The Complete Rabbit Care Guide
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by Andrea Austin

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Once everything was clean and tidy again, back to normal, my rabbit seemed fine again. Well, his behavior was understandable! I am a neat freak, too!

Key Points Summary

Rabbits are clean, fastidious creatures. They like things to be fresh, organized, tidy and uncluttered. Therefore, one of the best ways to show your pet how much you care is to keep his cage and surroundings nice and clean.

Make it a part of your weekly routine to tidy up the cage, and clean up food or water spills as necessary. Make sure your pet has fresh food and water, and that nothing has spilled onto the floor of the cage, causing odor or rot. Be sure to change the litter box(es) regularly, otherwise your rabbit may rebel and refuse to use them!

When it doubt, remember this rule: a clean pet is a healthy and happy pet!


Rabbits are naturally clean creatures, but your job as a pet owner is to help them out by doing the grooming they can not do on their own. This section is all about the essentials of getting your rabbit to look as great and as healthy as he feels!

Brushing Your Rabbits Coat

Rabbits do self-groom to keep themselves nice and clean, but you must play your part, too. Especially if your pet has a long coat of fur, you need to brush him regularly, perhaps once or a couple times a week.

Make sure that you have the necessary grooming tools on hand. This includes a soft brush, available at pet shops or online, and perhaps a wire-toothed comb with rounded ends, so that you do not risk scraping or cutting your animals delicate skin, if your rabbit has longer hair.

You may also need some small scissors to cut out knots in very long rabbit fur, but more on this in just a moment.

Give your rabbit a nice, gentle brushing, being careful not to pull, scratch or hurt. This will get rid of the excess hair that rabbits naturally shed, preventing your little guy from chewing on and ingesting fur, a habit which can cause dangerous hairballs.


Mats can occur on most rabbits, but they tend to happen most on long-haired rabbits, for obvious reasons. They also generally occur in one or several places on the body: on the belly, under the feet, at the tail, around the bottom of the body, and between the pairs of legs. Why? These areas get rubbed together or rubbed against the floor more so than other parts, so that they wind up getting tangled.

Getting rid of matting is important because rabbits need to be able to shed hair naturally, and you need to be able to brush their hair easily.

When you see a mat, try to comb it out with a wire comb with rounded tines, as described above. Its best to try and get the mat between two of your fingers, so that you can work it out without hurting or tugging on the rabbits coat or skin. Comb gently, making sure to hold onto the fur between the skin and the mat itself.

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