7 Best Rabbit Brushes

Your rabbit is your little bundle of joy.

Its soft and plush fur makes it look like a ball of cotton rolling around.

But wait:

Are you sure that your rabbit’s fur is soft and healthy?

If your answer to the above question is:

“I’m not sure.” or “It looks fine to me.”

Then you need to reconsider the health of your rabbit’s fur seriously.

And it’s time for you to start looking for a brush for your bunny.

And what better place to start than this list.

7 Best Rabbit Brushes you should totally check out

ProductComb TypeBuild Quality
 
Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
Metallic comb with Stainless steel pinsExceptional
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Goldpets Professional Brush
Metal comb with rounded Stainless steel pinsGreat with added silver ions
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Ware Manufacturing Grooming Kit
Bristles on the bristle brush while metallic pins on the slicker brushThe slicker brush is well made while the bristle brush is flimsy
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Hertzko Double Sided Brush
Double sided with bristles on one side and metallic pins on the otherExtremely good
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Oscar Frank Universal Slicker Brush
Metallic pins on a curved, plastic combPretty good with an ergonomic handle
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yepmax Grooming Brush
Natural Boar hair wooden combGood but its wood isn’t great
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DELE Dog Massage Brush
Thick, Silicon bristlesQuite durable all-Silicon build

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1. Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush

 Key Facts
  • Comb: Soft metal comb with stainless steel pins
  • Handle: Polycarbonate, ergonomic handle
  • Self-Cleaning: Yes, due to a retractable mechanism
  • Extras: The handle has a hole on the bottom for easy hanging

Let’s get this out of the way first:

You aren’t going to find a better brush for your rabbit than the Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush.

Your rabbit is precious and Poodle Pet knows this.

So their Self-Cleaning Slicker brush comes with all the bells and whistles required to make a great product.

The pins on this brush are stainless steel, meaning they will break up knots, remove debris, and gently massage your pet’s skin without breaking.

Aside from the pins, there are plenty of other things this brush has going for it.

For example, the ergonomic handle, the self-cleaning retractable nature of pins, and the best the thing about it is its price.

Poodle Pet has priced this brush exceptionally well.

 Things I really like
  • Stainless steel pins do a great job of removing debris, untangling the fur and breaking up knots
  • Cleaning the pins is also easy thanks to their retractable mechanism which activates on the push a button
  • Ergonomic handle provides the grip and traction necessary for using this brush without any hassle
  • Great value for money
 Things I don’t like
  • The bristles can prove to be a little a harsh for some pets so use this brush gently
  • A bit on the bulky side, especially for small pets

2. Goldpets Professional Brush

 Key Facts
  • Comb: Soft metal comb with rounded stainless steel pins
  • Handle: Antibacterial TPR material with Silver Ions
  • Self-Cleaning: Yes, a button on the back enables this
  • Extras: none

if your pet isn’t stoked about getting brushed, it might be because of the pins of the brush.

Here is the problem:

If the pins are rather sharp, the brush ends up hurting your pet.

So in such a scenario, you need something with soft pins having rounded edges.

Goldpets Professional Brush promises just that.

It has Stainless Steel pins that are thick, and most importantly have rounded edges so it won’t hurt your pet one bit.

Aside from pet-friendly pins, the brush itself is made from a TPR material with antibacterial properties.

The TPR material also helps a lot with grip.

And when you are done cleaning, the brush can be cleaned with the push a single button.

Needless to say, Goldpets Professional Brush deserves the 2nd place on this list.

 Things I really like
  • Long Stainless Steel pins with rounded edges ensure your pet remains unharmed during brushing
  • Self-cleaning functionality is a Godsend for people whose pets shed a lot of fur.
  • Antibacterial TPR material is durable and provides plenty of grip to handle the brush without any issues
  • Extremely well priced
 Things I don’t like
  • Folks with larger pets may need to look elsewhere as this brush is quite small
  • There are no replacement tips here, so when the tips fall off, you have to replace the entire brush

3. Ware Manufacturing Small Animal Grooming Kit

 Key Facts
  • Comb: the bristle brush is made from synthetic fibers while the slicker brush has stainless steel pins
  • Handle: Polycarbonate, ergonomic handle on both brushes
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality on any of the brushes
  • Extras: A nail clipper and a wooden chew toy come with the package

Do you know what’s better than a single grooming brush?

A slicker brush, a bristle brush, a nail clipper, and a wooden chew toy.

