Rabbits ingest loose hair, which can cause intestinal problems and hairballs. To avoid this, your rabbit should be brushed at least once a fortnight. A wire slicker brush or roating pin comb is very effective with Cashmeres’ coat and a soft brush works well for Mini Lops. Both brushes can be used to remove loose fur from your rabbit. Be careful not to hurt your rabbit’s skin when you brush.
Rabbits moult up to four times a year, and during moult they should be brushed as often as needed to remove loose fur.
Two rabbits kept together will need to be brushed more often as they will rub up against each other and cause knots.
Matted fur can be removed with a wire comb, try to be as gentle as possible when brushing matted fur. Sever matting can be removed with blunt scissors, but be careful not to cut the skin. If the matting becomes too severe and you think you might harm the rabbit a professional groomer can help.
We recommend ‘Bunny Dri Bath’ to bathe your rabbit, it will leave your bunny nice and clean and smelling lovely. ‘Bunny Dri Bath’ powder can be found in pet shops.
Alternatively, for dirty feet and bottoms you can apply a small amount of rabbit shampoo and rinse well.
It is very important that you do not ever fully submerge your rabbit in water. Bathing a rabbit in water is dangerous and can cause stress and may even send your rabbit into shock.
Rabbits are susceptible to chills and can quickly become hypothermic. They take a long time to get wet and a very long time to dry.
If your rabbit is wet to the skin for any reason, be sure to thoroughly blow dry them until even the undercoat is dry and fluffy. Rabbit skin is very delicate, and rabbits are sensitive to heat so always set the blow dryer on low and monitor the temperature of the air on the rabbit’s skin by placing your hand in its path.
Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously and must be checked to ensure that they are wearing down properly.
Ensuring your rabbit has things to chew such as sticks or wooden toys can help the wearing down process. Continuous amounts of hay also keep teeth healthy. Rabbits love to chew and if no alternative is provided don’t expect your hutch to last long!
If malocclusion does occur, your rabbit’s teeth will need to be trimmed with guillotine-type clippers. If overly long teeth are left untreated, your rabbit will not be able to eat and could starve to death. Your veterinarian can show you how to clip your rabbit’s teeth or they can clip them for you.
Rabbits’ nails can grow to be very long and sharp, and may need to be cut once a fortnight. This can be done with pet nail clippers.
Cutting into the quick of the nail will cause it to bleed. To avoid bleeding, cut only the white portions of the nail as shown above. This can be difficult on rabbits with dark nails, so if you’re having trouble on rabbits with dark nails, you can use a torch behind the nail to illuminate the quick. If you do cut into the quick, styptic powder or baking soda can be applied to the nail to stop the bleeding.
One of the easiest ways to clip our rabbit’s nails is to lay the rabbit on its back in your lap. Place the rabbit’s head near your knees and the rabbit’s back feet near your stomach. For rabbits that like to move around a lot a second person may be needed the hold the rabbit near the base of the ears.
Start clipping your baby rabbits nails from a young age so it becomes used to it.