Most animals keep themselves clean by taking a bath in water. This means they will get wet. If you own a cat or dog, you’ll most likely give them a bath once or twice per week as a way to keep them clean. As for rabbits, are they one of those animals that can get wet?
So, can rabbits get wet? Rabbits should never get wet. These creatures will usually keep themselves clean by grooming frequently. There are exceptions, however. You may need to give them a bath from time to time. If you do, it’s mostly due to the rabbits not being able to move around. This could be from arthritis, obesity, or old age.
Is It Dangerous For Pet Rabbit To Get Wet?
Yes, it can be dangerous for them to get wet. Most of the time, it will not cause them any harm. Other times, getting wet could be fatal for them.
If they do get wet, the rabbit’s fur has the ability to repel the water. Too much water would be difficult for them to repel it.
In any circumstances should a rabbit be submerged in the water fully. This means trying to let them swim or give them a bath in water that covers their entire body.
Rabbits getting wet will cause them stress and could lead them to go into shock. This is when it can get very dangerous for them.
Rabbits are perfectly good at keeping themselves clean and dry. They will groom themselves often throughout the day.
Do Rabbits Get Sick If They Get Wet?
Yes, rabbits will get sick from getting wet. A little wet will not harm them, but if their whole body gets wet, it could harm them.
When a rabbit gets wet, they will experience intense distress. They will try to get away from water at all costs. This could lead to them injuring themselves trying to escape.
Also, getting wet could lead them to get hypothermia. This is when the body tries to warm itself up, but unable to. Prolonged exposure will cause them to go into shock, and they will eventually die from it.
Even when the weather is warm, rabbits are also prone to hypothermia. While it may seem safe to give them a bath during the summer, it’s not a good idea. The rabbit gets cold quickly and due to their thick fur, they dry slowly.
Finally, the rabbit’s skin is very soft and delicate. When they get wet, their skin will become soft. This will make their skin prone to cuts and tears.
Can A Rabbit Die From Getting Wet?
Unfortunately, rabbits can die from getting wet. This is usually due to hypothermia or shock.
For that reason, you should try to give them a bath or get their entire body wet. If the rabbits are outdoors, make sure there are shelters for them to go under when it rains.
What Should You Do If Your Rabbit Gets Wet?
If your pet rabbit gets wet, you should dry them immediately. Use the process below to dry them quickly.
1. Paper Towel
Use a dry towel and gently rub your rabbit’s fur. If the rabbit is extremely, wet, it’s a good idea to use a couple of towels to dry them faster.
You can use soft hand cloths or paper towels as well. These are extra-gentle and would damage their fur.
2. Blow Dryer
Once you get them dry enough, finish the job by using a blow-dryer. Turn on the dryer to low heat and move it up and down the rabbit. You can use your hand to massage their fur while blow-drying them.
3. Wrap Rabbit In Blanket
Once the rabbit is dry, you may still need to provide them warmth. Place them on a soft blanket and wrap it around their entire body. This will keep them warm and help their body’s temperature return to normal.
Can Rabbits Go Out On Wet Grass?
It depends on how wet the grass is. If the grass is a little wet, it’s fine for them to run around. It won’t be enough water to soak their entire body wet.
On the other hand, if the grass is extremely wet, you should consider keeping them off the grass. Their fur will soak up the water from the grass as they move along it. Enough water will cause their fur to become extremely wet. This can lead to hypothermia if the rabbit is on the wet grass for a long time.
If the rabbits’ exercise area is on wet grass, consider moving onto a paved area or into the garage.
Giving Rabbit A Bath
There are times you may need to give your rabbit a bath. If you do, it’s extremely important not to give them a full body bath.
Giving your rabbit a bath can be stressful for them and can put them in shock. Many rabbits have died from this kind of trauma.
If you do need to give them a bath, there are 3 types of baths that you can try. Each is explained in details below:
This method will require 2 people to give the rabbit a bath. You’ll also need a slip-free mat and a sink. A rabbit-safe shampoo is optional.
Below is the process to give them a rinse bath:
- Set the slip-proof mat in the sink. One person holds the rabbit, while the other person holds the spray nozzle or faucet. Again, never wet the entire body of the rabbit.
- Spray a little water onto their fur and massage them gently. Keep massaging until the area is clean of dirt and debris. If the area of their fur is extremely dirty, you can shampoo the area. Apply just a small amount of shampoo and work the fur until the dirt is loose.
- Once you have given them a bath, immediately dry off the rabbit.
This method should be used if the rabbit is filthy, and it will take a long time to clean them. You’ll only need one person to use this method.
- Fill the bathtub or tub with water about 2 inches high. Make sure the water is lukewarm.
- Place a slip-proof mat into the bathtub.
- Bring in the rabbit. Make sure they are calm first before placing the rabbit into the water. If they try to escape, don’t force them into the water. You’ll only make matters worst. Instead, let them run around for a while until they are tired. Then you can try again.
- Place the rabbit with its rear down first in the water. All their feet to soak first. Then move the water up to the area of their body that needs cleaning.
- If you have to use shampoo, use rabbit-safe shampoo only. Shampoo made for humans will not work for rabbits as it will make their skin irritated.
- Massage the shampoo and water into their fur gently.
- Spray water gently onto their fur to remove the shampoo.
- Once done, dry your rabbit immediately and place them into a blanket.
Dry baths are the most popular method to give a rabbit a bath. This is due to no water involved. Rabbits prefer this method to the other 2 listed above.
To give your rabbit a dry bath, follow the simple steps below:
- Place a slip-proof mat onto the floor, table, or surface you’re planning to use.
- Grab a cornstarch-based baby powder. The powder should be talc-free and contain no fragrance.
- Lay the bunny onto their back with their belly facing upward.
- Apply the baby powder to the area that is soiled.
- Massage the powder into the soiled area, and it should begin to come loose.
- You can use a vacuum to suck up the baby powder. If your rabbit is scared of the vacuum, use a brush with a soft bristle and comb them powder out.
- If there is fur that’s tangled, use a pair of scissors and cut the area off. Try to cut as small of a piece as possible.
- Once you’re done with the dry bath, brush the powder completely off the rabbit.
A rabbit isn’t one of those animals that can get wet. They don’t need a bath to keep themselves clean and will seek shelter when it rains. If your rabbit is dirty from playing outside, it’s best not to give them a bath. Instead, give them a dry bath if you can. Also, if the rabbit is kept outdoors, always make sure there is a shelter for them to go under when it rains.