What to Do When Your Cat Dies at Home


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What do you do with a dead cat?

Faced with the imminent death of a beloved terminally ill cat, or when a feline companion has suddenly passed away, disposal of the remains is a difficult subject to contemplate. However, planning ahead for the inevitable is important and helps avoid making rushed emotional decisions that you might regret later.

What are the disposal options?

Many methods of disposing of animal remains are governed by state or local laws, so part of the planning ahead includes investigating the laws in your area. For example, some counties prohibit the burial of pets in backyards or the scattering of pet cremains. A local animal shelter or veterinarian can help you navigate the legal landscape.


Cremation can be arranged by your veterinarian or possibly a local animal shelter. There are two methods:

  • Community cremation: The cat's remains are cremated along with other deceased animals and disposed of in accordance with the law. Usually there is no charge for this service.
  • Individual cremation: A cat's remains are cremated and the remains are returned to the cat owner for final disposal. Fees vary, as do the costs for permanent memorial urns for pet cremains. Some people choose to keep the remains of their pets to be buried with them when they die.

Full body burial

When it comes to burying your pet, you may have the option of burying your cat at home or at a pet cemetery.

  • At home: This method is used regularly by owners of grieving animals. It can bring a sense of closure by having a private service and keeping the dead cat's remains nearby. There are a few drawbacks to this method. If you move out, you will leave the leftovers behind. Pet owners who live in an apartment or house with a shared yard may find it inappropriate to bury at home. Finally, this is prohibited by many national and local laws. Owners who bury their deceased cats at home can face fines or legal repercussions.
  • In a pet cemetery: Pet cemeteries exist as a final resting place only for animals. If you're having trouble finding one in your area, your vet will likely be able to refer you or help arrange burial services. Check that the pet cemetery has set aside funds for the perpetual upkeep of the cemeteries and that deed restrictions are in place,
    ensuring that the grounds will always be used for the burial of pets.


While not for everyone, some people can find immense comfort in having a permanent, lifelike visual reminder of a cat they loved very much in their home. The price for this service typically starts at around $ 1,000 and increases depending on a number of factors. A veterinarian can help pet owners consult with professional taxidermists.

Frequently Asked Questions

No matter how prepared, losing a pet can always be a shock, and dealing with the practicalities afterward can be emotionally draining. Considering a few common questions can help prepare owners for the stressful time surrounding a cat's death.

Will someone come to my house and take the animal's body away? A mobile veterinary clinic may be able to come to your home.

Animal control services will also pick up deceased animals for a fee. The death of your pet will not be considered an emergency, so at night, on weekends, or on holidays it may not happen until the next business day.

If there is a delay, what should I do with my cat's body? Like humans, cats can expel feces or urine upon death. It is not a signal that they have gone through pain; when they die, internal organs and muscles relax, releasing waste.

It is good to clean your pet a bit after it dies. Depending on how long you have to wait, you can carefully wrap the body in towels and place it in an appropriately sized box.

If you have to wait longer than two hours, or in hot weather, carefully wrap any leftovers in plastic wrap, place them in a large plastic bag, seal them tightly, and place them in a cooler full of ice cream all around.

These details are painful to think about, and even more painful to realize. Remember that your cat's essence is no longer in its body. Careful and respectful handling of your beloved cat's remains will be a testament to your love.

When it's all over

When you've dealt with all the final details, the enormity of your loss may strike you immediately, or you may feel numb and unable to cry. Grieving a loss is a long process and you may never feel fully recovered. By understanding and recognizing the progressive stages of grieving, the day will come when you can look back on your life with love and smiles instead of tears.

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