Pets are beloved members of the family and when they pass many people choose to honor their memory in a special way. There are many unique cat and dog cremation urns available today that can make for a special and meaningful memorial and also incorporate your pet’s ashes. Below we’ve highlighted some of the most popular eco-friendly ones.
The Living Urn® for Dogs and Cats
The Living Urn for Pets gives dog and cat parents the ability to easily grow a beautiful tree or plant memorial of their beloved pet. This patented planting system includes everything that’s needed to plant and grow a living pet tree memorial. It comes with a proprietary BioUrn® made from recycled plant materials, RootProtect®, a special all-natural soil additive, a bag of premium mulch, and easy-to-follow planting instructions. The entire system comes packaged in an eco-friendly bamboo cylinder case – great for ceremonies or as a keepsake to store your pet’s belongings.
Over 50 different tree and shrubs are offered by The Living Urn and are shipped directly to your doorstep from our award-winning nursery. These trees and shrubs are divided up by zip code to the ones that grow the best in each area of the U.S. and come 2 to 4 feet in height with a healthy and robust root system.
Indoor Plant Urns for Dogs and Cats
If you don’t have a place in mind to grow a tree memorial outside another option is to grow a living memorial inside or on a patio. The Living Urn offers two beautiful options - The PlantUrn for Pets and The Living Urn Indoors/Patio for Pets.
The PlantUrn was designed by a California-based artist C.C. Boyce who is committed to creating beautiful and dignified memorials. This unique handcrafted urn is made from premium rescued California Sycamore and FSC Certified Black Walnut wood with attractive smooth surfaces that highlight the grains and natural appearance of the urn. This special urn comes standard with a small white ceramic pot on top where a succulent or other small plant can be planted. In addition, rare earth magnets are embedded into both the top and bottom of the urn, securing it together tightly and providing a beautiful and finished look.
The Living Urn Indoors/Patio
The Living Urn Indoors/Patio for Pets is an urn constructed from high quality porcelain. This beautiful urn comes in three distinct colors – blue, beige, and white. From the center of the urn you can grow a beautiful bonsai tree or houseplant. The Living Urn provides a great selection of bonsai trees and houseplants to order with the urn (subject to seasonality) . In addition, you can elect to have a vase provided with the urn that can be placed in the center – with this, you can have a beautiful arrays of cut flowers!
Scattering Urns for Dogs and Cats
Scattering is one of the most common things families do with their beloved dog or cat’s ashes. This can be done in many places, including at home, at a nearby park, in the ocean, or on a favorite hiking trail, among many other options. If you’re unsure if it’s permitted to scatter your pet’s ashes at a certain location, it’s always recommended to check first with local city or county offices and get permission when necessary.
To scatter your pet’s ashes, some families will simply use a temporary container provided by the veterinarian or crematory, or even a butter dish, coffee can, or other container found around the home. However, one potential problem when using a container that isn’t designed to scatter ashes is that there could be an increased risk of blow-back (when the ashes are blown back on the person scattering).
An alternative and affordable option to scatter a dog or cat’s ashes is the Eco Scattering Urn for Pets. This special urn starts at $49 and is made entirely from bamboo, an eco-friendly and sustainable resource. The Eco Scattering Urn has a long cylindrical shape (which helps prevent blow-back). Furthermore, the unique open and close locking mechanism on top of the urn helps families scatter with control and ease. The locking mechanism also gives you the ability to scatter at one location, then re-secure some of the ashes in the urn to take to another place to scatter or take home.
If you’re interested in a water burial for your pet, a new eco-friendly option that’s growing in popularity is the patent pending Eco Water Urn for Pets. This proprietary urn floats like a buoy in a body of water for a short period of time before the bottom of the urn breaks open, gracefully releasing the ashes into the water. This biodegradable water urn comes packaged in a beautiful bamboo cylinder case, helping families safely transport the urn to that special place in the water and also an attractive piece used in ceremonies.
More Options for Dog and Cat Memorials
In addition to the eco-friendly urns for dogs and cats highlighted above, there are also many other beautiful ways to memorialize your pet. You can place some of their ashes in a piece of jewelry that can be worn by family, have their ashes infused into a glass decorative piece that can be displayed in the home, include in fireworks for a beautiful show of color, and even include some or all of their ashes in a space launch!
Which Urn is Right for Your Dog or Cat?
There are many urns on the market today and there is no “right” urn choice for your dog or cat. The type of urn you choose depends on a lot of different factors, including your budget and personal taste. There are a number of dog and cat cremation urns that cost below $100, making them quite affordable for many families. There are also a number of dog and cat urns that cost upwards of $500. In addition, many families cannot just decide on one memorial and choose to divide up their dog or cat’s ashes into multiple memorials – this is perfectly fine and actually quite common!