All posts tagged: house rabbit

Tofu Tuesday: On the couch

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 …

Tofu Tuesday: King size bed

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 …