Rabbits’ whiskers are curly because they are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up hair and nails. Keratin is a hard protein that helps protect the whiskers from damage. Curly whiskers help to further protect the rabbit’s face from dirt and debris.
Whiskers also help the rabbits sense movement in the air, which can help them avoid predators or obstacles. While all rabbits have whiskers, some breeds, such as Himalayans, have longer and curlier whiskers than other breeds. If your rabbit’s whiskers are looking a little rough, you can use a soft toothbrush to gently brush them clean. Be sure to only brush the tips of the whiskers – if you brush too hard, you could damage them.
If your rabbit’s whiskers are significantly shorter than they should be, it may be a sign that they are suffering from a health problem.
1. Is it bad to cut a rabbit’s whiskers?
No, it is okay to cut a rabbit’s whiskers. A lot of vets will even recommend having them trimmed regularly so they don’t get caught on things while the bunny is moving around their home. If you feel uncomfortable cutting your own rabbit’s whiskers then try taking them to a professional groomer.