Which nail clippers are best?
Those designed for small pets are suitable.
Here is what I use:
How often should it be done?
All rabbits nails grow at different paces, so you may find yourself doing needed to trim some rabbits nails more often than others. If they are housed indoors, they will most likely need regular nail trims. Outdoor rabbits do not need this doing as often, as they keep worn down in an outdoor habitat (stones, concrete, wood) and digging also helps to keep them trimmed.
How do you clip their nails?
Nail clipping is best done little and often. Leaving the nails too long can cause them to become overgrown, and as a result they are usually more difficult to trim. Just take off the very tip, but be careful not to cut into the quick, which is a blood vessel running through the rabbits nail. Generally you can see where the quick ends, but if not, shine a light under the nail so it becomes more visible. With rabbits it is best to wrap them up in a towel, so they feel safer and can't wriggle out your lap. It may help to do this with someone else, so they can hold the rabbit and you can trim the nails. Alternatively you can take your rabbits to a vet and they will cut their nails for you.
If your rabbit appears to have a dull coat, they may require additional fatty acids. Commercial dried food often makes claims to promote a shiny coat and improve overall coat condition. A better alternative is to feed 1tsp of oil seeds per rabbit per week. For example, flax seeds, sunflower seeds (shelled) and fennel seeds help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat. These are also beneficial during the moulting period, as they help to remove blocked fur, which is more common when moulting.
Do rabbits need brushing?
Most rabbits don't require regular brushing, particularly the short haired breeds. Long haired breeds may benefit from grooming to de-tangle matted fur. Rabbits will benefit from grooming during the moulting period to help prevent hair blockages (which can cause these chain like poops).
Which brush is suitable?
There are a few options. For general use, soft nylon brushes are ideal as they don't pull and cause discomfort. Combs designed for small animals may be used to remove small tangles, but be very gentle! Grooming mits with plastic ridges also work great!
Should they get fur trims?
Longer haired breeds benefit from this, particularly near their bottom area because urine and faeces can easily get soiled in their fur. During the warm season, I suggest trimming the fur quite short so they are able to keep cooler on hot days. You can buy hairdressing scissors from health & beauty shops.
Why is it necessary?
If a rabbit stops eating, this can become life threatening in just a short time. Their bodies shut down very quickly when they stop eating, so it is essential to act fast! If a rabbit refuses food, it is often a sign of an underlying illness, which should be identified. Remember to visit a vet if you are concerned. Ensure that a blockage has been ruled out before syringe feeding!
How do you syringe feed a rabbit?
If you need to syringe feed a rabbit, the following equipment is required:
Recovery Feed of choice
To syringe feed a rabbit, you place a handful of pellets into a container, then pour boiling water over the pellets so they become a mush consistency. Leave for about 5 minutes to cool, then mash up the pellets using a spoon. Once the pellet mixture has cooled, fill it into a syringe. Put the rabbit on your lap, or on top of a covered table (make sure it is not too high as they could jump off). It may help to wrap the rabbit in a blanket to keep them still. Then gently open their mouth using your index finger and thumb. Using the other hand place the syringe into the rabbits mouth, angled at one side. Little and often is key; give them a few mls at a time and remember to slow down if they are unable to take that much. You should syringe feed water at regular intervals to prevent them from becoming dehydrated. Syringe feeding can be messy, so remember to keep them clean using kitchen roll. Repeat this process every few hours, or as needed.