Matted fur on rabbit, help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by MommaOrp, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. MommaOrp

    MommaOrp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just acquired a long haired rabbit but it needs a bit of sorting out! its really matted, ive tried brushing and cutting but its all over the poor things body and cutting seems impossible, any other ideas?
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
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    try bathing the rabbit and cutting/triming back hair while wet. i used to do that for the dogs. i had one dog that became angry when brushing time came around. instead, i would bathe him, and take care of his matted hair then.


    good luck
     
  3. bobwhitelover

    bobwhitelover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use a SEAM RIPPER!!! Thats what i use and its like MAGIC! [​IMG]
     
  4. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wetting matted hair will make the mats tighter. Be careful not to rip the skin if you pull. Rabbits have delicate skin. The safest way would be clippers.
     
  5. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a shave job is in order. If he's really matted, it'll be hard to clip with scissors without cutting him. x2 on the DON'T BATHE. You will make the mats worse, UNLESS you can see that the mat is hair clumped up with dirt. If it's all hair, water is the worst thing you can do.
     
  6. equine623

    equine623 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find a professional groomer. Seriously, you can tear a rabbit's skin by pulling too hard and forget about the damage that can be done using scissors. Even if using a clipper, the skin is loose enough that it often catches between the teeth of even a short blade with close together teeth. Get it done once, then keep up with brushing...its not worth risking the sliced skin. IF its not matted down to the skin, you can try a lot of patience and a detangling product but its still a lot of pulling on the rabbit and easier on him to just have it shaved off.

    Good luck!
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    DO NOT bathe the bunny. That will make the mats tighter and wind up hurting the skin. Shear the babe and start over. Then groom the bunny with a slicker brush and a comb that has wide teeth on one end and closer teeth on the other end.
     
  8. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Shave!
    I rescued an angora cross with a ton of mat's that actually caused open soars all over her poor little body. We saved as much hair as we could, but the shave was the best thing we could have done for her. The fur grew back beautifully and her soars and cuts healed brilliantly.
     

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