What is the best way to groom an angora rabbit?

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Angora rabbits are a wool producing breed of rabbit. Their fur is very fine but also very long and it grows very quickly. They are a beautiful and characterful bunny to own but they do require very regular care and grooming to keep their coat under control.

A soft cat brush is generally best to keep the coat free of tangles. They come in various shapes and sizes, you will probably need a selection, and a wire comb as well. A pair of scissors with blunted ends are also useful for trimming out mats but you much be very careful not to catch the skin. Often it is best to wait for the mats to grow out a little from the skin before you tackle them. If you find the length of the coat a challenge, you can use the scissors to trim it shorter.

Show Angora owners often use ‘blowers’ to smooth the coat without removing too much hair. However, these are not really necessary for ones that are just pets.

Most Angora owners recommend brushing them at least twice a week and checking them over daily for mats developing and their bottoms staying clean.

Grooming particularly important for preventing wool block and fly strike. Wool block is a problem similar to hairballs in cats. The fur accumulates in the guts, which can lead to potentially very serious blockages. Fly strike occurs when the rabbit can’t reach to their bottoms to eat their caecotrophes and clean themselves properly, so they become very dirty. Flies are attracted to the mess, lay their eggs and the maggots that hatch can cause significant damage, and are potentially fatal, if they are not caught quickly enough. | 02.10.16 @ 16:39
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