It is a well known fact that rabbits are clean little animals, who place particular importance in grooming.A large part of a rabbits’ day is taken over with grooming which helps to protect their skin and keep a glossy coat.But your rabbit still needs you to get involved to ensure it remains in tip-top condition.To be a responsible pet owner you need to devise a comprehensive rabbit care plan, which you and your family stick to.
Firstly, take the time to brush your rabbit every day.Dont think of this as a chore, as your rabbit will really enjoy it and the closeness will help the rabbit bond with you.Excess and dead fur is effectively removed by a quick brushing and this means the rabbit swallows far less when grooming itself.Hairballs are a common problem in rabbits and they struggle to digest excessive levels of fur, so brushing really is the ideal way of avoiding this.Fur balls often need to be removed at some expense by a vet, so the simple task of brushing every day not only benefits your rabbit but also saves you money.Rabbits tend to shed their old fur every three months, and at times of high fur loss increase the brushing slightly. You will be amazed to see how much fur they can actually shed!
Rabbits have very sensitive skin so search for a brush that has soft bristles and wont tear your pet bunnies skin. Some rabbit owners like a plastic wide toothed comb for their grooming.When properly groomed and tended to long haired rabbits, like Angora’s, are gorgeous.Many owners see brushing as a chore, but this is not responsible pet ownership. Do all you can to brush your rabbit on a daily basis.If your rabbit has long hair then you can on occasions trim the hair so that it is merely one inch long. A shorter coat of fur will reduce the risk of matting and it will be much easier to keep your rabbit clean.Cutting the fur can be a tricky task and many pet owners prefer to leave it to the experts, however if you choose to do it yourself make sure you use blunt edged scissors so you avoid the risk of cutting the animal.A patch of matted hair can in some cases be combed out, so don’t instantly grab the scissors and cut it off.A patch of matted hair is often really close to the skin of the rabbit, so if you really cannot remove it by brushing please speak with your vet or go to a specialist grooming centre.
Rabbits can suffer from excessive nail growth so keep your eye on them.If the nails are very long they can be painful. If your rabbits nails look to long it may be time to get them trimmed.A very or grooming professional should carry out this task as it can be easy to cut the rabbit or break the nails.