Pet bunnies rarely have to be bathed. Rabbits are fastidious about grooming, and with frequent brushing on your part, a bath should not be necessary unless your bunny gets into something messy. Most rabbits do not like to have a bath, and it takes a long time to get a rabbit's fur dry. If you must bathe your bunny, plan to set aside a chunk of time to get the rabbit clean and the bunny's fur dry after the bath.
Things You'll Need
- Several towels
- Baby shampoo
Place a thick towel, folded in half, on the bottom of the bathtub.
Using a cup, gently and slowly pour water over the rabbit to get its fur wet. Use care not to let the water get into your rabbit's face or onto the rabbit's ears.
Use a very small amount of baby shampoo to wash the rabbit's fur. An amount the size of a pea will probably suffice.
Rinse the shampoo off the rabbit by pouring warm water over the bunny's fur using the cup. Use care not to let soap get in the rabbit's eyes.
Wrap the rabbit in a dry towel and carefully remove the bunny from the tub. Hold the bunny in such a way that it cannot kick, leap or jump from your arms and injure itself.
Towel dry the rabbit as much as possible.
Use a hairdryer on its lowest setting to dry the rabbit's fur. Your rabbit may not tolerate the hairdryer.
Keep the rabbit inside and in a warm location until her fur is completely dry. Occasionally fluff the bunny's fur with a towel and work to towel dry the fur some more.
Tips & Warnings
- Because bathing is so traumatic for rabbits, and because it is so time-consuming for bunny guardians, confine your cleaning efforts to as small an area as possible. If only one spot on your rabbit requires cleaning, wash only that location. If the rabbit's front paw is dirty, for example, wash only the paw, using a washcloth.
- Enlist the help of a friend when bathing your bunny. It's extremely helpful if one person holds the rabbit while the other does the bathing.
- You rabbit may feel better if your brush the fur once it is completely dry. This will help to keep the fur straight and alleviate some of your bunny's agitation about the experience.
- Do not plug the bathtub or allow water to rise in the tub. This will terrify your rabbit.
- Use extreme care when bathing a rabbit. Rabbits can go into shock if they are immersed in water.