Yes, rabbits can swim! But they suffer when they are simply put into the water and are afraid of drowning. Who wants to fight for their lives for minutes without being able to stand or go to the shore? Nobody! Neither does your rabbit!
Please pass on this information! Too often you see rabbits swimming on Instagram.
The only exception can be a medical indication.
Don´t bathe your rabbit!
Unless your rabbit has a disease, it does NOT need to be bathed. If your rabbit has soiled bottoms, you can clean a rabbit’s bottom by gently holding it over a bowl or sink and wetting and washing its dirty areas.
Rabbits are like cats, they groom themselves to stay clean. Never immerse them in water! Rabbits can easily die from shock and hypothermia, they dry out slowly and it can lead to bladder infections, pneumonia and other serious illnesses. The ordeal of bathing puts them under extreme stress. They can injure themselves when slipping or kicking. The rabbit in this well-known internet picture, supposedly relaxed in the water, has been put into a trance. This is a state in which the rabbit goes into temporary paralysis, trancing is a reaction from the wild. If a rabbit is attacked but has no means of escape, it will play dead. This rabbit is incapable of action and is afraid for its life!
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