There comes a time in all pet owners lives where they have to say goodbye to their beloved cat. Hopefully, you will have had time to decide what you would like to do with your cat's body after he has passed. This is a hard decision to make for any pet owner and careful consideration should be taken. Are you likely to move in the near future? Are you renting? Are home burials permitted in your local area?
There are several options including:
- Pet cremation (communal cremation where your cat along with other deceased pets are cremated together, or individual cremation, where your cat is cremated on his own and his ashes are returned to you)
- Veterinary disposal
- Burial at a pet cemetery
- Home burial
This article will look at how to properly bury your cat at home.
Check with your local council to see if you are permitted to bury a cat in your garden.
Ensure that there are no underground cables in the area you plan to bury your cat.
If you are renting, check with your landlord that he or she is okay with you burying your cat in their garden.
Choose the location carefully. It is best to bury your cat in an area that is not going to be renovated at a later stage (for example putting in a swimming pool).
Bury your cat in a public park.
Bury your cat near a stream or creek as contaminated soil can leach into the water.
What you will need:
- Biodegradable cardboard box
- Sheet, blanket or towel
- Strong string or rope to tie around the box
- Large stone or paver
How deep should I bury my cat?
Dig a hole, this should be at least three feet deep to prevent scavengers digging up the body.
Your cat will need to be buried as soon as possible as decomposition occurs very quickly, especially in the warmer months. If immediate burial isn't possible, ask your veterinarian to store your cat's body until you are able to bury him. Alternately, wrap your cat in plastic, and place in a styrofoam container filled with ice, ensuring there is drainage at the bottom to allow melted water to escape. This method is temporary, and should only be used for short-term. Ensure the container either has a heavy object placed on top or is securely strapped to keep scavengers out.
- Dig the hole where your cat is to be buried. Ensuring it is at least 3 foot deep.
- Wrap your cat in the sheet, blanket or towel and place him in the cardboard box and tie the box with rope or strong string.
- Place soil over the box and firm down well.
- Put a large stone or paver over the area to prevent scavengers digging the grave.
- Many pet owners choose to decorate the grave with a plant (such as catnip, catmint), a headstone or an ornament.