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I just rescued from the shelter two very bonded, 1 year old female angora lops. They were owner surrendered and look like they've been through a lot, but otherwise are in good health and they are spayed. They settled in pretty quickly in my household. I'm keeping them separate from my two other rabbits for a while before I introduce them to one another. Anyway, they need grooming desperately! I can tell that they haven't been groomed in a long time. I'm trying my best to let them settle down a bit before I start the grooming process, but I'm anxious to get started!
If any one out there can provide additional information on grooming them, please let me know. I groom my lionhead rabbits, but these angoras have lots more hair! One female is so roley-poley, I can't tell where the hair ends and she begins! Or, do you think I should take them to a professional groomer? There is a local HRS in my area that does grooming.
You've gotten some good advice, and though normally I wouldn't advise a rabbit to go to a a regular groomers,a rabbit savvy groomer, like someone from the House Rabbit Society, is an exception. They would most likely be able to at least get you started and give you some hands on tips.
Great step by step tips from the House Rabbit Network: http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articl...gora.shtml
I also got this from the Ontario Rabbit Education Website: http://www.ontariorabbits.org/diet/careinfo7.html
If you scroll down to "Keeping Your Long-haired Beauty Looking Its Best" it discusses long-haired bunnies that are matted in the 2nd paragraph.
Here's another link for general care of angora fur from the House Rabbit Society: http://www.rabbit.org/care/angora.html
Let us know how it goes! And maybe you can take some before and after pictures and share them with us.
Thanks so much for the links and information! They seem to be very friendly rabbits. Noise doesn't seem to bother them; I guess from being in the loud shelter environment. Their previous owners seemed to take good care of them; they come right to me when they see me and don't seem afraid.
Tonight, I will try to take some "before grooming" pics. I petted and felt around the most roley-poley bunny and it looks like it's all fur and not her shape! I can't believe there is actually a bunny in all of that!
Wish me luck!