by Michael
(London, UK)

Photo by George Williams (Flickr)

I would like briefly to discuss cat cremation urns. Clearly this is a sensitive subject fraught with difficulty but one we all have to face - the passing of our beloved cat companion. Is it fair to say that the majority of cat keepers have their cat cremated on their passing? I am not sure. I believe that it is the preferred way as it is inline with current thoughts about the cremation of people, a more popular option over burial.

On the basis that cremation is the chosen option, a cat cremation urn is a way of keeping your cat near to you after his or her death. This may seem morbid to some, perhaps many people. For me, though, it is the preferred method of dealing with my cat's loss.

I have the ashes of my Missie in a wooden urn in the living room. When Binnie passes on - she is currently 18 years of age (at Jan 2011) - she will join her and when I go..I'll join them both!

One worrying aspect of pet cremation for me, and I would welcome some input on this, is ensuring that the ashes that we receive after the cremation are those of our cat. A simple desire but we cannot assume that the ashes are the remains of our cat companion. We have to make sure and that is another subject that is fraught with difficulty, I feel.

Personally, I would want to see my cat placed in the furnace and then removed after cremation; a one hundred percent certainty that the ashes are her ashes and not the ashes of literally anything else. In short I would hope that I would insist on seeing the whole process from start to finish or actually taking my cat from the vet (if euthanised) to the crematorium. That might seem unreasonable or too demanding but I feel it necessary on such an important matter. What do you think?

At the very least, there is the possibility (likelihood?) that the ashes will be mixed with those of other companion animals and at worst the ashes could be those from any object that can burn. Do we see the actually cremation? You can see that I have rather low levels of trust in service providers - years of experience I guess!

I think you will find that some pet cremation services in North America and Europe provide "genuine individual cremations". I would certainly insist on this if you wish to keep the ashes in a cat cremation urn. There is no point in doing it if the ashes are not those of your cat. And I believe that we need to know for sure that the ashes are the right ones. This service: Dignity Pet Crematorium in the UK says that they only provide genuine individual cremations. That's good but I would check and monitor. In fact they are based not that far from London so I could use this service and quite likely will.

If you want to search for these services using Google, I would search for "pet cremation services" using if searching for North American services and for UK services or prefix the search with the country, "USA pet cremation services". Then look for "individual cremation" or "private cremation" a service in which the pet is cremated entirely alone. I can't see the point of doing it any other way. And it seems to me that we should be prepared in advance, meaning a crematorium has been selected in advance, for common sense reasons.

The business providing the cremation service will no doubt also provide a cat cremation urn but I would feel pretty confident in saying that the choice will be wider on the open market. That is why I have provided a selection on Amazon, which by the way have a good selection both for the USA and UK markets.

Here is just one example of an urn, chosen at random from the US market:

And finally a very nice one from the UK market:

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Cat Cremation Urns

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Jan 20, 2011 Memories
by: Kath

I would far rather keep the memory of my beloved ones in my heart than their ashes in urns.
They are not ours to keep.

Jan 16, 2011 Cat cremeation urns.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

I have burried all my pets in the same location, the 'Prabhadevi beach" sands close to my residence in Mumbai.My two dogs, a female spitz "Blondie", a female dachshund "Lucky" and a mixed female albino siameese cat "Trixie" were all buried in the same location as we prefer burying to cremeation.In Mumbai there are cremeation facilities as well as burial facilities for pets at the local animal hospital in Parel.Its ultimately a personal choice regarding the last rites of our beloved pets and i have all my pets ingrained in photographic memories for recollecting the "Good" as well as the "Bad" times that they shared with me and my family.

Jan 16, 2011 Me too
by: Rose

I'm sorry Micheal but I agree with Ruth.
We have no right to keep anything that doesn't belong to us and animals certainly do not belong to us,we merely care for them for their earthly days.
You do need to be careful about the place you take them to because a friend asked for a casket and also a pouch of ashes but when her old cat's ashes were returned,it was some of his fur in the pouch.
We can only find a place we trust and ensure it's not a money making venture but that the people there truly respect pets after death.
It's a very sad subject and one we never want to face but we have no choice but to face one day.

Jan 16, 2011 Cremations
by: Barbara

Although I believe that cremating a beloved cat when the time to part comes is far better than the old way of burying them in the garden I can't say that I would ever want to keep the cremated remains in a casket. My own personal opinion is that in death they should be free, as they should in life. I don't believe in keeping cats captive in life or death. When I have lost people and cats that I loved I have chosen cremation and then scattering to the four winds, we are made from carbon and so our ashes go back into the earth and we are born again. But I stress that is only my own preference and I have no problem with other people's opinions being different to mine.

But, as some of my friends already know, I work in a funeral home and I thought you might be interested to know that the death of human loved ones raises just as many questions as the death of a feline or canine loved one. Some people react with horror to the thought of having the cremated remains returned to them to keep forever, preferring them to be scattered in the garden of remembrance, or to scatter them themselves somewhere that had a personal meaning to the deceased. There again some people want to pick out an ornate and beautifully made casket in which to keep the cremated remains near them, sometimes they intend to have those remains buried alongside themselves and sometimes in time yet another casket is filled and bequeathed to the family.
I know that despite rumours to the contrary that people are cremated individually and that there are rigorous rules and checks to ensure this, and I also know from our experiences at the pet crematorium that one is able to request an individual cremation, albeit at extra cost, we have chosen this despite deciding not to have the remains returned, I have no reason to believe this wasn't carried out.
I think sometimes you just have to have a bit of faith and trust and be thankful that someone is prepared to provide this service for us when the time comes that we need their help.

Jan 16, 2011 My thoughts
by: Ruth

Everyone has their own opinion about this and no one is right and no one is wrong as we can only do what we feel is right for ourselves and our pets.
In my opinion and also my sisters as we now live together, it's not our place to keep either a persons or a cat's ashes trapped and earthbound(so to speak) although we do have friends who have their late pets ashes in urns and we respect that it's their way of dealing with the great sorrow of loss.
Cats are free spirits, we never 'own' them in life and we have no right to 'own' their ashes after death.
At our old home which we owned and never intended to move from, we always buried our pets in the garden when they died but when we had to move it was the worst part, leaving them there.
Since we moved to rented property we have sadly lost 3 cats and have taken each to the same Pets Crematorium where we are assured each pet is cremated individually and there is a Garden of Rest with a grave for every month of the year.
We had all 3 of our cats ashes scattered in the August garden because Bryan and Popsy died in the month of August and Ebony's birthday was in August, although she died in the month of May.
It is a beautiful out of the way place with trees, flowers and birds and to us that's where our much loved cats would have chosen to RIP forever.
We believe in setting the earthly remains of our loves ones, people and pets, as free as their spirits and souls become upon death.

Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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