Thinning Shears – Cat Grooming

I bought these scissors on a whim and they have proven to be a favorite in my cats’ grooming routine.

Thinning Scissors


This is the pair I bought and for less than $15  on Amazon and the quality is very high. On one side of the blade there are 28 teeth which allow you to cut in a thinning or layered look. They are stainless steel, comfortable and a screw allows you to control how tight you want the shears to be. They are a nice size for a cat and have a rounded tip for safety.

Why they are great:

If you use a regular scissors you will have a very blunt, choppy look to the hair. Cutting with these creates a layered, less obvious cut that is very forgiving so you do not need to be embarrassed of your cat’s new haircut. They create a very natural, soft look compared to a blunt look that regular scissors leave.

Where I use these:

  • Trim hair around the face to create a teddy bear face appearance
  • Trim hair on the back of the back legs and around the sanitary area
  • Make many small cuts at a matt to loosen it up


As with any scissors extreme caution is needed when using a scissors on your pets. I only groom my cats when they are relaxed and sleepy. I go to them, I don’t make them come to me. If you cut the skin in between these scissors the cut could be much more severe than a normal scissors because the multiple little teeth will grind the skin rather than just cut. When cutting a matt out for example I use my finger to feel where the skin ends and the hair begins.

Have you tried thinning shears? What do you use them for?

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  1. October 8, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    We don’t get much cuttin’, but mommy was a hairdwesser many years ago as well as a gwoomer so hers has used those many times. she still has 4 sets.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  2. October 8, 2015 / 11:43 am

    We don’t really need much grooming…and that which we do need we do ourselves. So we don’t have much experience with thinning shears.