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Brief history - despite my protestations the missus bought a Flemish Giant boy who is now about 11 months, and recently got him a FG girlfriend who is...ummm....about 5 months old. She is lead caregiver and up until now I've just followed her lead as the bunny-whisperer. The whole bonding thing is recently completed and all seems good in the 'hood.
One thing troubles me, and not her. These bunnies seem in all respects happy, healthy and doing what they should do. My concern is the amount of time they spend alone together, away from adult (and dog) companionship. Yeah I know, by now you're thinking "that question again!" however I've yet not been able to find a good answer.
It's winter in this part of the world, and long story short, the rabbits spend most of their days sitting together in a freezing cold, dark kitchen instead of a warm, cozy lounge with the heatpump blazing, with toys, couches and rugs to lie on. Granted, they seem happy lying together on a rug in said kitchen, but it strikes me as illogical why an animal, apparently social and intelligent, would choose 10 hours a day in the cold and dark, when warmth, compainionship and entertainment is on offer in a room 5 meters away.
I'm assuming this is normal, and yes I'm assuming MY expectations will have to change, and I'm all good with that. Just as long as it's normal behaviour then I won't feel like we're missing something ...
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