Tofu has been sleeping on our bed lately.
He comes into our room sometime between midnight and dawn, long after we’ve gone to bed. I guess that is when the temperature drops. He sleeps on top of our blankets, snuggled between our feet.
In the morning, he can be found perfectly positioned on that patch of blanket directly on top of a hot water bottle, enjoying the residual heat through 2 layers of blanket. He dozes there for hours while I get up, work out, shower, dress, pack my lunch, check what’s new with the internet etc. He usually hops off the bed (in search for food) by the time I leave for work. Life is pretty sweet.
In winter, if a rabbit has the choice, he would choose to snuggle with a hot water bottle and/or between his humans.
It makes me wonder how pet rabbits who live their entire lives in outdoor hutches can survive even our mild Auckland winters? It doesn’t snow in Auckland, but it can get close to 0°C at night yet house rabbits are relatively uncommon. Yes, bunnies adapt but is that how cold they want to be? Bunnies in the wild live in burrows with narrow entrances that keep warmth in. Most hutches have no insulation and have gaps or netting which do not keep wind out or warmth in. If you have an outdoor bunny, please consider bringing him or her inside over winter.
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