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Cat Cremation Cost: All You Need To Know

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Nov 04, 2022

Losing a pet is a difficult time, especially when you have to decide what to do with your beloved pet’s remains. The cost to cremate a cat ranges from $30 – $200, but the exact price depends on the type of cremation you pick and how you want to commemorate your cat.3

Cat Cremation Options

Cat owners have a few options when it comes to the cremation process. Some crematoriums let you provide a favorite blanket, toy, or collar to be cremated with your cat.

You can also decide if you’d like to witness the procedure. Some pet parents find closure in watching the cremation. Some crematoriums offer private viewing rooms at an additional cost, usually $20 – $60.3

Once you’ve decided if you’d like to be present or not, there are three types of cremation ceremonies to choose from.

Private cremation

In a private cremation, your cat will be the sole animal in the chamber. An individual cremation is the only way for a crematorium to ensure the ashes you receive are 100% your cat’s. Private cat cremations range from $100 – $200.3

Partitioned cremation

In a partitioned cremation, there may be other animals in the chamber with your cat, but they’re sectioned off or on separate trays. You can still receive your cat’s ashes, but they may be mixed with others. According to Heart in Diamond  — a company specializing in creating diamonds from cremated pet ashes — the cost of partitioned cremations can range from $30 – $200.4

Communal cremation

In a communal cremation, your cat is cremated at the same time with other animals. Crematoriums don’t return ashes from communal cremations. However, they often press a pawprint for you prior to the cremation. These are the typically cheapest option, usually $30 – $70.3

Additional Cat Cremation Costs

Here are a few other costs to consider when deciding how to cremate your cat:

Transportation fees

You may have to pay a transportation fee for your cat’s body to be moved from the vet or your home to the crematorium. This could range from $30 – $50.4

Memorials

Depending on how you choose to preserve your pet’s ashes, you may have additional memorial costs. Many cat parents choose to scatter the ashes in a beloved location. But for those who choose to keep or bury the ashes in a pet cemetery, you’ll need to pay for a cremation urn or some other space to house them. Pet urns typically cost $50 – $1504 but the prices could be higher if you choose an urn made of certain materials (precious metals, for example) or with intricate designs.

You can also pay to plant a tree with your cat's ashes or have them made into a commemorative keepsake. Many companies offer services that create jewelry, suncatchers, paint for a painting, ink for a tattoo, or pottery out of ashes.

End-of-Life Cat Care

Caring for a cat at the end of their life can be difficult, but cat insurance can help cover end-of-life comfort care.2 This can help you give your pet a painless and peaceful passing.

A MetLife Pet Insurance policy can give you peace of mind in knowing your feline friend will be well cared for.1 Get a quote today.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal, or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

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3 “Understanding Cat Cremation and Whether It's the Right Approach for You,” Daily Paws

4 “How Much Does it Cost to Cremate a Cat?” Heart in Diamond

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