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If my cat died, what would I do with her poor little body?

Asked by ubersiren (15046 points ) December 18th, 2009

My cat isn’t dead or dying, so forgive the morbidity. It crossed my mind that if she passed away, I wouldn’t know what to do with her. We live in a townhouse community and have no yard in which we would be permitted to make a grave. I’d hate to just put her in the trash.

Have any of you had a similar problem? What would someone’s options be if they lived in an apartment complex or other regulated community?

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Velvetinenut's avatar

When my cats died, I had them cremated. They are therefore still with me but in a jar… which makes it kinda difficult to skritch their heads and hug them.

I leave in an apartment block.

jaytkay's avatar

I would ask my veterinarian.

syz's avatar

Many cities have ordinances against burying animals within city limits, although most people ignore them. Vet clinics usually offer the options of disposal (landfill) or cremations services (cremation with ashes returned with option of elaborate urn, cremation without ashes returned, and some companies also offer burial on their own property). There are a few pet cemeteries in scattered cities, and the occasional, um, curiously attached individuals will have their dead pet taxidermied or freeze dried. I’ve never seen it done, but there are also companies that will use the ashes from a cremated pet to create a gem.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

First of all I’m sorry – this is really up to you
you can bury it or bring it to your nearest vet

Leanne1986's avatar

Usally you can get them cremated through the vets for a fee. I had to have my 11 year old cat put to sleep earlier this month and I decided to have him cremated. It cost about £60.

ubersiren's avatar

Cremation may be the way to go if I’m still in a place where I can’t bury her. I’m not one who would preserve an animal’s body. :/

Sorry, Gypsy, I know I’m talking about you like you’re dead. I ask this question with love.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

If you live in an urban or suburban area, cremation is an option. Out in the sticks, you can just bury the remains anywhere on your property. I have done this several times.

CMaz's avatar

Bury in back yard.

That is what I did with my last dog. This way you can visit your friend from time to time.

Side note:
Now and the I get the urge to dig him up.

Leanne1986's avatar

@ChazMaz She’s already said that she doesn’t have a yard in which to bury her moggy!

CMaz's avatar

Well, there is always a lot or the woods.

Supacase's avatar

I would take her to the veterinarian. I miss my kitty

HighShaman's avatar

There are pet cemetaries where you can have your loved one burried .

OR; they will cremate them for you , if you wish .

I can’t see just throwing a pet way .. after all; they give us so much unconditional love and enjoyment .

Cruiser's avatar

Take it out to a peaceful spot in the woods where you will be able to hike to and visit when you are out on your walks. I know it is illegal in probably just about every urban area. But I’m sure you could find a place that would be well suited for the occasion. Bury it deep though scavengers like to dig them up if they smell them as my kids found out after their burial of the parakeets! A foot of cover seems to do the job.

stevenb's avatar

We have had our cats cremated. The vet put them in a box, and we put a picture frame of the kitty behind the box. It is sad, but. Good to feel as though we are still close and taking care of her. That was one of the hardest thing I’ve ever done, having to take her to the vet and put to sleep. She wouldn’t eat for over a week and had such bad cancer. Good pets are just like family and deserve the same respect and love in death you gave them in life. I hope your kitty lives a long long time. My cat is 18½ right now and slowly going downhill. It is terrible to watch, but I give her all of the love and attention she wants, and then some.

stemnyjones's avatar

I wanted to cremate my cat, but it was waayy too expensive. Ultimately I left him with the vet to dispose of… but they just end up throwing the animals away.

AGRIGENTO's avatar

Mine are buried in their favorite sunning spot in the yard, under their favorite tree etc. I try to find a spot that I equate to them. One cat, Derby, is by a large rock that I painted his picture on. Each morning the sun shines on that rock and reminds me of what a great cat he was.

rooeytoo's avatar

I always buried mine in the meadow below my place. But since I moved to Australia I have only faced it one time with a very large dog (Rooey) and while I was living in Sydney. It cost a fortune but I had him individually cremated and he is in a crock that travels with me. If I ever settle permanently somewhere I might sprinkle him into the earth.

downtide's avatar

When my dog dies I will have her cremated. There’s no way I could possibly send her to landfill. :’-( But I might scatter her ashes up in the hills near where I live.

ubersiren's avatar

@boffin Oh my gosh!

