The Best Cat Clippers for Matted Fur – Our View

What are the best Cat Clippers for Matted Fur?

If you have long-haired cats (we have a couple of Maine-Coon’s) then you will be all too aware of this problem. Now, this shouldn’t really be a problem. You just brush them regularly and the knots in their long fur won’t develop, right? Well, yes in theory. However, in our experience, this isn’t how things have worked out. We give our boys a lot of attention but even from kittens, they have not taken well to being brushed on certain areas of their bodies. Particular our ginger one, Harry. If we venture more than 10 nano-metres below his chin we quickly enter the danger zone. His demeanour changes from gentle, fun-loving cheeky Harry to the cat from somewhere beyond hell itself. The below pic isn’t one of ours but is a pretty extreme example of what can happen if you leave it for too long!

Faster than a Speeding Bullet

He may be generally getting a bit old and slow these days but not when it comes to brushing. His speed and reflexes would test the likes of Usain Bolt and the Six Million Dollar Man (may be showing my age with this reference).  Before you’ve even realised it and the pain has registered in your brain, your hand has the same appearance as it would if you left it in a blender for 5 minutes.   So, the only option for us used to be to take them both to the v.e.t.s. (we can’t say that word in our house) and get them professionally trimmed. They come back looking like poodles. Often, they have to be sedated as they get so stressed out about it which, as they’re getting on a bit now, has its own risks. We didn’t want to put them through this anymore so took things into our own hands.

Your Options

You may not need to go down this route and if you can avoid it don’t! If you can avoid stressing out your cats then you should take this option.

  1. This is the ideal option, get the cat(s) to de-knot themselves. Trying talking to them calmly explaining to them that if they didn’t soon up their game, you would need to do it for them.
  2. If the above doesn’t work (err there’s a good chance it won’t) then try brushing them out with a fine-toothed comb.
  3. If the above doesn’t work (and it might!) then you need to make the choice of either taking your cat(s) to the v.e.t.s. or doing it yourself. The downside of the former option is that it will cost you quite a bit and secondly, it may stress them out. So if you’re comfortable with doing this kind of stuff at home, then check out the right tool for the job!

Haircut 100

Being able to trim them from home isn’t easy but they’re in an environment they know and you don’t have to do it all in one go. So, we’ve found you the best cat clippers for matted fur, read on. We’ve taken a look at the best clippers that can be used for cats and have them listed here to make the decision easier for you, check them out…

Wahl Pocket Pro

So, this one was good for a couple of reasons, firstly – it’s cheap! The Wahl Pocket Pro trimmers are battery operated and are only about 4″ long. Their ergonomic design is quite impressive but your cat must be pretty relaxed about noise for these to work. They are on the nosier side when it comes to these trimmers so if your cat is quite nervous, you might think about looking at others.

Advantages: Cheap, ergonomic styling and battery powered

Disadvantages: Quite noisy and possibly not powerful enough to really rid your cat of those thicker built-up knots.


wahl pocket



TOPOP Rechargeable Grooming Kit

The TOPOP  Ultra Quiet Pet Clipper is slightly more expensive than the Wahl but maybe you get what you pay for. The reviews on Amazon are good and the product comes with several attachments. This clipper has a ceramic and titanium blade (ceramic doesn’t rust of course which is a bonus). It has 5-speeds so you can start off at a longer level, slowly working your way shorter as required. What we liked though was the fact that it was rechargeable,  you don’t have to worry about running out of batteries which is a problem with the cheaper versions. The trimmer claims to have a noise level of ~48db

Again, another quiet groomer with several attachments, more expensive than most but a little bit quieter than the cheaper ones and also has 5 different speeds to choose from.

Advantages: Rechargeable, different speed settings and quiet

Disadvantages: Some may prefer a slightly smaller product.

fur trimmer



Enjoy Pet Clipper

Recently reduced in price, you get a little bit more than the others with this system. The ‘Enjoy Pet Clipper‘ (possibly from China?) is rechargeable and comes with scissors included which can be handy for the last little bits. Not as many reviews as the TOPOP but what reviews there are, are pretty good. We liked the fact that, like the above, the clipper was rechargeable but also you could charge it via USB. You’ll get the below with this:

1 x Pet Clipper
1 x 33 Teeth Titanium Ceramic Blade
1 x Stainless Steel Scissor
1 x Stainless Steel Comb
1 x USB cable for charging
1 x Rechargeable Li-battery
4 x Comb Attachments
1 x Cleaning Brush

A powerful battery which they claim will last for 7 hours (after a 3-hour charge) and quite powerful. The clipper is quiet but not as quiet as the TOPOP, this clipper is around 50-60db.

Advantages: Lots of accessories, relatively quiet, USB charging.

Disadvantages: Not as quiet as others.


cat shaver


The Best Cat Clippers for Matted Fur?

You’ll be the judge of that, but we rather like the TOPOP mainly because of the excellent reviews it gets but also because it’s quiet. Our cats are quite nervous and the quieter, the better.  If your cats are quite long haired and you’re looking to invest in some cat clippers for matted fur, it’ll make their little lives just that bit more comfortable!

If you’re not sure as to how to use the clippers then check out this YouTube video:


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