The longer I am raising, selling, and teaching people about angora rabbits, the more I am convinced that I should probably start a blog and videos so that they are accessible to reach those who would like to research angora care and the little ins and outs of angoras and their care. So today I am starting this blog page with the basic tools of angora grooming.
Angora rabbits require regular grooming and check overs. A daily practice is to look your rabbit over and to see anything that may be off. It can be something as little as a little matt behind their ears or seeing that they may not be as spunky as they should be, or they just seem off. This also includes petting them, not only to show them love, but this is also a chance for you to feel any oddities on your rabbit.
A weekly practice , or more, is the grooming of your angora. This is essential to your rabbits health and wellbeing. The tools that I recommend every angora owner get is a slicker brush, a pair of grooming scissors, a metal comb with wide and narrow teeth, and a set of nail clippers. I personally prefer cat nail clippers, the dog ones are to big for me personally, but it's a personal preference. Another thing I recommend an angora owner should get, especially if they are being used for their wool and show, is a blower. This isn't necessary, but a huge time saver. I use a 2.5 gallon shop vac that is used only for blowing out my rabbits. You can get a professional blower from Amazon, or any major pet grooming supply store. The purpose of the blower is to help maintain the wool on your angora and blow our all the dander and extra crud that rabbits naturally get into. It also cut my grooming time in half.
I can't say enough how important it is to groom your angora. It is literally a life and death situation for them, since they cannot comb themselves, and they can't get matted. If they do get matted they can't regulate their body temperature and they will get sores on their skin under the matts where the air can't reach. Also when they are molting they will ingest their wool. When this happens they will be at risk for wool block. Angoras can't cough up hair balls and sometimes their wool when ingested gets stuck in their gut. There isn't much you can do about them ingesting some wool, but you can help keep it down by making sure they are groomed regularly and make sure they have ample hay to eat.
Angoras are amazing and fun animals to have and they can have jobs if you chose. It is so important to give them the care they need. If you keep the grooming up the easier it will be to maintain their coats. I find it easiest to schedule it during my week and make it a priority. Like many things, if you have a happy healthy angora, you will have happy healthy wool to make amazing yarn.
I have been an angora owner and breeder for about 4 years now. I am also a mom of five beautiful girls and wife to my wonderful loving husband Bryan, who tolerates my bunny and spinning hobby. We live in beautiful southern New Hampshire.
I am Amanda Fontaine, I run Samollynn Angoras and have been doing so for about five years now. I hope to spread not only the lovely fiber that they share with me, but the knowledge that I have learned over the years from others, and my own experience.