How to Groom Your Rabbit | Pet Rabbits

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Mary: So we’re talking today about grooming rabbits and for rabbits who shed profusely this is super important. Most rabbits shed really heavily about three times a year. Some rabbits seem to never stop shedding. But most rabbits will have defined shed periods where you’ll actually see a pattern on their back as the shed moves toward one end of the rabbit or the other. When the rabbit starts shedding copious amounts of hair will be coming out. The rabbit is naturally going to groom himself and ingest hair. There’s always hair in a rabbit’s stomach so don’t feel that you have to avoid getting hair in a rabbit’s stomach you won’t be able to. But if you can lighten the load a bit by good grooming that really helps. This is the kind of comb that I use. I believe it’s called a flea comb. There’s a variation of this comb made that actually had a red rubber thread through it to help collect hair that way. Some people use a brush. It doesn’t really matter what you use as long as your rabbit will tolerate it enough to allow you to do a good job. So this rabbit, like Bean is shedding and you’ll notice, excuse me, with the shed pattern when a rabbit is shedding like this you can actually pluck him, you can take hair out…

Amy: Some rabbits don’t like it when you pluck though.

Mary: Most rabbits don’t like it but you may have to do it once in awhile because there is so much hair that you won’t even be able to get the comb through it efficiently if you don’t remove the tufts that are sticking out. This is one I just took off of this rabbit. And now Amy’s going to groom him with the comb, see what comes out and also show you…

Amy: Well I actually use, it’s a human, it’s for your eyebrows but you can see that the comb is really thing like this…

Mary: Very fine, yeah.

Amy: …and that’s what I do when I get the cheeks. I just go under the eyes and make sure I get all the sand off her…

Mary: And this is great if your rabbits have runny eyes at all and there’s a little bit of a stain pattern under the eyes this fine comb will kind of open up the hairs and allow the skin to breathe again which is really good.

Amy: Yeah, or I do their ears a little bit like that. But this one, yeah I never used this. Show me how you…

Mary: Oh I’ll show you. Okay, yeah. Excuse me little Bean, may I have you? What a good boy. What a good boy.

Amy: And speaking of grooming. I want to talk to you about cleaning. You don’t need to give your rabbit a bath ever. Correct?

Mary: No. I think we’re going to do a separate talk just on baths. But no, that’s a good question for grooming. Rabbits bathe themselves, they’re like cats. They’re prodigious self groomers and they will keep themselves immaculately clean given half the chance. So you do not need to do that for your rabbit. And we’re just showing you today…

Amy: So you’re not going against the hair you’re going into it…

Mary: I’m not, some people like to go against the hair and if the rabbit tolerates it…you see he’s turning around he doesn’t like that as much. But if he tolerates it the idea is just to do the best you can you’ll get lots of hair out like that in a flea comb.

Amy: You can make candles. You can mix that with wax and make a hair candle.

Mary: You can stuff cushions with this stuff…

Amy: Oh yeah.

Mary: …absolutely and knowing you, you probably do. This is my rabbit cushion!

Amy: There you go. Yeah the less hair they have to swallow the better because that can slow down their gut right?

Mary: Absolutely, absolutely, yup.

Amy: It’s a two timer. Two way! Look at that, there.

Mary: And grooming on top of the tail is an important area because it’s not easy for them to reach back there and you’ll get out a good amount of hair.

Amy: Yeah especially if they’re old or they’re obese and they can’t…that’s why you don’t want a fat rabbit is they can’t really