Post # 1
So I own a rabbit, Punk the Jerk, he is a dwarf rabbit and I’ve had him for about 5 years. He managed to pee on himself (or laid in his pee) and it was pretty gross. I had been thinking of giving him a bath because I learned I was allergic to the bedding I was using for him, and wanted to wash any remnants of him, so this pushed me to actually do it.
Man … he was NOT happy, very hoppy, but not happy. He survived it okay, the problem is, the pee stain is still on his fur (I couldn’t get him to be still enough to sort of give it a scrub). I don’t want to traumatize the fellow, but what should I do?
Post # 3
I used to use unscented babywipes to clean up my dog after the dog park between baths… maybe try that?
Post # 4
Maybe a cleaning wipe or a spot spray with a towel, but in general I think they lick themselves.
I have never heard of giving a rabbit a bath!
Post # 5
@CorgiTales: good suggestion. I’ll try that when I’ve got him in the ‘trance’ position.
Post # 6
aww a baby rabbit! so jealous!!
Post # 7
I wanna see a picture! lol
Post # 8
I want to see a pic, also! I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to bathe rabbits in water but I don’t remember why. I know I’m not supposed to bathe my hamster, but I did buy her some dust bath from the pet store to roll around in. Maybe look it up or give that a try? Apparently they like it.
Post # 9
@Juliepants: Most of the problem is making sure you do not get the water in their ears or up their nose. Most bunnies keep themselves pretty clean anyway so unless something like the OP experienced happens there is normally no need to bathe them.
My friend’s rabbit hates baths! The little guy likes to get himself really messy and usually ends up getting a bath once a year… The first few times they tried to bathe him they ended up with more water on them than anywhere else. Now they just use wet towels to wash him. Much less traumatizing!
Post # 10
You can bathe them in water, you just have to keep the water and soap away from the head area and you have to keep them as calm as possible (so they don’t die).
You can try spot-cleaning the pee stain, but it may not go away until he sheds.
Also, you should try to figure out why he got pee on himself (want to make sure it’s not a health problem). Is he neutered? Does he use a litterbox?
Post # 11
Just wet a paper towel and clean them with it. Rabbit hates water and mine ended up peeing on me after I tried to bath her.
Post # 12
My rabbit never had a bath in his almost 10 years of life (RIP bunny 1994-2004). He probably would have freaked out big time because he was afraid of everything. But those pet wipe things would probably work, I use them on my cat when she decides it was a good idea to roll around in dust/dirt.
Post # 13
Bunnies are awfully prone to nasal/chest infections, and my breeder even went as far to say you shouldn’t allow your bun out on dewey grass coz they can get really sick =( I think my last one died because of this.. i’d say he’ll sort himself out- maybe try & use wood shavings in his hutch to dry everything out. Another top tip I have is to use a cap of tea tree oil in a water spray bottle with water for general cleaning of their hutches- it’s a natural antibacterial & I think even repels mozzies!
Post # 14
Rabbits get stressed out pretty easily so i’m not sure submerging one is water is the greatest idea.
I would probably just clean it with a damp cloth next time.