Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Spring moult

The fur is really flying around here.

Having never owned a long furred bunny before, Bella has really taken us by surprise, as is evidenced by our clothes which are starting to look very furry! I take her outside once a day and give her a good comb, and the fur comes out in handfuls (my dad gave me a good tip - to leave the fur on the bird table so the local birds can use it for nesting - recycling at it's best!). But just an hour later she looks as though I never combed her, poor girl, look at her scruffy back.


We got a shock the other day when we pulled out the rabbit house to vacuum underneath, and there was so much Bella fur that we thought we had another rabbit under there! Buttons seems to be ok (he's very well behaved and not a messy moulter at all ;-) but I do worry about how much of Bella's fur he might ingest, as he is very good at grooming her. We're on paranoid poo watch and making sure he's eating all his greens and hay... so far, he seems fine though.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love leaving fur all over mommy! I like leaving my mark.

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  2. It sure can be difficult to keep on top of, can't it? Sounds like you're doing the right things. It's also a good idea to encourage water, which keeps everything moist and moving, and stops small fur balls from clumping into big masses.

    Some people at moulting times also push fresh papaya or pineapple, or papaya enzymes tablets, although others say these things don't help with fur; might be worth considering, anyway.

    Take care, and keep up the good work! =:)

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  3. Always a worry.. The Princess used to have a little Jersey Wooley mate, Benson, and we worried about her getting too much of his long fur too, but it never happened. Like wise, Benji does not seem to be bothered by grooming Goldie and her long, endlessly shedding fur.

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  4. Oh the dreaded moulting period. Some buns worse than others. Papaya for everybun!
    xx, shell

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  5. Sometimes is seems the moult will never end.

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  6. Mr. Mick is an endless shedder; our house is littered with "bunnyfur tumbleweeds" as a friend calls them. The boy is always irritated by the accumulated fur, but as I have told him, there's nothing much you can do about it and Mickey certainly can't do anything about it--it's just how he is. This, of course, results in the boy calling the rabbit "defective" and walking away grumbling.

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  7. We have the same problem with Sogna. No amount of brushing makes her look less ragamuffin, until her coat decides it's done shedding, and then it's done.

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