How to Bury a Cat: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Bury a Cat: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Bury a Cat: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

Losing a pet is never easy, and saying goodbye is even more painful. Burying him and having a funeral can help in these cases. If you want to do the burial, first find out if such action is legal in your country and region (in Brazil, for example, it is not); then choose a location, coffin and grave. You will need to place him in the coffin, dig a hole, and decorate the grave. By having a place to visit, the loss will hurt less.


Part 1 of 3: Making Decisions About Burial

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Step 1. See if burying the feline is safe and allowed by law

Yes, it is important that he has a resting place, but there are places where burying an animal is prohibited. Before taking any other action, research the laws in your country and region. One option is to call a known attorney or city court to determine the validity of the claim. In Brazil, for example, burying any animal on its own (whether in the backyard, in a vacant lot or in a public square) is a crime, generating up to four years in prison.

  • Do not bury it near a body of water or it could contaminate it.
  • There is also the possibility of having underground pipes. Therefore, choose a part of the yard that is farthest from the house. If you end up finding a tube while digging, cover what you've made and start again in another location.
  • If you are renting the house, ask the owner if you can do such an excavation. Not everyone will allow animals to be buried in the ground.
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Step 2. Choose the burial site

If the action is permitted by law and you are authorized to do so, choose a part of your yard.

  • Keep in mind special and symbolic places too, like near the flowers where he used to play, or in the middle of a wood where he ventured.
  • It's important to think logistically too: don't bury a feline in a location that is very busy and where the grave will not be respected; choose a more secluded place, such as a corner of the backyard where children don't play.
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Step 3. Choose a coffin or container

The cat cannot be buried "loose", that is, without being inside a container, especially due to the possible regulations in the region regarding the burial of animals (it may be necessary to use a special type of container so as not to contaminate the soil).

  • It is possible to buy coffins for animals online. If you feel this formality is important, then this is the right option for you.
  • However, be aware that such coffins, ready-made or custom ordered from a carpenter, will be expensive. If the regulations say nothing, why not bury his mustache in a cardboard box (the one in which he always hid) or perhaps in the bed in which he always slept?
  • If a container is not needed, you can just wrap it up with a towel.
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Step 4. Decide what the grave will be like

There are many things that can be used to mark the furry's grave. The headstone can be purchased online and customized. So you can include the pet's name and other details such as birth and death date. However, if this purchase is beyond your budget, there are other options.

  • Collect rocks from the backyard, stack them near the grave, choose a bigger one, and paint the pet's name in paint (if that's important to you).
  • If he loved a particular type of plant, place a leaf (or, better yet, a seedling) over the grave.

Part 2 of 3: Starting the Burial Process

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Step 1. Plan to bury him as soon as possible

It's best to do this before the body starts to break down; ideally, on the day of death or the next. In warmer climates, this rush is even more important.

  • Depending on where you live, it may not be possible to have such a quick burial during the winter because of possible snow. In that case, ask the veterinarian if he can preserve the pet's body for a while (but don't be confident about the answer; it's a strange request and perhaps difficult to fulfill after all).
  • To preserve it on its own, wrap it in a towel and place it in an ice cooler. This method only works if you plan to bury it in a few days; don't leave the cat there for weeks on end!
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Step 2. Gather the necessary materials

Yes, some materials will be needed for the burial, many of which can be purchased at a hardware or convenience store, including:

  • Gloves;
  • A spade or hoe;
  • A rope to tie the box or container.
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Step 3. Place the cat in the chosen container

To handle the corpse, wear gloves. If you like, bury him along with some of his favorite items, such as wrapped in his favorite blanket or with his favorite toy in the coffin, as well as other items.

Remember to tie the box tightly after putting the pussy inside

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Step 4. Dig a hole at least one meter deep

Believe me, anything smaller than this can make the dead furry a target for predators. Remember that the hole needs to be wide enough for the coffin.

Again, if you notice any wires or pipes, stop digging immediately, cover the hole again, and go digging elsewhere

Part 3 of 3: Finishing the burial

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Step 1. Have a small funeral if you wish

Many feel that this last joint memory helps to overcome the pain of burying the cat. Before putting it underground, say a few words, sing a song or recite a poem to describe the moment or the love you felt for the animal.

  • Invite friends and relatives to say goodbye if you think it makes sense.
  • Children will benefit most from the funeral, emotionally speaking. They can also collect items that remind them of the pussy and put them to be buried too.
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Step 2. Place the container on the ground and cover the pit

After saying a few words, it's time to put the four-legged friend in the hole and use the dug earth to fill it in again. Finally, tap it with the shovel or step on the spot to firm the ground; otherwise, predators can burrow into the soft ground when they smell the cat.

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Step 3. Place the headstone

Don't forget this part, even if it's just a symbolic gesture: in fact, it will serve to prevent others from disturbing the furry's resting place. If you have bought it, put it on the grave; if using stones and other materials, pile them up.

If you plan to plant something, add something heavy to hold the base of the plant and keep predators away

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Step 4. Decorate the grave if you like

With the headstone in place, it's time to decorate the place, if you so desire. Use temporary decorations such as flowers and other types of vegetation.

If you have kids, they'll want to decorate. Encourage them to write short messages to the animal or draw pictures of it to leave in the grave


  • If burial is not possible, arrange for a cremation and scatter the feline's ashes somewhere.
  • See if the law allows them to be spread; if not, you can keep them in a safe place in a box.

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