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How Do Rabbits Clean Themselves?

Rabbits use a similar method of cleaning to cats and dogs. They lick themselves, using their specially evolved tongues to get a good, thorough clean. Also this doesn’t seem like the highest standards of hygiene to you and I, rabbits have been using this method for thousands of years and it suits them very well.

Rabbits lick themselves to keep their fur clean and free of tangles

For areas they cannot reach with their mouths, rabbits will lick their paws and glide over the dirty areas. For the areas that can’t be reached by either their mouths or paws, rabbits will turn to one another for help. If you keep two or more rabbits, you will often see them cleaning one another, this is also a good sign that they are getting on well.

If you happen to notice that your rabbit is for some reason having trouble keeping itself clean, there may be an underlying health problem that needs addressing. If your rabbit is lethargic or looking dirty and untidy, you may need to increase the frequency of health checks. If you can’t figure out the root of the problem, it may be a good idea to take them to the vets.

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