Now you might be asking yourself:

He has to be crazy, suggesting all of these products.

No, I am not, but this grooming kit sure is.

This rabbit grooming kit promises that it delivers everything you need to groom your pet.

It ships with a starter kit containing everything I mentioned above at a fraction of the cost of the products if you buy them individually.

We have a bristle brush to catch all the hair your pet shed and keep your house and your pet tidy.

After the bristle brush, comes the slicker brush to give your rabbits fur a chance to shine.

The above brushes are coupled with a nail clipper and a wooden chew toy for your rabbit.

The brushes themselves are what you would expect from an affordable kit.

They get the job done well enough not to be a deal breaker.

 Things I really like
  • Both the slicker and bristle brush work quite well
  • The slicker brush is well made and can easily compare to other similarly priced or even pricier brushes
  • Extras like the included nail clippers and a wooden chew make this kit a pretty sweet deal at its current price
 Things I don’t like
  • The bristle brush is a little flimsy
  • The brushes are only suitable for small rabbits

4. Hertzko Double Sided Pins and Bristle Brush

 Key Facts
  • Comb: Double sided with the bristle brush one side which is made from synthetic fibers and the slicker brush on the other having stainless steel pins
  • Handle: Polycarbonate, ergonomic handle
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Extras: Hole in the bottom comes in handy when the brush needs to be hanged

There are a lot of pet grooming brushes to choose from.

On top of the variety of brands that offer grooming brushes, you’ve to decide between a bristle or a slicker brush.

And all of this can become pretty confusing really fast.

So what should you do when you can’t decide between a bristle or a slicker brush?

Get both!

And getting both becomes a no-brainer when they both come in a single package.

Yes, Hertzko Double Sided Pins and Bristle Brush is both a bristle and a slicker brush.

One side of this brush serves as the bristle to remove all the unwanted hair and debris from your rabbit’s fur while the other side, the slicker one, helps you to break up knots and untangle the fur.

Both sides of the brush exceptionally well and provide a well-rounded experience.

So you are essentially getting two brushes for the price of one albeit an expensive one.

 Things I really like
  • Versatile and flexible offering the advantages of two brushes in one product
  • The bristle side is densely packed with fibers and is excellent for removing hair
  • The slicker side has stainless steel pins with rounded edges making brushing with this side risk-free
  • The handle is ergonomic and offers plenty of traction for improved handling
  • Great value for money
 Things I don’t like
  • Brushes on both sides mean no self-cleaning mechanism
  • Bristles come off when used on pets with a rather harsh coat

5. Oscar Frank Universal Plastic Handle Pet Slicker Brush

 Key Facts
  • Comb: Curved plastic comb with metallic pins
  • Handle: Polycarbonate, contoured handle
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Extras: 30 days easy return policy

The 5th entry on our list is a brush that is specially made for people with large pets.

If you have a large rabbit, chances are your small brushes aren’t a great match for it.

If that’s the case, look no further than Oscar Frank Universal Plastic Handle Pet Slicker Brush.

Sure the name is a mouthful, but when it is slapped on something this good, I don’t mind saying it over and over again.

Well, I won’t say the name over and over again but what I will reiterate is:

This brush cleans fur like no other.

The brush itself is curved and has soft metal pins.

Thanks to the curved nature of the comb:

The brush just glides through the coat, cleaning up any debris and breaking up knots in the fur.

Making the process of grooming all the more more comfortable is the contoured plastic handle, which not only improves the handling but also helps with muscle fatigue.

Aside from that, there isn’t a lot going on with this brush.

It is just a simple product which does its job exceptionally well.

 Things I really like
  • Durable metallic pins
  • Curved nature of the comb makes the task of combing really easy
  • The pins aren’t too stiff or too soft; they are just perfect
  • Contoured handle provides improved handling and reduces muscle fatigue effectively
 Things I don’t like
  • The brush is pretty hard to clean due to the lack of any self-cleaning functionality
  • The plastic handle breaks quite easily if dropped
  • Only the large one works well while the smaller version is harder to work with

6. Yepmax Small Animals Grooming Brush

 Key Facts
  • Comb: wooden comb with natural Boar hair bristles
  • Handle: All wooden design
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Extras: Extra small construction for smaller pets

Small pets often have soft fur that is close to the skin.

When the fur is close to the skin, using big brushes with stiff pins or bristles carry the risk of damaging the skin.

In such situations, your only bet is to look for a smaller brush with extra soft bristles.

