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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Pookers grooming Medusa’s ears too much- ears looking pasty

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    • poopy
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      Is this ok? He always seems to groom her ears because they are lop and happen to hang right on the sides of her face. Her fur will always be matted there. The skin doesnt look irritated, but having matted ears does not look attractive on her.

      Picture right after grooming. It’s not bald, its just all wet and matted:

      Mattedness after some drying:


    • Gravehearted
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      well – since you’re thinking she might have mites – sometimes overgrooming indicates something is going on healthwise.

      regarding the overgrooming….

      –It may be stress-related, since he’s new in the house this is certainly a possibility

      –Some overgroomers just like to lick things, in which case you just need to try to get the bunny a different outlet for her licking.

      –If the overgrooming problem has just begun, it might evolve into a less aggressive form of grooming later, if you just give them enough time together.

      –To treat the inflamed area, you can use any rabbit safe antibiotic cream. You should probably hold the rabbit for about a half an hour after putting the ointment on, so that it doesn’t get licked off.


    • poopy
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      Maybe this is common with lops since their ears tend to fall right where the other one’s mouth is?

      It’s not inflamed, the fur just gets all matted and dries funny.


    • Gravehearted
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      no – it’s not a common thing with lops, he is simply over grooming her.


    • poopy
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      I think I may have found out why. For the first time today I saw Medusa (my shy little gargoyle) chasing Pookers around mounting him. Could have something to do with being at my parents house. I know she is more comfortable, more in her element here because we have carpet. My other place has wood floors.


    • BinkyBunny
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      Could be that Medusa feels that she is the boss of that territory!  Makes sense.   Does she end up calming down.


    • poopy
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      Yes, she calms down quickly. I stopped the mounting with separating them with a laundry basket. She has just been marking her poops though. Funny it took her a month to start doing this. Pookers is a pushover though, he doesn’t want to be top bunny.


    • BinkyBunny
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      Do you allow her to mount at all?


    • poopy
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      I will stop her right away if I see her doing it because Pookers will whimper and run away thumping. If she tries to approach him repeatedly he will catch on and thump right away and escape before it happens. Again, this was only for a few days at my parent’s house. They don’t seem to do it when they’re in the pen at my place near school.

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Pookers grooming Medusa’s ears too much- ears looking pasty