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    oh wow I adore geckos! your dog sounds lovely, we have a whippet a lurcher and a jack Russell so there is no way we can let them around any other animals as their hunting instinct is so strong, we have to muzzle the whippet and lurcher when on a walk, not because they are aggressive but to keep the wildlife safe, poppy is seriously cute

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    I have read all the other excellent posts - the trouble is on here, we are all "experts" which is wonderful really. One of the most important aspects of keeping rabbits is always being gentle with them, talk to them lovingly and in a short while she will become more confident and relaxed. As she is one of the smallest of the breeds she really doesn't need huge amounts of food, a small portion of dried food ie about 2 teaspoonfulls and hay with occasional bits of say spring greens or a little bit of grass or a dandelion leaf. This ensures her digestive system isn't overloaded as you probably know rabbits digest their food twice to extract asmuch nutrition as possible. When she has been on such a diet as this for a month or two she should start to eat her cecals and her digestive system should start to work normally with no mucky bottom etc. Try not to give her sugary foods such as carrot and fruit as these are not good for your bunny. Hope Poppy settles down well with you but we always would advise never to leave her unsupervised with your dog.

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    Porthos - The Geckos were lovely, i mainly looked after then for my old school, but i spent a couple of years with them!
    My dad has a jack-russell and if it is smaller than him he will try and eat it, he was a nightmare with all my animals!
    Ours is very gentle though, he licks my snakes and tries to play with other animals.He crawls on his tummy towards poppy as we have taught him to be small when approaching as he is so big!

    Tonibun - Poppy doesn't really eat much hay as far as i have seen, the old hay she got at the petshop was more like yellow straw but the new hay i got her does seem to get a better look in. I will give her less pellets and veg and try to encourage her to eat more hay by hiding her other treats in it (the branded ones mentioned in the top post).
    I have seen the 6 hay trial pack from The Hay Experts which i may also buy for her to help her begin to enjoy hay and eat more of it. I only gave her tiny tiny pieces of carrot/apple as a treat when she was out and about, to encourage her to come to me (i saw that some rabbits will respond to their name if you treat them in the beginning) plus this was what she was mainly fed on before i got her so i thought it best to wean her off it slowly rather then just cut it off completely.
    I would never have her out unsupervised with our dog or any other animal in the house, there will always be a human to watch out for her when she is out exploring, too many things could go wrong and i love her too much to risk it!

    Does anyone feed their rabbits things like Naturals Breakfast Cookies (https://www.thehayexperts.co.uk/breakfast-cookies.html) or 5 A Day Salad Sticks (https://www.thehayexperts.co.uk/5-a-...ad-sticks.html) as an occasional treat for your bunnies?
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    Poppy is lovely and welcome to the forum

    I use a horse bedding which is paper based called megazorb in an underbed storage box covered in hay. It's about 8 a huge bag and lasts ages and you can get it from agricultural places. This might be a good alternative to shavings for you

    The metal puppy play pens are really good if you want to provide more space but keep her contained. you could put it around the cage.



    Something like the below or you could just get a pen and put it around the cage.

    You sound like you are doing lots of research which is great. Maybe after you have her neutered and feel more confident with her needs you could find a local rescue in your area and pick up a neutered husband for her.

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    Hi Lady Logamorph - My craft room isn't actually big enough for one of those pens! It's only 2x3m and its obviously filled with vivariums, bookcase, Poppy's cage and a table and chair etc. But it would be good for the kitchen/living room if Poppy and the dog get on, it would be good as she can socialise with us more as we watch tv and read
    Until Poppy and the dog are better acquainted she will have to remain in the craft room where it is safe and secure, just in case.
    Ive kept her in her cage for the minute so she can recover from her bum-bath this lunchtime and dry off properly, but later she will come out for 2-3 hours and roam around to her hearts content and have some snuggles from me

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    Heart in my mouth moment..turned around to see this....





    First thing i did was check online what it meant...apparently a happy bunny?

    She is still breathing and keeps sort of nodding off and waking up and stretching out a bit more, a bit like i used to do on the bus home from work.


    I never knew bunnies laid down! Sounds really silly but ive only ever seen one laid on it's tummy.

    I nearly cried, i thought i had killed her after 6 days She is ok isn't she?

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    I saw on here pictures of rabbits sleeping and some look like that, I'd have had a heart attack if I'd just seen that. Mine seem to sleep sitting up, spotted their noses stopped twitching sometimes which I read was how you know they are sleeping,

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    I think people call it the 'dead bunny flop' ;-) I've seen a couple fom my outdoor male pair and they really are asleep and don't wake when I go into their enclosure.

    That's a good idea re the types of hay to try. I'm currently obsessed with seeing my newest rabbit's poos transform into bigger golden hay poos, I must get out more lol. She loves the Timothy hay from a local horse feed farm place which can work out well for cost too. She didn't seem to eat much at first but it was likely a bit of settling in to do as well.

    Not sure if you've checked out the housing ideas link from ElmoandFern yet but there are great examples on there of the nic or 'c and c' cubes where people build bigger or taller enclosures out of them. So many great ideas

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    Maybe a two tier cage/hutch like you said would be good then you can offer more space without taking up space. Mine frighten me all the time laying like this....I have had to prod one of mine to wake him up before

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    She is gorgeous! Welcome to the forum! i started iff with a indoor cage.... Charlie now has me wrapped rou d his little paw and as the kitchen, hallway and beddroom... (only the kitchen at night) haha your girlie seems happy, enjoy

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