Nobody wants to think about the death of a loved cat. It is a heart-wrenching experience and the last thing on most people’s minds would be the price of a cat cremation. Knowing what to expect can help you decide on what you want to happen when the time comes. The cat cremation cost depends on the type of cremation and whether you wish to keep your cat’s ashes, whether you can take your cat to the pet crematorium and how you want your cat’s ashes returned.
The cost of cremating a cat are outlined below are for an individual / private cat cremation assuming you can bring your cat to one of our sites. The prices include:
- Costs for a cat cremation and our most popular ash containers
- The cost for returning your cat’s ashes via a courier
The price to cremate a cat
We offer a range of ash containers suitable for your cat’s ashes:
- £156.00 – Presentation box
- £167.77 – Emerald/woodland scatter tube
- £172.50 – Scatter pouch
- £192.96 – caskets*
- £192.96 – Keepsake box*
- £208.39 – Urns*
- £210.73 – Sleeping cat
* prices start from
Delivery is an additional £13.74.
Asking your vet to arrange the cat cremation
You can also ask your vet to arrange the collection of your pet and the return of the ashes. Opting for this service is often the easiest and most convenient. To determine the price you would need to speak directly with your vet as vets will have their own pricing strategy.
You can also ask your vet to arrange the collection of your cat and the return of your cat’s ashes in one of our urns or caskets. Opting for this service is often easier and less stressful than having to make the arrangements. You would have to ask your vet for a quote to determine the price of a cat cremation through your veterinary practice.
What cat cremation options are available?
To determine the most appropriate method of cat cremation we need to know whether you wish to have your cat’s ashes return to you. If you choose to have the ashes returned you will need to select an individual cremation.
Individual / private cremations
In a private or individual cat cremation, your cat is cremated on his / her own. This ensures that the ashes you receive are only your cat’s.
In a communal cremation, your cat would be cremated with other people’s pets. It isn’t possible to return any ash from a communal cremation.
Cat Cremation Process
The process for an individual cat cremation is the same as it is for any of the pets that come to us for an individual pet cremation. Upon arrival at one of our crematoria, we check whether the owner wishes to attend their cat’s cremation. If not, the cat is prepared for cremation which takes place shortly after arriving at our site. The ashes are then carefully collected and sent to be enclosed in the casket or urn of the owner’s choice.
Once the ashes are safely packed the ashes are either returned directly to the owner or the veterinary practice. You can choose to collect the ashes yourself – please contact us to make arrangements.
Attending your cat’s cremation
Many owners find it comforting to attend their cat’s cremation. This provides you with the opportunity to say your final farewells and be with your cat one last time before his / her cremation. Currently, we can accommodate owners wishing to attend their pet’s cremation at our Cambridge, Tewkesbury and Livingston crematoria.
There is a charge of £66 to attend your cat’s cremation which is in addition to the cost of the cremation.
Witnessing your cat’s cremation
If you attend your cat’s cremation at our crematoria in Cambridge or Tewkesbury you can watch your cat being placed into the cremation chamber via CCTV.
Gardens of remembrance
If you’re unable to lay your beloved pet to rest at your home in the garden or don’t own your property we offer plots in the Garden of remembrance at Cambridge. Our beautifully landscaped garden of remembrance is the perfect place to lay your pet to rest. You can return to reminisce in the years after.
A plot can be for ten years and can be used to hold more than one pet. Some of our customers have found it comforting knowing that their pets are all together in death as they were in life. The price for a plot that will hold the ashes of up to 6 pets is just £420.00 for 5 years.
There are other considerations in addition to “how much does it cost to cremate a cat?”
Should I cremate or bury my cat?
Pet cremation services have become more popular for several reasons. As more people rent property the less likely it is that pet burial is an option. You need to have the landowner’s permission to bury a pet and tenants are often reluctant to leave their pet behind when they move.
What pet memorial options are available?
In our shop, you will find a range of caskets and cremation urns ideal to keep your pet’s ashes safe. We also offer a range of jewellery and keepsake boxes. You can use our free online pet tribute tool to create a tribute to your pet in celebration of their life.
Launched by Cats Protection, paws to listen, is a confidential phone line enabling owners to speak to trained volunteers who can offer emotional and practical help in coping with pet loss. The lines are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.
Tel: 0800 024 94 94
The Ralph Site – pet loss support
The Ralph Site is a not-for-profit online pet bereavement resource. It provides support and useful resources to pet carers around the difficult time of the loss of a beloved companion. It consists of a website, a Facebook page and a busy private Facebook group.
The Blue Cross
The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service (PBSS) mission is to provide free and confidential emotional support.
Tel: 0800 096 6606
* This article was edited on:
- 2.7.19 to include more pet loss support links
- 30/12/19 with up to date pricing for 2020
- 8/03/21 to remove obsolete services
- 16/6/21 refreshed content
- 18/2/22 refreshed content