Today is the winter solstice which means it is the shortest day (or longest night) of the year. The night tonight will be over 14 hours. In New Zealand, Matariki the Māori New Year is also celebrated during this season.
Tofu snuggles on the couch with me on most nights. I often fall asleep on the couch and he falls asleep on top of me. I like to think it’s because he wants to be me close to me, but the reality could be that it’s cold on the carpet and the couch is warm….and I am nothing more than a giant hot water bottle.
Rabbits are fluffy and can tuck his limbs underneath to keep warm. A cold rabbit sits upright and resembles a round dinner roll. But if a rabbit is warm and comfortable, he will lie down very flat with his long fluffy legs streeeetched to resemble a baguette. That is now Tofu sleeps on me on the couch. Stretched out. Leisurely.
When I hear about people keeping their rabbits outside in a hutch, I know that rabbits can survive out in the cold. I once had rabbits that lived in a hutch outside. They survive. But survival and preference are two very different things. Given the choice between the carpet and the couch. The couch wins. I have no doubt that given the choice between spending winter indoors or outdoors, indoors would win.
So for those who keep their bunnies outdoors, please considering bringing them indoors for winter.
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