And if that answer resonates with you (and your rabbit of course), then you and Yepmax Small Animals  Grooming Brush are made for each other.

The brush carries an attractive all-wooden design that not only looks good but also provides a better handling experience than most other brushes that are either made from plastic or metal.

But let’s move on to the most essential part of this brush.

The bristles on this brush are natural Boar hair.

Natural Boar hair are incredibly soft and provide a gentle grooming experience for your pet.

This gentle massage removes hair and unwanted particles, making sure that your rabbit’s coat stays healthy and blood circulation is optimal.

And this brush becomes an even better deal when you look at the price.

 Things I really like
  • Slick, wooden design is stylish and practical
  • Handling is also pretty good thanks to the added traction provided by the wooden design
  • The bristles are super soft, natural Boar hair
  • Excellent value for your money
 Things I don’t like
  • Only suitable for small pets
  • Pretty hard to clean due to the densely packed bristles

7. DELE Dog Massage Brush

 Key Facts
  • Comb: Silicon comb
  • Handle: Soft, Silica Gel handle
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Extras: Eyelet to conveniently hang the brush

The last entry on our list is unlike any other.

DELE Dog Massage Brush stands out from the crowd owing to its unique design and build.

The brush has a Silicon build; even the comb is made from Silicon.

And you might ask:

But why Silicon?

There are several reasons for this, including:

  • Durability
  • Softness compared to combs made from plastic or metal
  • Easily cleanable
  • Doesn’t rust

So you get an idea why DELE Dog Massage Brush is such a promising product.

It offers all the basic functionality you would expect from a quality brush and excels in some key areas.

The Silicon comb is hard enough to clean out unwanted things effectively.

Things like loose hair and dead undercoat are no problem for this brush.

While the comb is hard enough to clean effectively, it is also soft enough not to hurt your rabbit’s skin.

Putting the comb aside from a bit, the handle is also pretty great.

It is made from Silica Gel, the same water repellent substance you often find in laptop boxes and such.

What does that mean for you?

Excellent grip even when the handle is wet.

All of the qualities mentioned above of DELE Dog Massage Brush compels me to give it a big thumbs-up.

 Things I really like
  • Durable Silicon based build
  • The comb has just the right amount of stiffness
  • Anti-slip handle all thanks to the silica gel used in its construction
  • Pretty easy to clean
  • Really well priced
 Things I don’t like
  • Silicon can irritate some pets so be sure to pay attention in this regard
  • If your rabbit has long hair, the brush has a tendency of pulling the fur

This concludes my list of 7 Best Rabbit Brushes, and now is your turn.

Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging just yet.

There is still so much more for you to learn when it comes to grooming your rabbit.

How often should you brush your rabbit?

The answer to this question is multifaceted.

Usually you should brush your rabbit every three days or twice a week.

But things change a little when your rabbit starts shedding fur.

You have to keep in mind that:

Rabbits shed fur three or more times a year.

And this time is very critical for them.

If hair are not removed properly when shedding begins, the fur can end up matted.

Matted fur is not suitable for something as sensitive as a rabbit’s skin.

Aside from skin sensitivity, it can also introduce a whole host of other issues in your pet.

So it is essential that you brush your rabbit every three days and every day during the shedding season.

What happens when you don’t brush your rabbit?

Brushing may seem like a trivial thing to anyone unfamiliar with rabbits.

But to anyone even remotely familiar with the problems caused by excess hair, brushing is a no-brainer.

Following are the problems that are experienced by a rabbit due to the lack of proper grooming.

1. Intestinal problems

See, rabbits are master groomers.

They groom themselves quite frequently.

As a result, their intestines always have hair in them.

Now that’s not a problem for most other pets say, cats, who also groom themselves.

Cats can vomit and thus can clear their system, but rabbits don’t have that luxury.

A small amount of hair in their system presents no problem for them.

But things change when they ingest more hair than they should.

So, tell me what happens when your stomach is filled with something that shouldn’t be there?

You get sick!

Rabbit can get quite sick due to an upset stomach

And in more severe cases this can be fatal.

While a rabbit is shedding fur, chances of your pet ingesting hair increase exponentially.

Brushing removes excessive hair from a rabbit’s fur, making sure that your rabbit doesn’t ingest more hair than it can handle.

2. Matting

Aside from eliminating excessive hair, bushing also helps with matting.

Matting is a condition in which a rabbit’s fur tangles up so severely that it becomes a solid mass.

