What is the safest way to remove cartridge clips ?

i could see how it would be very easy to damage the pins in back of the cartridge, or break the wire, etc. if one is not careful. this is the first time i've replaced my cartridge, and any advice would be much appreciated. thanks.
I like to use a pair of straight surgical sutchers. I attach them gently on the flat part of the wire just below the pins and then gently pull.
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First, unscrew the cartridge and then stretch the wires easily before removing the clips one by one.