For most pet owners, dogs, cats, lizards, birds, and rodents become nearly like children. We spend a part of every day caring for their needs and making sure they’re happy and healthy. They reward our attention with their cute antics and by being our companions.
That’s why it’s hard to think about what happens at the end of a pet’s life. This small creature you’ve nurtured, often since babyhood, is suddenly ready to pass on. As you’re being hit with a tidal wave of emotions, you have to make decisions about what to do with them. Many choose to put them down before a disease gets too painful for the animal. Then there’s the decision about whether to bury or cremate them.
For some, keeping a pet’s ashes allows them to better remember and honor the pet they loved for so long. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, but a purpose-created pet urn makes a nice memento if you can’t bear to be rid of the ashes. Some create an altar based around the urn, as an ongoing memorial for a lost pet.
Some urns are subtle and reserved, while others are a little more ornate. Some offer the ability to include a picture of the pet to further enhance the remembrance. No matter how you celebrate your pet’s life, there’s a style of pet urn for you. If you’ve recently lost a pet, the editors at Heavy offer our sincere sympathy as you make this delicate and difficult decision.
For the sad and inevitable event of your pet’s death, we’ve gathered the best pet urns to provide some solace in remembrance.
1. vitrifiedstudio Stoneware Clay Pet Urn
A handmade piece makes an especially nice memorial for your passed pet. This one is made from stoneware and features a lovely white glaze. The words “forever loved” are engraved on the side as a touching tribute. The natural cork lid is also a nice touch. This particular option is meant for a pre-cremation weight of up to 20 pounds, but this studio can be made in other sizes, colors, and with different text to suit your specific wishes.
2. Perfect Memorials Cat in Basket Pet Cremation Urn
If your recently deceased pet was a cherished cat, this may be a good option. The sleeping kitty on top reminds more of a long slumber than of death. The opening for this is a panel on the bottom held in place with screws, while the piece itself is made of cold cast resin. This piece will work for cats up to 25 pounds. It also comes in colored and black versions if the bronzed look doesn’t work for your chosen display area. For memorializing a dog, there is one with a sleeping pup, as well.
Price: $49.95 (38 percent off MSRP)
3. Near & Dear Pet Memorials MDF Photo Urn
If you like the idea of an image to represent your pet, you can also get an urn that holds a photograph. The photo you choose will help you remember your cat’s hilarious antics or your dog’s handsome face for years to come. This simple model comes in three sizes. This one is the 25 cubic inch model for pets up to 15 pounds. The 40 cubic inch model is for pets up to 30 pounds, while the 85 cubic inch model will work for pets up to 85 pounds. There are also options for color, including natural finish and cherry finish in order to match your decor.
Price: $25.95 for 25 cubic inch
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4. Bogati Hand Carved Rosewood Urn
This piece is also a wood-style offering, this time carved from exotic rosewood. The elegant engraving adds a nice touch. The smaller sizes would be better for most pets, with the small option measuring 30 cubic inches for pets up to about 20 pounds. It’s a decorative piece that subtly celebrates your pet’s life.
5. AngelStar 5-Inch Pet Urn for Dog
For the dog lovers, this urn features both a place for a photograph and a saying that encapsulates what it means to own a dog. The urn is made of ceramic and measures five inches high for a total volume of 85 cubic inches. There’s also a cube version of this urn, if you prefer that look.
6. Elegant Classic Pet Memorial Urn in Pewter or Brass
Available in three sizes for animals up to 120 pounds, this understated and elegant urn comes in two different metal finishes, pewter or brass. The lid is threaded and seals securely. This is sure to look refined in any space and offers your furry friend a dignified place to rest.
Price: $34.99 – $49.99
7. Rock Pet Urn by Midlee
Very often, pets are buried in the very yard they used to play. A memorial marker, like a specially-chosen stone, can be used to mark the spot. This urn is made out of resin to lok like a stone marker while holding the ashes inside. It’s made for animals up to 60 pounds, and includes a space to attach an engraved plate that can be purchased separately. Remember your pet as they were: exploring your yard for hours at a time.
8. Odyssey Engraved Series Pet Urn
If you’d like something a little more ornate, this lovely urn comes engraved with a silver design that mimics a piece you might find in an antiques store or art museum. On it’s own, it’s a tasteful piece to have in your home, but it is doubly beautiful as a pet memorial. The sizes range from 25 cubic inches to 70 cubic inches, which will accommodate most pets. This is as much a statement piece as it is a resting place for your loved animal.
Price: $39.99 – $49.99
9. Paw Print Hexagon Wood Pet Urn
Hexagons are sometimes seen as balancing and foundational shapes that stand for integration and union. This is another solid rosewood urn in a lovely and distinctive hexagonal shape, imprinted with a brass paw. It’s sized for an animal up to 50 pounds and uses a base attached with screws.
10. The Living Urn Planting System
If you like the idea of laying your pet to rest outdoors but don’t love the faux rock above, consider this beautiful idea. This kit comes with everything you need to plant a seedling of your choosing with the ashes of your beloved pet. The kit includes an ash neutralizing agent that allows the plant to grow. You’ll need to go to a nursery to buy a seedling to go along with this kit, but the biodegradeable urn makes it easy to plant. There is also the Bios Urn that works along the same lines. Creating life from death is a fantastic way to honor your pet.