I want to walk you through the process of burying a pet. I’m going to cover what should be in your kit, how to dig the hole, and then how to lay the pet down in its final resting place.
Table of Contents
Wrap your pet in a towel or a cotton sheet, then tie him down. To avoid caking throughout the process, make use of a series such as Sheet or Towel. When handling your pet, be cautious and wear gloves and a mask.
What you will need:
*If you have the materials, you can use a garden or animal spray to help mask the smell of decomposition.
How to burry a pet
The first step is assembling your kit. You’ll need a shovel for digging, something that can serve as an identifying marker (a toy or collar), and some means of marking where the grave is located once it’s filled back up again with dirt. If you’re not sure about this last point, here are three suggestions: making use of nearby landmarks such as trees or rocks; using string or twine marked at intervals with small objects like pebbles; or just drawing arrows on top of each other so you can follow them up to the grave from a nearby landmark.
Now start digging. Try to make the pit roughly square or rectangle-shaped if you can, as it’ll be easier to cover up later. If you’re not good at digging deep holes, place some large chunks of wood in the bottom of your hole before you start digging. The wood will prevent the dirt from caving in on your pet’s final resting place, but be sure to remove the wood before covering up your pet.
Bury your pet. When you’ve unearthed the body of your beloved animal companion, it is time for them to go into their final resting place; the grave.
Once your pet is in the hole, find or create some sort of marker above their resting place. You might want to move this marker once you’ve covered up the grave again, so consider whether it’ll be safe to use something like a toy or collar that can get lost over time. A good idea is to take a nearby tree, or nearby rock formation and place the marker on it so you can easily find the grave again later.
Now cover up your pet, being careful not to kick any dirt into their resting place. After covering them up with dirt, pat down the surrounding area with your shovel until no signs of the grave remain visible.
Once your pet is covered up, you can write their name somewhere on your marker. This will help you find the grave of your beloved pet if you ever need to visit it again. You might also want to mark down some information about them, such as age or health problems they had while alive, in a small notebook. This way, if you ever visit the grave in a few years from now and it seems like you forgot something when burying, you’ll have some quick reminders about who this pet was when they were alive.
Finally, take time to think about your pet. Reflect on any memories of them that stand out in your mind. Pay attention to what they meant to you, and consider how this experience has changed your life for the better or worse.
You can read through this article repeatedly if you want a refresher of all the steps involved with burying a pet. It might seem unbearable at first but try to take some time out from your busy day and remember your pet.
How to bury a pet when the ground is frozen
If it’s during the winter and the ground is frozen, you can either wait until spring to bury your pet or perform a burial at a different time of the year. You can put your pet in cold storage by wrapping it in plastic and placing it on a tub covered in ice to effectively preserve it until when you are able to dig the ground and burry it.
how long can you keep a dead pet in the freezer?
A normal freezer can keep its contents frozen for as long as needed. However, if you want to preserve your pet’s body for months, consider paying for a private refrigeration unit or ask some restaurant equipment companies if they have one spare that might fit your needs.
How long does it take for a dead pet to decompose?
A small animal like a rat will start to decompose after around 3 days of being dead, while larger animals can take up to 4 weeks. If you have several pets that have recently died then you might want to consider getting them all buried together just in case they rot away at different times and you want to be able to visit your pets in one go.
Pet Cemetery Laws and Regulations: Contact local authorities and pet cemeteries before burying a pet on private land, and ask about any restrictions you need to follow for this kind of burial. This will help ensure that you’re not breaking the law while trying to mourn your beloved animal.
how long can you keep a dead cat
Most states require you to burry a dead cat within 24 to 48 hours of it dying. This is because there are laws about not letting animal corpses remain unburied for too long, as they could cause health issues amongst animals or people.
my cat died what do i do with the body?
If you don’t have time to get your pet buried or cremated right away, then you can put it in the freezer for a few days (if there is room). Also, call around to local vets and ask if they know of any quick and affordable ways of getting rid of dead pets. You can follow the steps above to burry your cat.
Q: What can I do if my pet has been dead for an extended period of time and already managed to decompose?
A: If you want to remember your pet as they were when they were alive, rather than the decaying corpse that you find, then it is possible to preserve their body with chemicals or taxidermy. However, this might not be possible for all pets. If you are considering these options then you should talk to a professional who knows how to do it.
Q: Do I really have to remove my pet’s collar before burying them?
A: Yes! It is much safer to remove the collar and dispose of it somewhere where your pet can’t reach it. If you do bury them with their collar still on, there is a chance that the metal parts could rust and damage nearby pets or even people.
Q: Is it legal to bury my pet in someone else’s property?
A: Unless you have permission from the owner of the land, then no. If you are found to be on someone else’s property without permission, you could be reported to the police and fined for trespassing.
Q: What if I can’t afford to buy a casket?
A: As long as the burial is deep enough so that other animals won’t be able to dig up your pet, then this isn’t an issue. However, if you do want to buy a casket for your pet, most places will allow you to rent one.
Q: If I bury my pet in my own property but they are still in the pet cemetery laws and regulations, am I breaking the law?
A: Not necessarily. However it is important to make sure that having your pet buried on your land doesn’t violate any covenants with the homeowner’s association.
Q: How do I know if there is a pet cemetery near me?
A: You can contact local authorities, and they will be able to give you details of any nearby cemeteries or crematoriums that deal in pet burials. If there isn’t one near you, then you could also check if there’s a pet crematorium and see what they offer.
Q: Is it legal to use my burial plot for another pet?
A: This very much depends on the rules of your local cemetery or crematorium. You should ask them directly how long after someone dies can they use their plot – the basic answer is between 3 months and 1 year.
Q: Can I have my pet’s ashes made into a diamond?
A: Some places do offer this service, but it can be very expensive. You might not even end up with all of your pet’s ashes in the end, due to the complicated process that has to be put into place, as well as the scarcity of ashes that are actually diamonds. In most cases, you’re better off buying a memorial piece or putting your pet’s ashes in something that can be kept with you.
Q: What if I need help digging the grave?
A: Offer to pay a friend or family member for their help. If that isn’t an option, you could ask to borrow a shovel and other necessary equipment from them. This might be difficult though so it is important to try and offer some sort of compensation for their time and effort.
Q: I’m digging the grave by hand – how deep should it be?
A: It needs to be deep enough to prevent any animals from digging up your pet. If you’re very concerned about the risk, then it would be a good idea to wait until nightfall and cover them up with some branches or rocks so that no one will disturb them.
Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc, or its affiliates.
Hi there! My name is Ben Domb, an owner of two pets and I am one of the co-founders of OurPets HQ. I have several years of experience as a pet care professional in the New England region having spent time in various roles including a stint at a veterinary hospital in Upstate New York, Syracuse area. I am a certified pet care professional and mostly spend my time researching pet nutrition and sharing my thoughts in various blogs and columns. With quarantine and COVID restrictions, I have been spending a lot of time a lot with my dogs and cat and loving it! I also run a small consulting business providing advice to parents on pet nutrition, and especially safe homemade options to try. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org