>I have been through a similar process, the grave goods I gave to my
>rabbit were a tea towel covered in fruit and vegetables and a whole
>apple, seems stupid especially as I do not believe in any afterlife -
>but you never know!
>It is interesting but whether one believes or not rationally, there is
>always a hope and possibly a primitive desire to give goods representing
>need or delight.
I think you are trying to rationalise your own actions and making 2+2=5.
Unlike some animals such as cats (and most politicians) mankind is an
instinctively socialable creature. That is to say, our species has found a
genetic advantage in devoting some of our resources to people who are not
directly related to us. And so humans create relationships with others with
no obvious genetic relationship and are then compelled by their nature to
assist/nurture them even though there is no direct benefit.
Rationally, such relationships only work "genetically" if they provide
mutual advantage as in a society whereby if you take on a moderate risk to
your life to save someone from a very high risk of death, then being part of
a society, there is a "contract" for others to do the same for you. Obvious
examples of mutual benefit are when one person falls ill, and is supported
through that illness in the expectation that they will help others if they
fall ill thereby (on average) providing benefit to everyone genetically.
Obviously, that instinct can also be applied to other species such as
hamsters and rabbits - and presumably that was a necessary trait for the
development of animal husbandry and farming. That is to say, we begin to
work against our immediate selfish benefit, and donate some of our resources
to assisting another species as if they were "part of the family".
What I think you experienced was a conflict between this genetic compulsion
to "fulfill your social contract" with your pet rabbit and the obvious
problem that they were dead and about to infest the house with flies.
The solution you chose is very obviously an attempt to both follow your
compulsion to "nurture" your "friend" (i.e. feed the animal) - and follow
your compulsion to remove "unclean" things from your living space.