Looking at photos of rabbits spending their time sleeping in their quarters made me ponder how they actually feel in terms of relativity. I wonder how long is an hour to them and if they are able to keep time. Most of us spend our time away from home and our pets tend to have very long waiting time. Measuring in human hours, I would be bored to death doing nothing but waiting. As humans, we are able to find things to occupy ourselves especially now that we have the internet on our palm most of the time.
How does it actually feel as a rabbit, a dog, or a cat staying home all day long waiting for our owner to be back home?
Taking the definition of hobby, I guess that’s how it is – only in our free time. It seemed that we’ll only have time for our pets whenever we have extra time to spare unless we ensure that we make time for them daily.
Out of the twenty four hours a day, I am sure we will be able to find at least an hour or two to spend with our pets. Then again, we will never be able to feel and know if animals have a sense of relativity – space and time that is….
I some times wonder how time affects a rabbit. Do they feel how fast or slow time passes? Do they ever get bored doing nothing?
We know for a fact that there are only 24 hours in a day but have you ever wonder what that means to a rabbit? How does a rabbit perceive time? Do they know or remember the past or even yearn for the future? How long does a minute feels like being a rabbit?
I believe that pain is the only feeling an animal can feel and depends on which species, some are known to feel pleasure while others do not.
Do rabbits feel lonely when left alone? Perhaps if we know for sure that rabbits can perceive time, we might be able to also conclude that rabbits can feel loneliness. That is because loneliness increases over time as in being alone for a long period of time brings about the feeling of insufficient interaction with another living thing.
Just imagine living life without the constraint of time – no year, month, week, day, hour, minute or second. I believe most animals are built like that because unlike humans with very well developed intelligence, they have no knowledge of time.
I spent a little time searching the internet regarding this topic and found an interesting article. For those interested, you can read it here.
Like the white rabbit, I must say “oh my furry whiskers I’m late I’m late I’m late”.
And I have to add that I am late for bed. Good night everyone and have a wonderful week ahead!
P/S: How can a rabbit hold a pocket watch when it cannot perceive time?
January is truly the time when everything is being renewed. I just ordered my membership renewal with the ARBA for another 3 years and that made me realized how fast time has crept up on me. Though the membership does not bring much tangible benefit to me at the moment, I still feel happy making the numbers count. It is nice to be apart of such a huge organization grown out of a wonderful hobby. There are always opportunities to grow further whenever I am ready to venture more into the hobby by ensuring my membership does not lapse. Besides, the Domestic Rabbit magazine do provide a lot of information that helps me keep abreast with the latest developments in the hobby.
Soon it will be Chinese New Year. I remember not too long ago, it was the year of the Rabbit and it was such a busy year for the rabbits and I. We were so busy participating in interviews and photography sessions. This year being the year of the Horse, I believe that horse stables around the country are getting a lot of attention at the moment with journalists trying to write a little more about the animal. Though the rabbit is out from the limelight this year, my father seemed to be at centre stage each year with his captivating paintings. Horse being his favourite painting subject, he painted quite a sizeable collection this year. Please feel free to browse through his works at www.simonchanart.wordpress.com. You will notice a few different painting styles as you go through his “online gallery”.
In the blink of an eye, we are all a year older and so are the rabbits. It scares me to think that they are growing old too quickly and that I might be bidding them farewell.
Murdoch is now over 2 years old and at his “prime” age. As I was going through old photos stored in the computer, I found a photo of him as a little wee bunny. He was so adorable back then and he still is although he is going through quite a major moult right now.
Murdoch in 2012
Murdoch in 2014
Here wishing all celebrating the Chinese New Year safe travels and Gong Hei Fatt Choy. May the new year brings you prosperity, joy and health!