Hello. It's Belinda.
TODAY'S BLOG IS FOR RABBITS ONLY.
If you are a roommate please stop reading now. Thank you.
Well it's August and that means my fur is exploding.
So I wasn't surprised when I received an urgent email from my friend Poppy Baby Scott.
Here's what it said:
"As you can see I have groomed myself to where I can reach and my Mammy has been trying to catch me to take the excess fur from my back but I just can’t let her do that."
He attached this nice portrait to the email.
First of all, Poppy, thank you for the "real-life" photo.
I think every rabbit reading this is on your side.
I know I am.
The other day my roommate said I have a "wolf cut like Billy Eyelash."
I wish she wouldn't talk about wolves. Think about it.
Anyway, the "grooming battle" has been going on in this house for years.
I've learned some tricks along the way. I hope they help you Poppy.
The most important thing I've learned is that being groomed is better than doing it yourself. I know that's hard to believe.
But if you get too much fur in your belly you can get "GI stasis."
Then you have to go to the vet. And your roommate will give you medicine and food from a dropper.
Not to mention extra grooming to keep the GI stasis from getting worse.
So I'm sorry to say this Poppy because you asked me for help. But the goal with grooming isn't to run away. The goal is let your roommate groom you and get it over with.
But pay attention to what's coming up in bold letters.
The grooming has to be on your terms.
That's right. You have to train your roommate.
I never said my "tips" were easy tips. I hope your roommate can follow directions.
First you have to be clear about what your "grooming rules" are. Every rabbit is different.
Here's my list:
1. No grooming after meals or snacks. I eat a lot of fiber. Give me at least 30 minutes to digest everything.
2. No "yanking" or "plucking." I'm not an ear of corn.
3. Use the HairBuster comb for my shoulders and "bloomers." Use it to work on a small section at a time.
4. Use the grooming mitt for my back and hips. This tool is good for "mullets" if you know what I mean.
5. If you hit a tangle just undo it with your fingers. No need to tug. This isn't a race.
6. After three minutes I'm done. I need time to "get the itch off." My fur feels like electricity when I'm groomed.
Now you might be wondering how I train my roommate.
When she does something right, I sit still. When she does the wrong thing, I run and hide behind the dryer.
It took years for my roommate to catch on. She's not a "quick study."
In fact, in the beginning she took me to a "pro groomer." That woman was all business. I couldn't get away with anything.
My roommate would stand there the whole time saying, "Belinda is being so good for you. I can't believe my eyes."
The grooming place didn't have any hiding spots. I know when I'm "out-witted."
Anyway I hope these tips help everyone reading this blog.
"Good luck to us all."
Spokesrabbit, Small Pet Select