HELP!!! How to give 10 bunnies a bath

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Caelma, May 24, 2005.

  1. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    I done a stupid thing.
    I put to many bunnies in the same cage (young ones)
    temporarily (2 days) to re do my cages and set up.
    I mean they all had room to easily move around and even lay down.
    Now my NZ whites and NZ yellows.
    They sat in dishes last night
    (I put extras in cause there were so many)
    They sat, peed and messed in them and now it is all over them.
    I'm not sure what to do but need to do it in the next hour ot two.
    Dish soap? No soap? certain kind of soap?
    Warm wet rag only?
    I was thinking putting them in individual crates
    in shaving in the house over night till they were dry?
    Don't want them catching a draft wet.
    Suggestions? Please?
     
  2. Xandras_Zoo

    Xandras_Zoo Well-Known Member

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    The yellow will probably shed off after a while. It may not be safe to bathe them, since they are young, unless you have a warm barn to put them in.
    I know yellow on the feet can be bleached out slowly by lemon juice. I am not sure if that would irritate their skin if you dowsed them in it, though.
    If you wish to bathe them still, you can use baby or kitten shampoo, but the fur may be stained anyways
     

  3. rzrubek

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    Well, all i can say is after you get them cleaned up, think about replacing those dishes with J-feeders and either water bottles or a auto watering system. Much more sanitary and will save you a ton of time. I think you will be allright if you give them a bath just like you would a kitten, keep them warm until they are good and dry. Good luck, I hope they clean up for you.

     
  4. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, and I do have feeders, it's just this was a temp
    situation (that turned into a mess) while I
    was re arranging things.
     
  5. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can give them a bath, but chances are, you won't be able to get all the urine stains out. What rabbit show exhibitors use on white rabbits to remove stains is corn starch. I've heard of a few different variations on it, but I just dumped the corn starch on the stained area and worked it in well, then brushed it out. May take a couple of applications, but voila! It works! Just keep brushing until you can't see anymore clouds of corn starch even when the fur is stroked backwards.

    Pat Lamar
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    Chairperson, ARBA Commercial Department Committee
     
  6. rzrubek

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    I know about temp situations!!! I had a couple does that were sisters, had been together all their 8 week life. I seperated them one day and the next day i wanted to clean a cage so i thought i could put them back together since it had only been one day. Well, they didn't lose ALL their fur before i could seperate them!!!!!!!!! :bash: Moral of story: once seperated thats it!!! Good Luck with yours. Randy