Rabbits continually groom themselves. Just like cats, they end up ingesting their own fur. This means that what enters the stomach, must proceed through the digestive track. At times, fur may become impacted in the digestive track causing serious and life threatening complications- known as both, hair balls or wool block.
It is generally easy to spot the symptoms of wool block or a hair ball coming on your bunny.
- They will start to become lethargic.
- They will start eating and drinking less and less, eventually stopping.
- Their stools will become smaller and smaller, maybe even being strung together with tiny pieces of wool.
This can all happen in a single day. Rabbits have to eat, even 24 hours without food is dangerous. In this case, an emergency trip to a good vet will probably be necessary.
To prevent any intestinal blockages or hairballs, we of course recommend a daily dose of hay and veggies, and regular brushing, but you can also stay one step ahead by providing a daily (or 2-3 times weekly) portion of dried papaya.
Papaya contains a natural occuring enzymes that can naturally break down hair in your rabbit's intestinal tract.
Recommended by at least 3 bunny experts as a daily or 2-3 times a week remedy*
(references: cooperthepooper.com, bunny101, thebunnyhut101, happy-days-farm.com)