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    Sorry for horrible spelling. Using phone!

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    Babybella - Poppy was indeed just sleeping and promptly woke up when i moved my chair, bless her! Gave me such a fright though!

    Loiuse200 - what we really need are poo pictures which show good-bad in a scale so we can all obsessively watch what comes out of our rabbits and feel good when it's correct! Poppy had no runny bum today and i restricted her to 25g of pellets and hay and fresh water only, she did eat hay last night so hopefully if i reduce her pellets she will continue to eat more when she settles down a bit

    LadyLogamorph - I saw the 2 tier cages on ebay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Indo...p2054897.l4275) which would give her double the space but with the same floorspace until i can find a more suitable housing for her.
    If we have a garden in the new house i would love to buy her this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1514275940...84.m1436.l2649) so she can have free reign. She would also come in the house everyday too though

    Lucy24 - Thankyou, she seems happy enough, settling in very well and already is proving to be a little madam. She doesn't want to just roam around the craft room she wants my undivided attention for 3 hours now!

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    I love it when they lay down like that! such a cutie she really is, if she still has a bad bum don't give her any veggies at the moment just hay and a tiny amount of pellets they really don't need many,mine get an eggcup full each and that is sufficient their diet should mainly be hay and grass I buy my hay in bales from a farmer cause its only 3 a bale and feeding my lot its so much cheaper, I think that's a good idea having a pen for her for when she is in the lounge with you guys

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    Update:



    We now have no runny bum and lots of golden coloured poos! She seems to now be eating her caecotrophs (only leaving the odd few every other day or so) now ive completely stopped giving her fresh veg etc.
    She is down to 1 litter box in the craft room (she did have 3) but she refuses to choose a corner in her cage. When i do find the latest wee corner and move the tray in with her soiled bedding etc to soak it up (and make it easier to change more regularly) she will go do it somewhere else. Plus she just poos all over her cage and not in a specific corner?
    She continues to be very cute and social, coming up to me and licking my nose and nibbling my face like she is trying to groom me. And she me by doing a binky the other day in her cage, very random but very cute.
    Her and Red (the dog) have met a little more and they seem to really get on, though she washes herself a lot if he touches her!



    She has discovered she can get through the baby-gate now...but her hind legs get stuck so she can't get all the way out, so its door shut from now on but that makes it really hard for her and Red to get along, need to find something to put along the bottom so they can still sniff and meet but which she can't get through!

    I am also starting to think she is a boy....ive tried reading posts to help me sex her but i don't really want to poke around down there too much! If She is a he will the balls be quite visible or feel-able, could this help me tell?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoppyRabbit View Post
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    We now have no runny bum and lots of golden coloured poos! She seems to now be eating her caecotrophs (only leaving the odd few every other day or so) now ive completely stopped giving her fresh veg etc.
    She is down to 1 litter box in the craft room (she did have 3) but she refuses to choose a corner in her cage. When i do find the latest wee corner and move the tray in with her soiled bedding etc to soak it up (and make it easier to change more regularly) she will go do it somewhere else. Plus she just poos all over her cage and not in a specific corner?
    She continues to be very cute and social, coming up to me and licking my nose and nibbling my face like she is trying to groom me. And she me by doing a binky the other day in her cage, very random but very cute.
    Her and Red (the dog) have met a little more and they seem to really get on, though she washes herself a lot if he touches her!



    She has discovered she can get through the baby-gate now...but her hind legs get stuck so she can't get all the way out, so its door shut from now on but that makes it really hard for her and Red to get along, need to find something to put along the bottom so they can still sniff and meet but which she can't get through!

    I am also starting to think she is a boy....ive tried reading posts to help me sex her but i don't really want to poke around down there too much! If She is a he will the balls be quite visible or feel-able, could this help me tell?

    Thanks!
    In the first pic, you haven't put her on her back have you?

    Secondly, a trip to the vet for vaccinations and neutering will answer your gender question!

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    Azucena - She was cradled in my arms whilst we tried to get her very runny bottom cleaned, but it was too soiled to wipe it that way so we had to carefully dunk her rear end in some water (there were two of us doing it) and gently wash it away instead. She wasn't very happy about being dried though!
    Im waiting for my new Pets at Home VIP card to come then i can go get her a checkup at the Vets4Pets place they have in there. They said it would be here within 28 days hopefully

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    Poppy is also currently eating Snowflake Meadow Hay (the only thing i can find locally for her http://www.monsterpetsupplies.co.uk/...eadow-hay.aspx) has anyone else tried this hay with their bunnies?

