Trimming your rabbit’s nails is an essential part of the grooming process. However, it’s not necessarily easy, and can be even harder if you don’t have the right clippers for the job.
It’s amazing what a difference having the right equipment can make. Many trimmers do little more than crush the nail, which makes the whole process take longer and leaves the nails cracked and broken. If you have a good pair of clippers, though, the process is completely painless — for you and your bunny.
Of course, telling the difference between a good pair of clippers from a bad pair isn’t always straightforward. In the reviews below, we’ll show you which ones really work, and which ones will just make your job miserable.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|JOFUYU Professional |
The 5 Best Rabbit Nail Clippers – Reviews 2020
1. JOFUYU | Professional Pet Nail Clippers and Claw Trimmer – Best Overall
The powerful, stainless steel blades on the JOFUYU Professional allow them to make quick work of even the thickest nails, so you should be able to get the job done quickly and with minimal stress.
The finger holes are very large, allowing you to get your digits in and out without fear of getting them stuck. This also enables you to move them around to generate more leverage if you need to. The interiors of the holes are lined with rubber to reduce the risk of an ill-timed slip as well.
The blades have a semi-circular design that keeps them from obstructing your vision, so you’ll be able to take off as much nail as possible without worrying about nicking the quick while you’re at it.
They don’t always make a clean cut, though, so you may need to do some filing after the cutting session is complete. While annoying, that’s not enough of an issue to warrant knocking the JOFUYU Professional from their rightful perch atop this list.
2. PET BOUSSA | Pet Nail Clippers and Trimmer – Best Value
At first glance, the PET BOUSSA looks nearly identical to the JOFUYO Professional in the top spot. However, they have two key differences: they’re a fair bit smaller, and they cost a little bit less.
The fact that they’re smaller is both a blessing and a curse. It is easier to pack or store them, so you can always keep them handy, but they’re also going to be tighter on big fingers.
They are cheaper, but not by enough to warrant ranking them #1. However, that little bit of value is enough for us to declare them the best rabbit nail clippers for the money.
The blades are sharp dual stainless steel cutters making short work of even the thickest claws. They also have rubber grips to increase comfort and reduce slippage.
The PET BOUSSAs cut similarly to the JOFUYOs as well, which is to say that the cut is often clean but sometimes requires a little filing to take care of sharp edges.
All in all, these scissors are neck-and-neck with our top pick, but their smaller stature knocks them down just enough that they’ll have to settle for silver.
3. Hertzko | Electric Pet Nail Grinder – Premium Choice
If the thought of using scissors on a sensitive part of your bunny’s body terrifies you, the Hertzko Electric Grinder can get the job done nearly as well without putting unnecessary stress on you.
The handheld tool has a diamond-bit grinder that can file nails down in a hurry. It’s painless and gives you plenty of time to stop before you reach the quick, but both the noise and sensation may cause skittish pets to panic.
Instead of dealing with an exposed grinding stone, the Hertzko has three different-sized ports you can use. You simply press the rabbit’s nail up to the window and let the stone do the rest, with little risk to you or your little hopper.
This tool is a fair bit more expensive than scissors, but it has a lot more moving parts. You don’t have to worry about paying for batteries, though, as it’s rechargeable via the included USB cable.
The bottom line is that scissors will work just as well, if not better, than the Hertzko, and they’ll do so at a fraction of the price. However, this is an excellent tool, and it’s a great alternative for owners who don’t want to run the risk of cutting a claw too deeply.
4. VICTHY | Pet Nail Clippers for Small Animals
It’s easy to be tempted by the VICTHY Clippers, as they closely resemble the cutters in our top two spots. Once you use them, though, you’ll quickly see why they’re much less expensive than our premium cutters.
The blades aren’t nearly as sharp, and they tend to crack the nails rather than cut them. This can be painful for your bunny, but even if it isn’t, the end result is a split nail that requires either more cutting or a fair bit of filing.
The blades tend to get loose over time as well, so you’ll either need to tighten them periodically or replace the whole set, which negates any value their low price point can offer. On the sunny side of the ledger, they’re angled to give you a better view of what you’re cutting.
The grips are rubber, but the finger holes are very small and smooth, which ups the risk of a slip at the worst possible time.
While the VICTHY Clippers look like they’d work just as well as their more expensive brethren, the fact is that they’re a bargain-basement pair for a reason.
5. SHINY PET® Pet Nail Clippers for Small Animals
The SHINY PET Clippers have the opposite problem of the VICTHY Clippers above: while they look like a premium pair, they’re less effective and more expensive.
There’s very little room between the two blades, so large, thick nails will barely fit inside. The only way to open them to their full extension is by pulling the handles apart as far as they’ll stretch, and most hands can’t extend that far. So, to cut a thick nail, you’ll need to use both hands (and even then it probably won’t work).
