The Quality Cashmere
Always up for a cuddle and effective than their miniature counterpart — though they love a good play session as much as they do a snuggle — the Cashmere Lop is a very placid breed of rabbit. They’re will greet them, and also friendly with strangers and accept a pat.
There aren’t many reputable breeders with Cashmere Lops available as pets, but they are lovely rabbits with a friendly, inquisitive personality. There is no nationally recognised breeders registry for rabbits; experienced breeders are usually members of their local club. Cashmeres are high maintenance in terms of grooming, so it is best to wait for a rabbit from a breeder who is a member of their state club, since a reputable breeder will take care to ensure you are given one with a good coat that is easier to keep free from knots, and in good health — and be a wealth of information about caring for them and keeping them well.
The females are generally preoccupied with reproducing and are often more aloof than the males. They may also be more aggressive due to their hormones. On that note, it’s highly recommended pet bunnies should be desexed. As well as reducing antisocial behaviour with male rabbits, it can reduce uterine cancers in females. It’s important not to bring home a bunny under eight weeks of age, as they still rely on their mothers for healthy gut bacteria.
What To Expect
Weighing in around 1.5 kg, the Cashmere Lop is a fluff ball with a wide face and middle span floppy ears that normally drop at around three to six weeks of age, and they come in various colours. They consume a diet of rabbit pellets or mix designed specifically for rabbits, meadow hay, oaten hay, grass, and safe fruits and vegetables including celery heads, bok choy, carrots and broccoli — though lettuce will make them very ill, especially iceberg.
A regular source of hay is not unimportant for a bunny’s wellness – so they count on roughage to move things through their program, they cannot regurgitate. Like cats, they’re prone to hairballs, and eating hay keeps these passing through their program as opposed to sitting inside the belly.
Groom Me Baby!
The Cashmere Lop ask orderly grooming, owing to its long coat, which can reach between one and two inches in length, and is prone to knotting. You’ll need to I take care when grooming them, as knots can be easily missed. If you blow into their coat or use a blow dryer on a cool setting you should be able to see their skin. If you can’t, then it’s back to the grooming brush as there are still knots in there!
They require even more frequent grooming when they are babies, and when they moult, which happens around four times a year. Once or twice a fortnight should do the trick for adults, and a couple of times a week for babies and moulters is ideal.
Additionally, take note that owing to their long jacket Cashmere Lop, have a tendency to perish more in the heat. You can bring them indoors or monitor them more often, to help them with this: instead, some individuals have them shaved or clipped to keep them comfortable.
Another option is to consider a Dwarf Lop — they have a similar personality, but none of the grooming issues that long haired rabbits like the Cashmere has. Cashmeres are beautiful rabbits, but it is important you’re aware of how much grooming they’ll require; if you aren’t consistent with it, their coat will get very matted very quickly, which will be hard to remedy.
Cashmere Lops will also need their nails trimmed regularly. You should check their nail length monthly. She explains that rabbits have evolved to dig and burrow, so in the wild, their nails wear down naturally.
If you bought your rabbit from a reputable breeder, then they will show you how to do it — or feel free to ask them, it might take you a little practice, and you need to take care not to cut the blood vessels, though you can dab on a little corn-flour to help stem the blood. Some rabbits may allow you to lie them on their back, while others will be happier sitting on your lap or a table.
Remember to lay a towel on your lap first to help with wriggly rabbits, or you can wrap them in the towel. Rabbits are no different to dogs or cats when it comes to clipping — none really enjoy the process, so take it slow and steady, and don’t be surprised if they try to pull their legs away.