Rabbits shed a lot so it is important to brush them at least once a week. You should brush your bunnies regularly to prevent them from getting intestinal blockages due to ingesting fur. Rabbits don’t produce hairballs like cats. The fur travels through the digestive system and can block it.
During heavy sheds, you will need to brush your hair daily. Rabbits shed differently. Some shed for weeks, others in just a few days. You can usually remove most of the hair by simply removing it with your fingers. To remove loose rabbit hair, fine-toothed flea brushes made for cats are very useful.
How to groom a bunny
You should use gentle strokes to groom rabbits. They have sensitive skin and are thin. The soft brushes for cats can be used. There are many different preferences among rabbits when it comes to grooming. Some like it and some don’t. Long-haired rabbits such as angora, lionhead and angora require more care than those with shorter hairs. To prevent hairballs and matting, long-haired bunnies should be groomed every day.
Grooming is a great way to check on your rabbit’s health. Check his teeth for alignment, as well as his eyes and nose for discharge. You also need to inspect his fur and skin. Also, check for mats or “poopy bottom”, which is fecal matter that has stuck to his bottom.
Bald spots can develop in rabbits when they shed. However, they may also indicate mites if the bunny picks at the spots or sees dandruff-like flaky hairs when pulled out. If you’re unsure, consult your veterinarian.
Is it possible to bathe rabbits?
Rabbits don’t need to be bathed unless they are sick or have a prone to poopy bottoms. You can bathe your bunny with water or gentle kitten shampoo if necessary. You shouldn’t immerse your bunny in water. Only bathe the area that is soiled. You might need to be able to help your bunny if they squirm during bathing. If necessary, towel-dry the rabbit.
Trimming rabbit nails
The nails of a rabbit can become very long and sharp. This can cause discomfort for both the rabbit and you. A guillotine-type, cat or bird-specific nail clipper can be used to trim the nails. A towel can be used to wrap the bunny up and prevent her from biting or kicking. You can hold the bunny upside down on your back, with her head in the crook at your elbow.
The quick, which is the portion of the nail that contains blood, will be visible if your rabbit has dark-colored nails. This makes them easy to trim. You should trim the nail just before the quick but not too closely. It is much harder to see the quick if you have dark nails. Use a penlight to shine through the nail.
Many people are afraid to cut their nails, fearing that they might cause bleeding. One of these methods can stop bleeding if it occurs:
- Use your fingertips to apply flour to the affected area. The flour will help to clot your blood.
- Use a cotton ball to apply pressure to the nail.
You can use styptic powder, one brand being Kwik Stop, which is available at most pet supply shops. If you need to trim your bunny’s nails, make sure you have this handy.
Is it possible to declaw a rabbit
A veterinarian can also trim your rabbit’s nails. You should check them every four to six week. Do not ever declaw rabbits. It is unsafe, inhumane and completely unnecessary.