Rabbit grooming, hair brushes, techniques and tips!
Welcome to the full guide on choosing the right rabbit brush for your bunny.
In this blog post we will hopefully answer all your questions about bunny grooming, do I need to brush my rabbit? What kind of fur does a rabbit have? Does my rabbit enjoy being groomed? What is the best rabbit brush? As well as other rabbit brushing techniques and tips to give you some great advice when choosing to groom your rabbit.
Do I really need to groom my rabbit?
The short answer is not really, but it benefits your bunny in many ways. For example it grows a bond between you and your rabbit as they would naturally in the wild. Grooming is an essential part of a rabbits daily activities.
First of all take great care of the rabbits skin when brushing as it can be very delicate. Move in gentle motions and if the brush gets stuck do not forcefully remove it or you may harm your bunny.
Brushing is important because it removes dead hair from your bunny, and stops the risk of matting. If your rabbit over grooms its coat then you start to see problems such as hair balls as the rabbit eats and digests the hair it can have detrimental effects on your bunnies health.
Grooming your rabbit will help them to get rid of this dead hair and will stimulate healthy hair growth. Therefore we recommend getting into a routine of grooming your rabbit with a brush that they enjoy. Not only will it be good for their coat but your bunny is bound to look at you in a more loving way as time spent grooming is also time spent bonding.
What kind of fur does a rabbit have?
Understanding the structure of a rabbits hair is essential when trying to learn about rabbit grooming. Rabbit fur is grown by the rabbit for many reasons, for example the rabbit fur easily pulls out when a predator bites them, this means that they can survive in many situations in the wild.
You must be careful when grooming a rabbit as they are more sensitive than a cat or a dog. The beautiful hair that rabbits have starts to malt in the spring slightly and you will discover a lot of hair around your house if you have a house rabbit.
Step by step rabbit grooming guide
Grooming time for your bunny should be relaxing for you and your rabbit. Make sure they are happy and comfortable before you start brushing them and allow them to lie or sit comfortably beside you. Take your time and be very gentle and even the most timid rabbit should enjoy a nice pamper.
When your rabbit is relaxed allow them to smell and bite the brush you are using. Some rabbits may bite or play with you or the brush as you are grooming, this is natural and is just a way of them trying to communicate with you.
If you rabbit allows you to brush them gently brush their back and sides, you may find they even flop over and allow you to brush their belly. Try to avoid sensitive areas, but if there is matting gently use your hand to break up the matted hair. You can then gently try to brush any matted hair out. If you have any serious clumps of hair around the bunnies delicate areas it is highly recommended you visit a vet and get professional advice.
After the grooming session reward your bunny with some of their favourite treats. You may find your rabbit will continue grooming themselves and may even pull their ears down or box their feet in happiness. Success!
Grooming Angora rabbits
Special consideration should be made for any long hair rabbits such as Angora breeds. You should spend up to 30 minutes each day grooming an Angora to avoid any hair matting. I guess that's the price you have to pay to look bun-tastic.
Our Favorite bunny brushes...
Rabbit Hair Grooming Brush
This wonderful brush features a super comb design that really removes all of those dead hairs that are being malted by your bun!
You will be surprised how much dead hair is removed, this is all hair that your rabbit may have ingested and could have potentially caused problems!
Take a lot of precaution as your rabbit is very delicate. Do not over groom your bunny, and if your rabbit seems distressed or unhappy at any point do not continue grooming.
Rabbit Grooming Love Glove
These wonderful grooming gloves are perfect for grooming your bunny. Give them a massage and remove any hair at the same time. Delicately stroke your rabbit with the glove and watch as they relax and enjoy a pamper.
Specially designed with small pimples on the glove to drag out dead hairs and leave your bunnies coat feeling fresh and shiny!
Choose from the full glove design or the finger-less design for smaller hands.
If you are looking for great toys specially designed for rabbits check out our "For rabbits" section.