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Angora Grooming



Angora rabbits are different from a lot of rabbit breeds in that just like any long haired animal they need more attention paid to their grooming. They need a through brushing at least once a week. Every part (don't forget the belly and the legs) of the body should be brushed. hat you're doing is removing loose dead hair before the rabbit does. Angora's groom almost constantly, so they have a tendency to ingest wool. Unlike a cat they can't regurgitate the wool, so it can lead to a potentially lethal condition known as Wool Block where the wool actually clogs their digestive system.

A slicker brush, a pin-tipped dog brush and a steel comb are all the tools really needed to groom an Angora. Hold the bottom of the wool with one hand and brush it out with the other. This will prevent bunny from having his hair pulled while he's being groomed. Brush the back, the sides and the top first. then hold the rabbit in your lap with its head under your arm to groom it's underside thoroughly . Don't forget the face and ears!

Getting into a routine will help both you and your rabbit. It'll go faster for you, and the bunny will know what to expect. if it is done every week then it should only take about 15 minutes. If it's put off, then expect to spend an hour or longer trying to unmat (or shave) your bunny.

Grooming can be a nice time for the two of you. You and your rabbit can spend some time together, getting used to each other. You can do it while you're watching TV or listening to the radio.

Non-show angoras should be totally shorn of their wool every three months or so. It's healthier and more comfortable for the rabbit. What a lot of craft people do is allow that wool to get to 3 or 4 inches before they shear or "pluck" the rabbit, that way the wool is usable for hand-spinning (just for reference the wool on some top show rabbits can get up to 9 inches)
Just remember that a clipped rabbit is the happiest rabbit. rabbits that have haircuts will exhibit less wool block, be more alert, eat more and just generally be more comfortable.<

another important step is to clip the animals claws. You can use any animal nail clipper trying not to cut so far back that you hit the "quick" or tender growing portion. this makes it a lot easier to pick the animal up (they can can sometimes get excited and kick quite a bit)
During the summer, Angoras must be clipped down if they stay outside. If you are lucky enough to be able to provide constant air conditioning for your rabbit, then this is not a concern for you. Angoras with a full coat feel uncomfortable over 65 degrees F, and can go into heat stress at over 75 degrees F. Their ability to deal with heat can be increased through acclimation though. It's those sudden heat spells that are trouble.

There are ways to keep them cool outdoors. Ceiling or revolving fans work, soaker hoses over the roof help, and so do frozen coke bottles of water in the cage.

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