Even if you can cram them in, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to generate enough force to actually cut the nail without also terrifying your rabbit.
Another problem with needing to apply that much pressure is the fact that the metal blades don’t extend all the way into the handle, so the grips are made of unsupported plastic. Put too much pressure on them, and they’ll snap off in your hand.
The blades aren’t sharp at all, so you’ll have to gradually eat away at the nail, causing a ton of splintering along the way.
The company is nice enough to provide an ebook with each purchase, though, so maybe you’ll at least learn something. We just fear that what you’ll learn is not to buy the SHINY PET Clippers.
When you thought about adopting a rabbit, you probably spent a lot more time daydreaming about petting super-soft fur than you did about trimming nails. Keeping your bunny’s claws in shape is critically important, though, and in this guide, we’ll cover some of the most common questions new owners have about the practice.
Why Do I Need to Trim My Rabbit’s Nails?
Rabbit’s nails grow continuously, just like their teeth do. However, while most rabbits kept in captivity file their teeth down while eating, they have little way of keeping nail growth under control.
If you let the nails grow too long, it can lead to sore hocks, where the fur on the hocks get raw and inflamed. This may lead to an infection, which could prove fatal if untreated.
They can also grow so long they curl back into the rabbit’s foot, or they could snag on something and get ripped off, which is obviously a problem.
Is There Any Alternative to Trimming a Rabbit’s Nails?
Possibly. The nails should naturally get worn down if the rabbit spends enough time hopping on or digging in appropriate surfaces. Your bunny should spend plenty of time outside the hutch wearing down his nails (and it’s a great way to ensure he gets enough exercise).
However, most pet rabbits won’t spend enough time wearing down their nails to solve the problem. As a result, you’ll need to trim them regularly — how often depends on how fast they’re growing.
How Do I Trim a Rabbit’s Nails?
The first thing you need to do is gather all your supplies; usually, this means a quality pair of clippers, a towel, styptic powder in case of an accident, and some treats for your little guy.
Wrap the towel around the bunny, making a little burrito out of him. The idea is to keep him calm while supporting his back, as rabbits can break their backs if mishandled.
Then, take the clippers and remove the tips of the nail. Don’t go too far down, or else you’ll risk cutting the quick, which is bloody and painful for the animal. It’s far better to trim too little and have to repeat the process often than it is to cut the nail too short.
When you’re done with each nail, give the rabbit his hard-earned treats.
What Should I Do If I Accidentally Cut the Quick?
First, don’t panic. While it’s painful for the animal, it’s not excruciating, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Take your styptic powder and pack it into the injured nail. Not only will this stanch the bleeding, but the powder has a numbing agent in it that will ease your bunny’s pain.
The nail should grow out quickly, but keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get infected.
What Should I Do If My Rabbit’s Terrified of Getting His Nails Trimmed?
Many animals react poorly to getting their claws trimmed, so it’s important to make the experience as positive as possible.
It’s best to start incredibly slowly, often with just introducing the concept of getting his paw handled. Grab his paw while playing with him, and when you do, offer praise or treats to make the experience positive (we hope you appreciate the fact we didn’t say paw-sitive here).
Once he’s used to having his mitts handled, introduce the clippers or grinder. Don’t try to do anything with them just yet; your goal is simply to make your rabbit comfortable around them. Again, be heavy-handed with the treats and praise.
When you’re ready to start trimming, do so slowly and methodically, and praise and treat as often as possible. If your rabbit reacts poorly at any time, stop what you’re doing and start the process fresh another time.
Failing all that, it may be best to trust a professional groomer.
Can I Use Human Nail Clippers on My Rabbit?
This is a bad idea. Human clippers are designed to cut nails to be flat and straight. Bunnies, on the other hand, need clippers that will keep their nails in their natural rounded state.
What If I Can’t See What I’m Doing Because His Fur’s in the Way?
Lighter-colored rabbits are usually easier to groom for this very reason. If you have a darker-haired bunny, though, there are still some things you can do to make the process easier.
You can wet his paws using water or gel (there are certain lubricating gels that you can use that may make things easier on everyone), then push the fur out of the way.
Having proper lighting is also crucial. If you’re doing everything yourself, you might want to consider investing in a miner’s headlamp to keep your hands free. Otherwise, get a friend or family member to hold a flashlight for you.
The JOFUYU Professional are both comfortable and powerful, making the grooming process quick and easy. Their semi-circular design also gives you a clear view of your work area, so you’re less likely to make a painful mistake.
Despite their small stature and low price point, the PET BOUSSAs are nevertheless heavy-duty clippers. They’re nearly the equals of the JOFUYO, but they may be less comfortable for users with bigger fingers.
There’s no reason why trimming your rabbit’s nails should be stressful for either one of you — provided you have the right equipment, of course. We hope these reviews have enabled you to find the perfect pair so that your next trimming session can be as easy as possible.
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