Cat Nail Clip

Hi,

What is the going charge roughly? My vet charged me £25 to clip my cats nails...Is this reasonable? Never had this done before, so not really sure of the correct charge.

Thanks
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  • Silvertabby
    Silvertabby Posts: 9,022 Forumite
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    Hi,

    What is the going charge roughly? My vet charged me £25 to clip my cats nails...Is this reasonable? Never had this done before, so not really sure of the correct charge.

    Thanks


    Our vet charges £12 (but then all of his charges seem very reasonable).
  • donnac2558
    donnac2558 Posts: 3,610 Forumite
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    I have always clipped all my cats nails.


    very easy to do if you get them used to it as kittens.
  • CRANKY40
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    I do ours myself too. Make sure you only clip the clear bit and I use nail clippers as scissors and a fidgety cat would be too much to cope with.
  • I took my cat to a local groomers, she charged me £5! I looked elsewhere and £5 seemed to be the norm, even at the vets!
  • TBagpuss
    TBagpuss Posts: 11,203 Forumite
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    It don't think it is an outrageous amount to charge - if you think of it in terms of the time needed.

    Why are you getting them done at the vet? I'd suggest doing them yourself, unless your cat is very difficult to handle, and if they are, then £25 to have someone else cope is probably money well spent!
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  • Hi,

    What is the going charge roughly? My vet charged me £25 to clip my cats nails...Is this reasonable? Never had this done before, so not really sure of the correct charge.

    Thanks

    Are you sure you didn't have anything else checked when you were there that would have counted as a minor veterinary consultation? It can be very easy while you're there to just ask the vet to quickly check lumps/ears/eyes/skin and at that point I'd expect a consultation fee charge instead of a nail clip charge, as a clinical examination has taken place with advice given out and a plan formed (even if the plan is: keep an eye on it).

    If it definitely was just a nail clip, it might be that that's outrageously expensive or it might be just what everyone in your local area charges - it can be very location dependent (standing in a room in London for 10 minutes costs more than a room in Cumbria for most things!)
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  • Savvy_Sue
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    I'd imagine too that there's a difference between the charge for a vet to trim a cat's claws, and the charge for a vet NURSE to trim a cat's claws.
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  • Fire_Fox
    Fire_Fox Posts: 26,026 Forumite
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    Vets4Pets are very expensive. Perhaps five years ago the vet nurse or vet assistant did a (pointlessly cursory) ear clean and nail clip, at ~£20 each. These charges were in addition to whatever other routine reason we were at the veterinary practice that day.

    The whole routine visit was £100 :eek: I nearly fainted! That was probably vaccination booster, basic annual check up, ear clean, nail clipping, maybe a small pack of prescription flea treatment/ wormer.

    Presumably Vets4Pets 'scalp' on nail clips and ear cleaning to offset their offers on other services, such as the vaccinations.
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  • AnotherJoe
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    Cheaper to buy a new cat :D
  • DairyQueen
    DairyQueen Posts: 1,822 Forumite
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    I can confirm that the vet's nurse charges a fraction of the cost for nail-clipping. The vet's time is much more expensive. My old boy (cat, not OH) has a regular 2-monthly pedi with the nurse for the grand sum of £7 each visit.
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