    Im going to try and get her the selection pack to try and then if she likes some of the hays get a monthly delivery set up for her. Where does everyone get their hay from online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoppyRabbit View Post
    Babybella - Poppy was indeed just sleeping and promptly woke up when i moved my chair, bless her! Gave me such a fright though!

    Loiuse200 - what we really need are poo pictures which show good-bad in a scale so we can all obsessively watch what comes out of our rabbits and feel good when it's correct! Poppy had no runny bum today and i restricted her to 25g of pellets and hay and fresh water only, she did eat hay last night so hopefully if i reduce her pellets she will continue to eat more when she settles down a bit

    LadyLogamorph - I saw the 2 tier cages on ebay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Indo...p2054897.l4275) which would give her double the space but with the same floorspace until i can find a more suitable housing for her.
    If we have a garden in the new house i would love to buy her this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1514275940...84.m1436.l2649) so she can have free reign. She would also come in the house everyday too though

    Lucy24 - Thankyou, she seems happy enough, settling in very well and already is proving to be a little madam. She doesn't want to just roam around the craft room she wants my undivided attention for 3 hours now!
    I would advise you to look at companies such as these
    http://www.welfarehutches.co.uk/cate...rabbit%20hutch
    and
    http://www.boylespethousing.co.uk/ra...bbit-cage.html

    They offer excellent quality long lasting good sized rabbit accommodation. I have a welfare hutch for my two belgian hares and its wonderful.

    The cages you linked are very small and the two story indoor one is pointless, the ramp takes up most of the space. You would be better off with a double six foot hutch from one of the above (or similar high quality carpenter) as they are much better designed.

    Poppy is lovely. So is your dog. I also have two dogs (black labrador and an orange and white collie) who are curious about the rabbits. I have never let them hang out together. It only takes a second.
    Last edited by tulsi; 15-04-2015 at 04:07 PM.

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    Hello!

    Poppy is a beautiful bun!
    I think the set up have for her is lovely- but as others have suggested the cage is a little too small for prolonged periods of time. However she seems happy and healthy and looks like she gets a lot of time outside the cage!
    I have one of these cages as I didn't know how small they were for a rabbit when I got my first bunny. I also had litter habit problems with my first bunny just like you are with Poppy. I actually managed to expand my bunnies area and no longer needed the cage. However instead of getting rid of the cage I decided to use the base of it as a GIANT litter box. Guess what? Bad litter habits stopped immediately and he consistently pooped and peed in the litter box!
    Maybe this is something you could try?

    Also; one other thing I picked up on. I don't want to seem like I'm being rude to you as I'm sure you were unaware; but in your recent update photo of Poppy you appear to be holding her on her back. Instead of ranting at you like I have seen people do to others, I would like to share this image with you from the RWAF in the hope it helps to educate you so you can understand the dangers of holding a bunny on its back.



    Again, Poppy is gorgeous and I can tell that she (or maybe he if your suspicions are true!) is going to well loved in your care.

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    Tulsi - The cages you showed me are lovely but far to big to fit in any room in our house, to be completely honest i doubt we would actually get them in the flat at all (the 4ft vivs barely fit as it was when i moved in in oct) plus i don't ant a wooden one as they are difficult to keep clean and as she is an indoor rabbit and i have allergies i need plastic in order to properly clean it out twice a week etc.. Until we move (hopefully jan next year) we are stuck with the indoor cage she has (and the 2 story one i found for in a few months) until then unfortunately.
    She is now out in the craft room most of the day, without supervision as long as i am in the house. We also left her out today whilst we walked the dog and she was fine on her own unsupervised. So she has a lot more room to roam now. However all she does is sit under my craft table, she doesn't run around much or do anything really.

    TheBunsketeers - Poppy is really good at going to the toilet in her litter tray or her cage...but i hoped maybe if she could do it in a single corner etc. in her cage i wouldn't have to clean her out 2/3 times a week as i am doing now. But i guess that is just something i will have to live with as she seems adamant she will go anywhere in there!

    However after lots of comments from people on here i am now of the opinion that Poppy would do better with a more suitable owner as i am clearly not doing very well with her. I will hopefully be looking for a new home for her shortly, once i can find somewhere appropriate to advertise her.

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