If you have a long haired bun you will need to give serious thought to grooming. Long haired buns can quickly become matted without proper care. Your options are either to find a rabbit savvy pet parlor or learn to do it yourself. Short haired buns really only need grooming when they are molting. If your buns are indoor buns they may also need their nails trimmed from time to time.
Buns should NEVER be submerged in water. They do not have the ability to cough so water in their lungs can quickly lead to infection and death. They also struggle to regulate body temperature and can take a long time to dry. They are not able to shake off like a dog.
Jersey Wooleys should not be shaved. Their hair is different to other rabbit hair and actually helps them to keep cool.
You will notice during molting that your bun’s coat will appear motley, may change color or have loose tufts or small bald spots. This is completely normal. Brushing will help the new coat come through.
Grooming includes brushing, trimming and or shaving of long haired bunnies and nail clipping. (Short haired buns only need a little brushing in moulting season)
Jeni’s Pet Parlour (Jen van Litsenborgh) – 021 685 2982
Dean Street, Newlands
Happy Tails (Louise Basson) – 076 742 5130
Shop 2, Happy Tails, Cape Garden Centre (Luculles Road), Joostenberg vlakte
Bunville Rabbit Rescue (Samantha Lee) – 061 974 0592
Hillcrest, Westville, KZN
Do it yourself
How to cut your rabbit’s nails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9KemnaTGIs
How to groom your angora: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH5sRZoVSK0
Please note that is potentially really stressful and harmful to turn your bunny on his back. We strongly recommend you DO NOT do this, even if the ‘rabbit experts’ on YouTube do it. 😉