Afraid of Rabbit Depression
I have a 8-11 years old male Lion Head rabbit. His name is Archie. Well I adopted him during summer and of course I spent most of my time at home with him- so he is very accustomed to seeing me and receiving regular attention from me most of the day. School is starting for me soon here and I will be gone from 8AM-4:30PM every week day!
I am worried he will get bored or lonely. I would consider getting him a friend so he isn't alone all day but he is an arthritic rabbit so a new rabbit will probably be too much for him. I'm concerned he will get depressed again. I had to be housed for 4 days in the hospital and he would not eat, drink, or even exercise himself when given the chance- he was very unfriendly towards my mother (who was caring for him while I was in the hospital). He also became this way when I was only home about an hour every day to care for my animals, and then having to leave again (that was one week I was very busy). I am worried that since I will be seeing him less, he might get depressed again.
He doesn't really like anyone else here that will provide him good attention. He will see me regularly anyway when I am home, since he is housed in my bedroom (where I spend most of my time).
Please do not tell me to re-home him because I "don't have enough time for him." I do have enough time for him, I'm just worried how he'll handle me suddenly being gone for large amounts of time. He will also have to be caged while I am away (which will be far more cage-time than he has every experienced before). I don't want to give him away- we both have a connection with each other and he has a lot of health problems that someone else would have to experience. I love him to pieces despite all of his little problems but they are expensive to keep maintained.
So what do you think? Will Archie get depressed? What can I do?
~ Proud mommy of rabbits, rodents, and a dog ~