Planning ahead for a pet's passing
July 9, 2010 10:52 AM Subscribe
I want to plans to deal with the eventual death of my pets. They're healthy and happy but I know small animals don't live too long, and I'd like to know what to do before I lose them.
I've previously buried pet hamsters in tiny boxes in the yard, but my current pets are larger and I'm not the owner of the property. I know some people get cremation through a vet but I suspect those services are costly, and I don't have a vet in the area. I don't think I need to keep the animal's remains with me, but at the same time it seems so wrong to just wrap a lost friend in a bag and toss in the dumpster. Perhaps the ideal thing for me would be some way to preserve the animal's bones, as I am an art student and would love to be able to make them into something as a tribute. The only way I can think to achieve this however involves leaving it out to rot, which sounds even worse than the Hefty bag.
Any experience or advice on handling the physical aspects of pet death (especially medium-sized like cat or rabbit) is appreciated.