Living with Bunnies: Shedding (aka the Furpocalypse)

With Easter coming up, I thought I’d do a series of posts on what it’s really like to own a rabbit (or to be a “bunny slave” as they would put it) – just in case any of you see my photos and think “gee, bunnies sure are cute – maybe I’ll get one for Easter!”

Being fuzzy animals, bunnies shed their fur just like dogs and cats do, and as a result they need regular grooming (brushing). But in addition to the regular shedding of fur, bunnies also go through periods of heavier shedding (sometimes called “molting”), usually in line with the change of seasons (although not always).

Now, the severity of shedding for any bunny depends somewhat on the size and breed, but all sizes and breeds need at least somewhat regular brushing sessions. And different kinds and sizes of bunnies will require different kinds and sizes of brushes, too – long-haired bunnies will need a different kind of brush than short-haired breeds.

This is the amount of fur I got off of my bunny Chuck after just 2 minutes of brushing.

Still, no matter what kind of bunny you end up with, there will be a fair bit of brushing required – and that means a lot of fur, as well.

Both of my bunnies are relatively short-haired breeds, yet even they produce copious amounts of fur (as you can see in this picture). If you have a long-haired breed, you can expect even more fur.

Even aside from the fur you get during brushing, there’s the fur that just naturally comes off of bunnies all the time – this fur will float on the breeze and settle all around your house. (Trust me – bunny fur will find its way everywhere, even into places you can’t imagine.)

So if the idea of that much fur floating around your house isn’t appealing, and you don’t like having to brush an animal frequently (and collect and dispose of all that soft, fluffy fur), then maybe think twice before getting a bunny – especially if you’re thinking of getting one for Easter. (After all, chocolate bunnies don’t shed!)

Stay tuned for more updates and stories of what it’s like to live as a “bunny slave!”

By Keith Survell

Geek, professional programmer, amateur photographer, crazy rabbit guy, only slightly obsessed with cute things.