Many years ago, I kept English Angora rabbits, Jersey Wooly and now Mini Cashmere Lops
and as a consequence gained a great deal of experience with long coated breeds.
The Angora is top of the
list when it comes to the necessity of clipping and grooming. Their coat grows like sheep – continually. Angoras should
not have to suffer a matted coat (which can vary in extremity) and therefore need regular attention.
Other semi-long coated breeds grow their coat to a certain length and that is it. However, when rabbits shed their coat
and owners miss grooming them, some (not all) can end up with matted areas that need to be dealt with.
For a average job, I charge a minimum of $40, which is quite reasonable considering the time and effort it can
take. If needing major work the price would naturally increase, though I still try to keep it at a fair/reasonable
amount. Bunnies tend to be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. I like to give bunnies 'time out'
during a clip, so they can take a break to hop around, go to the toilet and refresh themselves with food or water.
Here are example photos of a cross bred angora bunny dumped in a cardboard
box next to a rubbish bin. The young lady that found and adopted the poor fellow brought him to me to clip his coat.
Although it is not obvious in this photo, he had large solid masses of tangled fur stuck to his skin.
Before and half way through the clipping procedure . . .
. and then finally all done and most definitely feeling much more comfortable now!
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Boarding Bunnies and Cavies
(please be advised that I'm based in Wanniassa, Canberra, ACT)
It is not surprising for pet owners to be pleasantly relieved when they find me, for they can then
go on a relaxing holiday with the knowledge that their bunny/s or squeaks are being well looked after. On occasion I may receive
a postcard or an e-mail saying, "Hi we're having a wonderful time!" or "How is my baby, is
he okay, does he miss me?"
Many a time, I've heard disastrous stories about someone's pet
left in care with people who knew little about them. Unfortunately, if unfamiliar with the tell-tale symptoms of
any illness, they don't realize the seriousness of the situation. Or some even forgot to feed, water or check
on the pet, resulting in unnecessary suffering or worse case scenario – death.
arrival boarders receive a health check, so I can make sure they are in a good healthy condition and to avoid introducing
contagions to my rabbitry. I generally do not reject bunnies with treatable health issues, though much depends on what
it is. For example (and sometimes unbeknown to owners), I've found cases of wryneck, mites, fly blow, malocclusion, snuffles,
weepy eyes and various other kinds of health issues.
Apart from their own companion/s,
boarders do not co-habit with any other rabbits and so therefore are somewhat quarantined.
Although owners do not have to provide anything, they may choose to bring along veggies, which might
go to waste while they are away. Some also arrive with their buns favourite treats, a special toy or whatever might be
Interestingly and quite often owners notice a visible improvement in their pet's overall condition
and comment that their pet looks fitter and healthier – as if having stayed at a health farm. This might
be due to an improved diet with my usual practice of providing an abundant variety of fresh vegetation. Sometimes too,
owners are informed about their pet needing to gain weight or alternatively the chubby ones would be put on a diet.
To achieve this I adjust food intake accordingly to individual needs.
Boarding charges are reasonable in
comparison to cat and dog boarding fees.
Overnight charges (calculated from the day you drop off but not including the day of collection)
'Potluck' hutches (available in a variety of styles and sizes) only $7 a night for one bunny (or guinea pig).
Otherwise two or more companion pets sharing a hutch are $5 each per night.
Or for spoilt bunnies 'The Executive'
$10 a night per
bunny for up to two sharing companions then $5 for each extra bun
If need be, your pet
will receive a complimentary manicure (or if maulting a quick brush/pluck) and if you'd like, I would be happy to demonstrate
Advanced bookings are recommended and I can also
cater for 'special needs' pets.
Phone Christine 6231
5862 or Email
Sarah Fischer - Gumnuts Stud - Phone 0403 006 103 Email
Blackalls Park (Lake Macquarie, NSW) - also servicing Hunter Valley, Newcastle (10 mins off the
Pacific Hwy & 2 hours north of Sydney)
Michelle Teear - Phone (02) 40238304, 0402 924 819 Email
Melody is very experienced with bunnies (former
breeder) and husband is a rabbit savvy vet. Phone 0412 929 202
Sydney (drop off locations St Ives & West Pennant Hills)
Email or visit website: BunnyWonderland
(Smithfield) Sally Arnold Wildwood Rabbit Stud Ph (08) 8254 8601
or 0418 611 780 E-mail
Wanneroo (WA) Kim McDonald Email or Phone 0412 907 704 Abbey Green Rabbit Stud
Melbourne Bek's Bunnies Phone 0416 276 997 or Email
From these photos you can see that Bek has fabulous boarding accommodations . . .