I'm pretty new to the forums, and have only posted one question before- that only got one answer.. so I'm not sure if I am posting this in the right place- please let me know
I have a 4yr old Netherland Dwarf Rabbit named Sho'Nuff, and a 4month old Syrian (blackbear) Hamster. They get along fine- when the hamster is in the ball or in my lap. But I am wondering if my bunny needs a rabbit girlfriend (*he is fixed) to keep him company since I am starting school soon? He's been a solo-man indoor spoiled bunn for 4years. Does he really care at this point?
He is a happy bunny... but would he be happier with a second bunny?
Bunny Background (previous home & habits):
I adopted Sho'Nuff just a few weeks ago. he has always been an indoor apartment rabbit, who's never chewed on wires, dug holes, chewed up anything that wasn't given to him. At his old apartment, he didn't even have a bed / cage / box / hut / specified area for himself. He's a great bun, who doesn't do anything he doesn't want to, and won't eat anything he doesn't feel like. Very hard-headed, stubborn, and holds grudes at me if I do something he does not like (like move furniture, or drop something- causing a loud sound).
Bunny Background (current home * habits):
I live in a rather large studio attick of a house. Sho'Nuff has the whole place to himself. He has an upside down cardboard box w/ cut out door for his food dish, water dish, and veggie dish, a sideways cardboardbox with chew toys in it, and his rabbit home- a bid cardboard box about 4' x 1.5' x 1.5'
he has fluffing, towels, T-shirts, and news paper in there.
The only "neutral" space I would have for introducing a new bun would be my bathroom (of course, If i were to get one, i would look through foster homes & shelters first)
I recently got a Syrian (blackbear) hamster this week named Marley. She is in a self made bin cage (26 gallons w/ bin lid that has mesh for ventilation). She likes to roll around in her hamster ball for about 30 minutes, 4+ times a day.
Sho'Nuff & Marley together:
Sho'Nuff does not mind and likes to follow her around SO LONG AS- a barrier is put around his space. (hence- the blankets on the floor- that the hamster-ball cannot roll over.)
Point of this post: (sorry to get off tangent)
SHOULD I GET A SECOND BUNNY?
--> The way Sho'Nuff acts with Marley makes me think that Sho'Nuff would be very territorial if I brought in a new bunn? He does not like the hamster ball in his space, and poops all over his space to mark his territory & show me "i do not like what you did". -if I let the ball go over there (if i forget to put a barrier on the floor). I'm unsure, since he has been a solo-man for 4years... ?
(He seems to just sit/laydown in his box during the day. It's not till the evenings / nights that he lays on the rugs with me, or watches TV with me as he lays on & chews up his favorite phonebook. He seems pretty content.)
-->I am starting school on the 20th of June, and will be gone Monday-Thursday for almost the whole day. I currently, am home most of the time, but about 3x a week I do not sleep at home. I leave everything bunny proofed, with a small light on. He does not seem to mind this. but that ontop of all the hours I will be gone for school... ?
So he will be home alone much more of the day than usual.
Of course, I will still have plenty of time for him and my hamster. I am studying to be a Veterinarian Technician, and something like that would not interfere with my time and care for my pets.
The point of this post is this:
My Bunny is happy, but would he be happier with a second bunny?
[thanks for reading my long long long post, and any help or advice is greatly appreciated!]
[p.s sorry for the bad quality photos! taken with my phone & when it zooms it's not the best quality.]
EDIT / ADD:
He does bink, run around, and lay very relaxed, feet out and sometimes to the side. My dad does construction on the house alot, so sometimes he's on edge, but he knows where and when he is comfortable
and he seems happy as can be. Although sometimes he sits with his butt towards me. but within 2 feet of me. I think that's a sign of happiness?? I hope he's not angry?? He seems relaxed- with his eyes have open