Theby's avatar

You can bury him/her if you have a garden. Put up a little memorium with a photo! If you don’t have a garden you can get him/her cremated and keep the ashes. Your local vet will be able to inform you about cremation details.

Jewel's avatar

@boffin Excellent link! It looks like the complete guide to, well…Dead Pets!

njnyjobs's avatar

When I had pets ages ago, dogs and cats got buried in the backyard after they died… little critters like birds and hamsters and fishes… those got fed to the cats.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, either cremate her or your vet will be able to ‘dispose’ of her body.
I have always been fortunete to have property over the years.

The ‘pet cemetary’ has expanded…dozens of goldfish, pet rats, bunnies, cats, a dog, numerous chickens, and most recently my beloved old granny goose.

Just the other day I noticed a beautiful group of wild sorrel and purple thistle springing up from her gravesite beneath a huge Oak tree. Made me smile!

My much loved 14 yr. old cat will be the next resident. :-(

Coloma's avatar

Be thankful you are not burying a horse…that is one huge ‘undertaking.’ lol

rahm_sahriv's avatar

Have your pet cremated. You can then scatter the ashes or like I have for my min pin, keep the ashes in a small urn.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Holy moly, what a dilema. If you could not aford to have her cremated or having her stuffed is not your thing, you might be able to get away with buring her in an open trails are or piblic open space, then to remember where she was plant a robust plant over her grave then anyone coming afterward will just figure it was some tree hugger adding a plant. Ot you could find a body of water and in the wee hours of the monring when most are asleep send her off in a burning raft Valhalla send off style.

GrumpyGram's avatar

We used to put ours in a box and bury them in the backyard and have a little “service” for it (for the children, really). I hadn’t thought of this question in a very long time. So sad.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Gadzooks, if you can’t bury the cat where you live you can always chose a wooded open space most communities I know have someplace like that near and bury her there. Then plant a distinquishable plant over her so you will know where she is at but no one else would.

stevenb's avatar

My kitty passed away and now sleeps beside my bed in a little wooden box holding her ashes. After almost 19 years I think she deserved to get to stay by my side and have a special place to rest. With me. I love my kitty.

zzc's avatar

Talk to your vet about options for disposing of the body. I don’t think the bodies are put in landfills. If you do not want the ashes back, the cremation is done for a number of animals at a time, I believe. I have seen urns for pet ashes at art shows, probably you could find something by Googling. You could spread the ashes some where. Or perhaps you know someone with a lovely garden who would let you bury your cat there. Or, you might find someone (Craig’s list?) who has a pet cemetery on their property and would allow you to use it too. Your local Humane Society would also be a good reference. What a thoughtful, and loving pet owner you are. Your vet can also tell you about groups who share the loss of a beloved pet, very comforting with the grief of your loss.

flutherother's avatar

This very question cropped up at work once. An elderly eccentric colleague brought a large leather bag with her to work and asked what she should do with the contents. Inside the bag was her deceased cat. It had expired overnight and she didn’t know what to with it.

lanabanana41598's avatar

When my cat passed away my family and i decided to get him cremated so that we would always have him, just in a different form.

lanabanana41598's avatar

ETA: and put in a urine so that we could keep his ashes and not have him get left somewhere with a bunch of other poor deceased animals ): <3

stevenb's avatar

@lanabanana, I think you meant urn? I had my kitty put in a little wood box and she sleeps next to me every night, like she loved to do.

blueberry_kid's avatar

Have a very civil funeral for it. Make it a happy one. Then maybe (spiritually) the body of the cat can be preserved. Otherwise, if my strange advice doesn’t help, ask your veterinarian.

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