Impending pet death (probably). How do I take care of the remains?
April 16, 2014 12:58 AM Subscribe
I think I'm about to have to deal with the loss of a beloved pet cat. I am not sure how to best handle dealing with her remains. I want to keep them. Can anyone help me figure this out?
posted by Because to Pets & Animals (13 answers total)
I had one of the nastiest shocks of my life this afternoon when I took my at-least-18-year-old cat to the vet for a respiratory infection. The vet told me that she was basically at death's door due to other, yet-unknown factors, and that she might not make it through the night. I knew she'd been a little under the weather for the past 2 or 3 days, but I had no idea it was anything like this bad. I'm pretty sure she's going to make it through the night, but when we get the test results back tomorrow morning I will find out what else I can expect. If she will only get worse from here, I have to try to be prepared to handle that. Which means trying to figure out what to do with her body before I am a total shaking gibbering wreck.
The first option is cremation. It's been very difficult to find useful information about that online. Places don't offer prices unless you call them, and I haven't found a useful source of, I don't know, reviews? I want somewhere trustworthy. And I am unemployed and down to my last thousand dollars, so I want somewhere that isn't going to scrape me for as much as they can get. I can probably ask friends to donate a few dollars to the Cause, since they know how much my cats mean to me, but it ain't gonna be no $750. I do know I'm going with the individual cremation, I-actually-get-my-cat-back route if I go this way. Does anyone have recommendations for trustworthy places in and around Seattle? I know my vet will have suggestions, but I would like to be more prepared.
My ideal option would be to have her skeletonized and keep the bones. I don't have a dermestid beetle colony, though, and I don't know anyone who does. There may be a friend of a friend, and I'm looking into that. But does anyone have any idea how I could go about finding someone who does? I don't need her articulated. I'm not sure I would even want that. I would just like, if I could, to have her bones rather than her ashes. It just feels better.
This sucks. Please help me figure out the logistics so it sucks a little less.