The exact cost of cat cremation depends on the type of cremation and memorial service you choose. Moreover, factors like the area, time, etc. also affect the price. Nevertheless, on an average, cat cremation can cost about $60 to $150.
Furthermore, communal pet cremations are more cost-effective than private or individual cremations. Communal cremation involves the incineration of many pets in the same cremation chamber.
It may cost about $30 to $70. Private cremation, on the other hand, involves the cremation on a single pet at a time. It usually costs almost $100-$200.
Another difference between the two is that you can get the ashes back after a private cremation whereas in case of a communal cremation, the facility itself disposes of the cremated remains on cemetery grounds.
In individual cremation, the pet is cremated in a separate partition or tray in a cremation unit where other animals are also incinerated.
The ashes returned after this type of cremation are likely to be mixed with the cremains of other animals as they are pulverized in the same machine.
Like private cremation, it costs more than communal or mass cremation. Cost of pet cremation, however, is usually less than that of burial at a pet cemetery or grave site.
Some cremation services charge extra approximately $30-$45 to pick up the deceased animal in a plastic bag after the business hours or on weekends.
Besides, you may be required to pay an additional amount ($20 to $30) if you want to witness the cremation process. Plus, there are slight variations in the cost depending upon the cat’s weight.
Some veterinary hospitals have their own crematories for individual or communal pet cremations. Thus, in case your kitty dies at the hospital itself, or if you get your cat euthanized, you may opt for the cremation at the clinic’s crematory. Certain crematories also offer pet euthanasia at an additional cost.
Moreover, the cost of cremation is going to include the cost of a pet urn as well (costing $50-$150 or more) if you choose to store the ashes of your feline companion in an urn and display it at your home or dispose it of.
When considering about the final disposition of the remains, you may choose to scatter the ashes on public or private property, bury it, or disperse the remains in water.
You may retain a small portion of the remains for the purpose of memorialization by way of pet cremation jewelry.
How to find a cremation service for your cat?
You can either find a local pet crematorium yourself or ask your veterinarian to help you with this task. Most vets have professional relationships with pet crematories. Thus, they can give you valuable suggestions in this regard.
Alternatively, you may seek the advice of a local animal shelter. Large funeral homes also offer pet cremation services.
However, if this task is way too difficult and overwhelming for you then you may ask your vet to arrange the cremation for your beloved furry friend.
Nonetheless, make sure you check the details of the process and its cost with the crematory to make sure that you are not being cheated and your kitty is being handled properly as there are certain facilities that claim to cremate your pet but in actually, they just dump the animal in a landfill.