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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A bathing bunnys

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    • lilmizzsnickerz
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      my freind recently sendme a picture of her rabbits in the bath their was only a little bit of water  is it okay for your bunny wouldnt that be very stressful


    • cookie627
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      i know it would befor mine. he hates the water!!!!! can’t even put his feet in the tub that has only what 2 – 3 cm of water!!


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      I would never bath my bunnies … and yes it is very stressful for them.

      Rabbits are generally very clean animals and bathing is not necessary, unless in cases where you have rescued one from some inhospitable place and then yes.  Sometimes, just a sponge bath can assist in extreme cases.

      Other than that I would not advise it.

       


    • MooBunnay
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      Hi! I agree with Dawn – only in cases where the bunny reallllly needs it should the bunny get a bath. Otherwise, its not really necessary, and its less stressful for you and the bunny! I would only say if the bunny has poopy butt or is very very dirty to the point where the bunny can’t clean himself. Also, when it comes to cleaning pee of bunny fur (I’v e had quite a few with this problem actually!) I’ve found that water doesn’t work too well, usually you have to just let the mats grow out.


    • BinkyBunny
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      I ditto what everyone has said. Bathing shouldn’t be done unless absolutely necessary. I unfortunately have to spot bathe Bailey almost everyday because of her medical issues. But I am very careful to only clean her bum and though sometimes I have to use a specialized soap, I can usually clean with water because I get the icky stuff when it’s fresh (eyuck) I have to do this otherwise, she would be a mess, and could lead to infection. But other than that, there really isn’t a reason to bathe a bunny. They are like cats that way.

      Plus most bunnies find it extremely stressful, and it takes forever for their fur to dry, which can cause problems with their body temperature, and using a dryer on them can be dangerous if you don’t know what your doing.


    • skunklionshow
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      I can’t help but think of the commercial w/ the reattached bunny’s feet…all the bunnies have rainbow colored paws.  I know bunny feet being cut off for luck is horrific, but that commercial really gives me a giggle.

      Anyway, one of the bunnies is swimming w/ his reattached dayglow paw.  My hubby and I always try to picture Jessi swimming when we see that commercial.  They just look like such good swimmers!  Sorry I just thought of it w/ bathing bunnys.


    • wendyzski
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      they CAN swim, doesn’t mean they like it!

      My Pepper nearly drowned late last year when she jumped into a full bathtub while I was home sick and asleep on the couch, and she couldn’t get back out. 

      I have no idea how long she was in there – more than 30 minutes but less than 3 hours is my guess.  She was cold and exhausted, paddling to keep her head above water because her back feet could barely touch the bottom.  I was soooo scared when I found her, but I got her dry and warm and she came through unscathed. I probably lost a couple of years off my life from the shock!


    • lilmizzsnickerz
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      omg i had to spot clean domino after a humping session with another male as he was all sticky


    • Spacehopper
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      Posted By lilmizzsnickerz on 06/05/2007 7:06 PM
      omg i had to spot clean domino after a humping session with another male as he was all sticky

      Honestly!  At least the mess isn’t just down to the human species of maleness!

       

      Brian HATES water, yet Bettie was spotted leaping into her water bowl last week without a care in the world.  She’s yet to get the grip of a water bottle, bless her.


    • MooBunnay
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      Haha, I know quite a few bunnies that enjoy feeties in the water dish. In fact, I was taking care of some foster babies, and one DELIBERATELY plunked her front fet in the water, and then did the “prepare to groom” feetie flick, and shot a wave of water all over me! Ok, well, it MAY have been coincidence, but I’m pretty sure it was deliberate!

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