BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > The hair! OMG it never stops!
Last Post by kreestole at 8/31/2012 11:21 AM (12 Replies)
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User is Offline kreestole
Oregon
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8/30/2012 5:33 PM

Oswald recently started shedding, a LOT.  I've been brushing and lightly plucking areas, but it just doesn't seem to stop.  I can't even pet him without tons of hair floating around and getting in both of our eyes.  When does the shedding slow back down?  How much hair can be brushed out of a typical Holland lop? I saw the post with the Angora and the pile of hair that was 7 times the size of the bun.  Oswald won't shed that much, will he?  


User is Online Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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8/30/2012 5:43 PM
This is the time of year when most rabbits blow their coat.. so you could end up with a TON of fur in the next few weeks.

I wouldn't be surprised if his color changed... I recently saw a rabbit with the same coloring as Oswald, but it was because that rabbit was kept outside, and parts of fur got sun-bleached.

User is Offline kreestole
Oregon
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8/30/2012 7:14 PM

Wow, really? That would be interesting.  It already looks different.  What changed? Did it get darker or something? Oswald was kept outside, but not in the sun, in a covered area.  It was like a carport/shed type of thing built off the house. 

So how long does this go on?  Is there a good way to deal with the hair or just live through it?  I've been brushing and brushing, I swear he feels like he is skinnier after I get a bunch out.  This is the first big shed I've ever experienced, anything I need to worry about here?


User is Offline LoveChaCha
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8/30/2012 7:50 PM
There are some bunnies that may have a shedding pattern, it is just part of having a furry bunny

My Chacha tends to blow her coat in summer and in winter. I can just see the small tuffs for fur sticking out and I know it is time to take her into the bathroom for some fur plucking!
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User is Offline kreestole
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8/30/2012 8:12 PM

So is this something they get used to? I mean, I've spent a while brushing and it doesn't seem to stop.  And he doesn't seem to love the plucking.  Is that faster?  Can it be mostly gotten in one mega-session?


User is Offline LoveChaCha
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8/30/2012 8:16 PM
Some will get annoyed, some run away at the sight of a brush, and some don't really care if you are brushing them! HOw does your bunny react to it?

My girl does not like being plucked or brushed, so I have to pick her up and take her into the bathroom. It is necessary for them to be brushed/plucked due to the fact that ingesting too much fur is not good (

I pluck now, and I've never left a bald spot, as I've seen FUR underneath growing back o_O;; As long as you are gentle, it should not hurt your baby

When my diva was molting, I had to take her into the bathroom 2-3 times a week to get rid of loose furs. Ugh.
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User is Offline kreestole
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8/30/2012 8:43 PM

He's pretty good about being brushed, as long as he is on my lap.  I just wondered if plucking worked better.  He can only take it for so long though, I give him a treat afterwards.  I figure this is one of those things I have to make him sit though.  


User is Online Monkeybun
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8/30/2012 9:20 PM
Just make sure to only get the loose fur, stuff that pulls off easy. Don't tug too hard

User is Offline TH004
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8/31/2012 3:28 AM
I use the furminator brush, which helps a lot. Lots of places sell it. It is expensive, but worth every penny for a molting bun!

My bun acts like I'm killing him with I brush his lower back, sides, belly or if I'm plucking. I did it in front of the vet for advice, and she said he was acting. You do have to keep up with it. If the buns eats too much hair, he can get sick. To get the random loose hairs off, with damp hands, rub down your bunny. It will all stick to you. Rub your hands together to get the hair off of yourself.

I also like to have a blanket that is prone to static over the back end of my bunny's cage (where he sleeps at night). It helps collect some of the airborne ones.
Invest in lots of lint rollers and keep them around the house to get hair off yourself, couches, etc.

User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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8/31/2012 4:43 AM
LOL omg shedding is an issue LOL just like TH004 I use the furminator and it takes me and my wife to do it cause they dont like it. Mr. Hopper sheds and EVERYTHING IS COVERED with white fur, and Blue sheds and gets bald spots argh, but life goes on lol.
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/31/2012 4:53 AM

I have curry brush that looks like:

This was the only brush that I found to work on her coat.  Skipper did have a change of coloring after the first blowing of her coat.  She had been super light and her face was all white with a little dark grey nose.  And you can see now how her whole face is a dark grey.  She's in the middle of blowing her coat again and she's getting darker around her sides.  =p  I have to sit up on a chair or put Skipper up on a table because she's a fussy bun and hates being brushed.

It would be interesting to see what Oswald's coat turns out to be. =]


User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/31/2012 9:26 AM
Okay, I'm new to bunnies and probably your bunnies won't tolerate this, but if they would? MAGIC.

Dyson vacuums' pet attachment.

My friend uses it on her two long haired cats by just giving copious amounts of treats. Maybe the same thing could be done? I've forced my dog into it but of course dogs don't have so much of that diva attitude and they just kinda deal with it. My dyson is pretty quiet, and the hose on it is super long so in theory you could put the vac part in a bathroom with a partially closed door and snake the hose out as far as it reaches to escape some of the noise.

Just a thought.


User is Offline kreestole
Oregon
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8/31/2012 11:21 AM

Thanks for all the tips, I never would have thought about wetting my hands down.  Makes sense though.

I will keep trying! I have a furminator for my cats, I wonder where it went.  


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