for you to see your cat’s claws and you don’t have to squeeze as hard to get the job done. Good luck!

  5. This is definitely something that scares me to death! I’ve been guilty of owning clippers and not using them for 2 years. Bad mommy, Bad.

    Thanks for the great info! Maybe Fancy will have some new ones in her Easter Basket!

    1. Aw you’re not that bad, it’s understandable not wanting to go into battle with a feisty feline…especially considering her name is Fancy!

  6. Shirley, cats are so different to each other. Our five, over the years, react differently to various things.

    One of mine, Rags, was the world’s best ‘get the artery’ cats in existence. I quit trying to clip her nails and always took her to the vet. I would make an appointment for the nail clip, arrive at the clinic and find James (the vet) with his welding gloves on. Even then he would appear at the end covered in blood.

    He researched and found a mummy like bag used to groom cats. This one was great as it didn’t have zippers but Velcro fasteners (everywhere over the bag). So he could access her to treat her. So clipping wars ceased, fur ball grooming became a breeze and vaccinations were achieved with no pain.

    Now to put you in the picture, the clinic nurses were terrified of Rags. When she stayed overnight, they were so pleased when we put her back in her carrier and they didn’t have to!

    I used these clippers on the other cats and will agree with you that they are the best. I must say though that those who use clippers really must take care not to cut too much off so to avoid the quick. If this is hit much yowling, blood (both the cat and yours) and pain (again to both) occurs.

    I will return soon to travel around your site as I like you love cats.

    Ciao (or should I say Meow)

    1. Hi Helen,

      Wow…Rags sounds like an absolute delight. I’ve seen those grooming bags that you speak of – hilarious looking things. Kinda makes me wish Sparrow would be a little more difficult so I can get him one. He would probably hate me for it (for about 3.5 minutes) and I’d laugh my face off for about that long and then we’d be friends again.

      I tend to err on the side of caution when nail clipping cats, I hate to think of the carry on that would happen if I got it wrong. So far I’ve managed to keep everyone’s quicks intact and most of my skin as well, I’m motivated by pure fear and the fact that I don’t have my own welding gloves!

      Thanks for your comment and I do hope to see you back here again.

  7. Thanks for such a wonderful review.

    First, I must say Sparrow is a real cutie. What beautiful markings! You must tell us how he got the name sparrow. Did he eat one?!

    My kitty is pretty good when I trim his nails. I have to catch him while he’s still sleepy and lazy; otherwise, if he’s in one of his wild and playful moods, he’ll grab my arm and kick my arm with his back feet/claws.

    I’ve tried my own nail clippers, the scissor type and the guillotine type. For me, I find the scissor type the easiest because, if he is wiggling around and won’t hold still, I find it hard to get his nail in the loop of the guillotine.

    Now, as far as quality goes, Resco is top of the line. I think I’ll give it another try. Like you said, it’s just a matter of getting used to it.

    1. Haha no, as far as I’m aware he’s never eaten any birds…Sparrow got his name because he was born on International Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, it’s a real thing!), so I named him after my favourite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow. He’s so ridiculous he couldn’t even get his markings right but all those little splotches make him that bit more special, I reckon.

      That’s the secret to doing anything to a cat that they’re potentially not going to like – get ’em when they’re half asleep. Thanks for your lovely comment, come back and say hi again some time!

  8. Hey Shirley, great post and I actually going to check these out. My latest pair of clippers is going on two years old and getting really dull so the nails are starting to shred off instead of clip off well.

    In the past though I’ve used the standard scissor kind that look like this

    I’ll get back to you on whether Lexi and Beast approve. 🙂

    1. Thanks Craig, nice to see you here again. Yes please do come back and let us know how your furballs like their new clippers!

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