This condition is particularly harsh on rabbits as they have thinner skin than most other pets.

And if left unresolved, it can lead to several complications.

Brushing helps enormously in this case.

It reduces matting by breaking up knots and untangling hair.

3. Healthy fur

Like any other part of the body, healthy fur is crucial for a healthy rabbit.

Foreign substances like dirt, debris, hay, and insects can cause the fur of your pet to develop problems such as:

  • Matting
  • Infections
  • Parasites

Brushing helps these problems and in turn, makes your rabbit feel great.

4. Muscle fatigue and Blood circulation

Muscles get sore.

It is not a mystery, is it?

Rabbit experience muscle fatigue quite often.

In the wild, rabbits are hyperactive and have plenty of opportunities to get rid of their muscle fatigue.

But domesticated rabbits don’t get to do the things their wild counterparts do.

So it becomes quite crucial for you to take the matter in your hands.

Brushing stimulates the skin of your rabbit.

This stimulation acts like a gentle massage, which results in increased blood circulation.

This increased blood circulation reduces muscle fatigue.

Now you have a fair idea of how important brushing is.

Let’s see how to do it properly.

How to brush your rabbit?

Brushing your rabbit isn’t just a matter of picking up your pet and starting haphazardly.

The process involves various steps and should be performed very carefully.

1. Your rabbit should be comfortable

The first step to brushing your rabbit is to make your pet feel relaxed.

Rabbits are timid by nature.

As soon as you try to pick them up, most rabbits start kicking frantically.

The key is to create a sense of familiarity and security between you and your rabbit.

Try to pick up your rabbit every day gently.

Your rabbit won’t immediately comply.

But as time goes by, it will get comfortable enough to let you pick itself up.

Once you can pick up your rabbit, the next step is for you to introduce it to the brush.

Just like other pets, rabbits are wary of unfamiliar things.

So familiarize your pet to the brush you will be using.

But how can you do that?

Simple, just before you start brushing, let your rabbit smell and bite the brush.

This sort of interaction is instinctive for a rabbit.

As your rabbit bites and smells the brush, it will get familiar with the brush.

Now is your chance to shine.

2. Gently pick-up your rabbit

Be careful and very patient!

Gently pick-up your rabbit and place it in your lap.

Stroke its fur to let you rabbit know you mean no harm.

If your rabbit is comfortable enough, it will even let you stroke its belly.

3. Brushing

Now comes the brushing part.

Start on the back of the neck and move down to the just before the root of the tail.

Use a gentle approach and an even motion that is not too fast.

Be sure to brush along the direction of the fur and not the other way around.

Use a Bristle brush in the start.

When you are satisfied, use a Slicker Brush to finish brushing the back.

When it comes to sensitive areas like the ears and the tail, you are better off not using the Slicker Brush at all.

The don’ts of brushing a rabbit

Following are the things that you should never do while brushing:

1. Don’t pull the hair

If you encounter a knot, don’t use force to pull the hair.

Pulling the hair forcefully is very painful for your rabbit, and there is a possibility that your rabbit will panic and try to escape.

So be really careful and if you can’t get rid of a knot, leave it be and let the vet take a look.

2. Don’t try to cut the matted fur

If you see matting on your rabbit, brush that part gently with little force.

If that doesn’t help, leave it for the vet.

Don’t even think about cutting that part of the fur.

Rabbits have very thin skin, so you can end up hurting it without ever knowing.

Related Questions

Should I wash my rabbit? Rabbits don’t like water.

Nature never intended them too.

So never wash your rabbit.

But in cases where washing is the only option, be sure to use lukewarm water and only wash the parts that require it.

After washing, quickly wipe off the residual water.

Like I’ve mentioned before, rabbits have thin skin, so the chance of them getting Hypothermia are considerably high.

Caution should be practiced in this regard.

Is it normal for a rabbit to shed a lot of fur? During shedding season, it is quite reasonable for a rabbit to shed a lot of fur.

The fur eventually grows back.

But if you see your rabbit shedding when it is not supposed to or the fur never growing back, it can be a sign of a skin infection.

In such a case, take your pet to the vet.

What causes rabbits to lose fur? There can be several reasons for it.

The most common reason for fur lose is Parasite Infestation.

Parasites like mites, fleas, and lice are chief culprits.

These parasites can make the rabbit’s skin feel itchy, and as a consequence, your pet can scratch off its fur.

Again, in such a case, taking your pal to a vet is the best thing you can do for it.

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