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Old 06/25/13, 09:10 AM
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I have a buck kept in a dog crate who has dirty matted fur all above his tail. He has pee on his tail, what it looks like anyway. Could this be out of boredom, dirty bedding, or is he just dirty? He makes great babies and mated about two weeks ago... If that matters at all...

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My experience has been that the boys spray themselves with their cologne in a forward direction...towards the front. HOWEVER, never underestimate a goat's ability to twist itself into a pretzel! My GUESS: He is rubbing against the cage bars after spraying and it is causing the matting. BUT, maybe someone else knows something about this that I am unfamiliar with due to never having seen this particular thing!!

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How is his temp and his gums? normally when animals stop grooming themsleves they are sick or there is something preventing them from grooming. No hot spots or lumps or anything that is inhibiting his movement?

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Old 06/25/13, 09:25 AM
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Nothing that I have noticed. He eats, drink, poops balls. How the rabbit do you check a bunny's gums and temp?

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Uh, are we taking about a rabbit or a goat buck here?

Rabbit buck usually don't pee on themselves, they pee on other bucks in the next cage. Some times they will pee against something solid and it will splash back on them.

If he has goop on his tail area, clean it off. What is his bedding material? Is it clean and dry?

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Uh, sorry if we misunderstood who or what your boy is...mostly we just assume it is a goat when he is peeing and messing himself up.

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Old 06/25/13, 12:23 PM
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Oh, goodness! I'm so sorry, its a rabbit! I thought for sure I posted in the rabbit section... His cage is due for cleaning so no, it is not all dry. His bedding is wood chips.

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Old 06/25/13, 01:00 PM
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I was going to say...maybe if you let him out of the crate he would be more happy! lol!! I couldn't figure out why you were keeping a buck goat in a crate??

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Old 06/25/13, 07:31 PM
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LOL Min!

I am going to try a litter box, because he gets his cage dirty really fast and that contributes to the dirty matting.

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Old 06/25/13, 09:28 PM
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Well, you'd probably get more responses in the RABBIT forum but here goes...


Moulty bucks often get matted butts. Especially if they have really dense fur. I'm someone who has cut mats out of multiple SF bucks (always bucks, too, I do think they are worse groomers or lazier) and given them stupendous haircuts. Just be careful - it is REALLY easy to cut their skin. The last buck I de-matted just this last weekend, and I did give him a little knick... we'll see if it grows in white or not. (most scars grow in white hair) Didn't even bleed, only went through the VERY top layer of skin, thankfully, and he didn't even flinch.

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Old 06/25/13, 10:23 PM
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I'm confused now. The whole bottom layer of his tail is like... hard stuff. Like he got the bottom of his tail peed on and terrible and never cleaned it. Oh goodness. I guess I have a job to do tomorrow.

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