Longhaired rabbits, such as Angoras, are so tempting to adopt. These magnificently fluffy bunnies are super cute. But, Floppy can’t keep up with all of her fur. You’ll want to help her by grooming her regularly. In this article, a veterinarian offers six tips on grooming your longhaired rabbit.
The tools you choose to use are very important. Whether you decide to use a slicker brush, combs, another type of brush, or a mat rake, be careful that it doesn’t pull too hard. Floppy has extremely delicate skin that tears easily. For the most part, you’ll need to start with a special mat comb or wide-toothed comb. Then, finish up with a narrow tooth tool.
Expect Floppy to shed her old fur and grow in a new coat a few times a year. Known as molting, it’s a little more intense than just shedding. Grooming is very important during these times. If your bunny swallows her fur, she’s not able to vomit it back up the way a feline can. Hairballs can lead to a dangerous condition of intestinal blockages. Ask your veterinarian for symptoms to look for.
With longhaired rabbits, their ‘armpits’ and the areas between their legs usually mat the most. Your veterinarian might recommend clipping or even shaving these problem areas. Talk to your local animal clinic for specific advice.
In the summer, bunnies need to stay clean and dry. Otherwise, they can develop flystrike. Check her skin and coat for this condition daily. Your veterinarian might also recommend a flystrike preventative medicine. It’s also extremely important to be sure that your furry pal doesn’t get overheated!
Never give a bunny a bath. If Floppy gets something spilled on her fur, gently clean off any dirty areas. One thing you can do is hold your furry friend carefully and, if possible, put just the part of her that’s dirty in a sink or tub of lukewarm water, gently swishing the water around. Never put your pet’s head or whole body in the water. This is terrifying for Floppy, and she could actually go into shock.
All bunnies react differently to being groomed. Choose a time when your rabbit is calm. When you brush her, talk softly to her, and offer her praise and treats. Don’t try to have a long grooming session. About 10 to 15 minutes will work.
Contact your local pet clinic for more information on grooming a rabbit!