How Much Does It Cost to Cremate a Cat?
Unfortunately, cats are not immortal, despite their nine lives. So, sadly, there will come a time in every pet parent's life that we must say goodbye to our best furry friend.
Unless you own your home in a region where you are allowed by law to bury your cat, cremation is a good alternative to traditional burials.
How much does it cost to cremate a cat and what does it entail? These are both common questions asked by concerned pet parents.
Let's delve into this subject to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the act of taking your pet's deceased body and placing it in a specially designed crematory, where it will be burned to ashes by incineration.
What Are the Types of Cat Cremation?
Although, the general cremation process is all the same, there are three main types of cremation for pets; Individual, private, and communal. Here is a little information on them and how much it costs to cremate a cat using each method.
How Much Does It Cost to Cremate a Cat?
Individual Cat Cremation and the Cost
Depending on the crematory facility, your deceased cat will either be cremated alone or put into its own chamber which is separated by physical barriers. The crematory keeps detailed information about the location of each individual pet and will ensure the ashes of your cat are indeed its remains
The cost of an individual cremation will greatly depend on the facility itself. In general, because the remains must be incinerated individually, it can range in price up to $150.
Private Cat Cremation and the Cost
As the name suggests a private cremation is just that; private. This means you will be allowed to witness all parts of the process, in a special private room, behind a window. Just like the individual cremation, your cat will be incinerated alone so this cost can rocket up to $200.
Communal Cat Cremation and the Cost
This type of cremation will be the most cost effective as your pet will be incinerated along with other animals. The communal cremation does not allow you to bring home the ashes as there will be many intermixed together. Because of this reason, the cost is much lower at around $70.
Which ever option you choose, you can find a crematory in your region by asking your veterinarian, your local animal shelter or by contacting a funeral home (some do offer pet cremation services). Once you have located one, this is a good time to ask what options are available to you, along with the prices.
Does My Cat Have to Have a Casket?
One of the common questions about cat cremation is; "does my cat have to have a casket?"
The answer is a simple "no."
Most people faced with this situation will wrap their pets in a towel or a favorite blanket. Some crematories will also allow you to include small personal items such as a toy, poem, the collar etc. However, most facilities ask that foam bedding or plastic not be included due to environmental reasons.
What Do I Do With My Cat's Ashes?
The Most Popular Method of Memorializing My Cat
The urn is by far the most popular and common method of keeping your cat's ashes. Urns come in all different styles as individual as your precious fur baby and are a secure way to memorialize your feline friend.
Here are just some of the top urns made for cats.
Egyptian-Inspired Cat Urn
Most cats carry the attitude of royalty, so why not make her final resting place in this Egyptian-inspired urn?
It looks like it belongs in a museum, rather than an object that is holding your beloved feline. The head of this piece is removable which will allow you easy access and it's finely carved features is beautiful to behold.
Sleeping Cat Angel Urn
"All dogs go to heaven" and so do cats. This high quality solid brass urn finished with a glossy black lacquer is a heart-warming final resting place for your precious feline.
The cat is depicted with the wings of an angel and will bring you peace and a smile each time you look at it. The precision threaded screw on the bottom of the urn will keep your cat's ashes locked inside without making it look obvious.
Memorial Box With Beautiful Inscription
"A heart of gold stopped beating, four little paws at rest. It broke my heart but this I know, God only takes the beat."
This beautifully crafted wooden urn finished in black maple is the perfect place to memorialize your cat. The poem is sweet and simple, yet packs a powerful message. It measures in at 3.5" x 3.5" x 3.5" and will hold a pet that was up to 17 pounds. In addition, this urn has two screws on the base that will secure those precious remains.
Near & Dear Pet Memorial Urn
Created in medium-density fiberboard, this cat urn not only holds your precious pet's remains, but it has a secure sliding panel where you can put your favorite picture.
It measures 5" H x 3.5" L x 3.5" W and can hold up to a 15 pound pet. It's sleek design will fit into any home decor and is a simple, yet meaningful way to memorialize your cat.
Personalized Ceramic Cat Urn
This beautiful durable ceramic cat urn can be personalized with your feline's name and date of life on the front of it for a lasting memorial.
The elegant design is finely crafted with an airtight lid. The entire urn only measures in at 6 1/4 inches but it can hold up to half-a-pound of ashes.
Perfect Memorials Cat in Basket Urns
This beautiful urn measures 6-3/8" W x 4-3/4" D x 6-1/2" H, so it's relatively small, but it can fit a lot of ashes and emotions all in this tiny container.
It's made out of cold cats resin and features a bottom panel that is screwed on, so you don't need to worry about it breaking open.
Other Ways of Memorializing Your Cat
There are also several other popular ways to memorialize your cat. Some are available through the crematory itself, which can be purchased at an additional cost.
Scattering the ashes in your cat's favorite outdoor spot or by a tree he could see from your home is a lovely way to say goodbye.
Other pet parents opt to plant a tree or flowering bush in their feline's memory by adding the ashes to the hole under the plant. Watching a tree or plant grow and bloom each year is a wonderful way of remembering all your cat meant to you.
Another option is the take some of the ashes of your cat and place them in specially-made jewerly. There is also cremation art and a process that will take your cat's ashes and turn them into diamonds.
Ask your crematory what they have available for memorializing your best furry friend
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