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2018-10-20 11:55:20 PM  
F*ck off, subby.  I'm thinking this link was likely meant in some sort of a lighthearted manner.  Trust me on this.  This isn't something pet owners take lightly.  And the click baiting @The Tylt  can fark off, too.
 
2018-10-21 01:21:38 AM  
I got my parent's dog after my dad died.  When the dog finally died, I had him cremated.  At Christmas, I carried him back when we visited my relatives.  My wife and I then trundled out on Christmas afternoon to the cemetery with a box of ashes and a posthole digger.  Unfortunately, there were other people visiting their relative's graves, and I finally had to man up and dig a hole between two graves in front of God and everybody to bury the farking dog's ashes with my parents.

tl:dr I cremated the farker and buried him in a human cemetery.
 
2018-10-21 02:15:49 AM  
OK.

Back when we were kids,when my brother's pet gerbils and hamsters died, he tucked them into empty peanut butter jars and buried them in the back yard. Ever now and then, when little brother was pissing me off, i'd tell him to knock it off or i'd dig them up and dump the remains in his bed. It worked like a charm.

That said, years later, my wife, later my ex, and I ended up burying numberous pets in the back yard---three small dogs, one rabbit, at least four cats, one of which was my cat after the divorce. Of course, this was all illegal, according to city code, but...
 
2018-10-21 03:00:07 AM  
Dinner.
 
2018-10-21 03:03:11 AM  

puffy999: Dinner.


This. She was delicious.
 
2018-10-21 03:05:24 AM  
With Whiskers, I had her cremated and I still have the cremains. With Emma, she was cremated and buried at the cremation site. (My husband is skeeved out by cremation and having ashes.) Joy is now 16 and getting sickly, and I think we'll do the same thing as with her sister Emma.

Pet deaths are hard. I've gotten over some people deaths better than some of my pets.
 
2018-10-21 03:15:25 AM  

Solid State Vittles: puffy999: Dinner.

This. She was delicious.


Username checks out!

/so does mine...
 
2018-10-21 03:44:18 AM  
I keep their ashes. I'm going to be cremated and made intro a coral reef (eternalreefs.com) and they are all coming with me along with a vial of my dad's ashes (the rest of my dad's ashes are buried with my mom).
 
2018-10-21 03:44:39 AM  
Buried 2 cats in my parents backyard. Put them in the nicest boxes we had, with their favorite toys, wrapped them in their favorite blankets, and cried my eyes out as I filled it back up.
Awful way to spend a morning.
 
2018-10-21 03:52:03 AM  
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2018-10-21 05:50:06 AM  
My girlfriend's weimeraner just died a couple of weeks ago, and we buried him in the back yard.  We live in the country though, and I've got a tractor with a backhoe, so... yeah.  That really, really sucked, but he lived 14 years of almost entirely healthy existence, with a week of bad health tacked on at the end there.
 
2018-10-21 06:33:09 AM  
Two were buried at the family home.  The last guy was mine entirely, and I live somewhere without a real hard to speak of.  I had him cremated and kept the ashes.

It was really hard.  He was old, and kidney failure had done enough damage that it was time.  But he was the kind of cat that loved people.  I couldn't imagine he would want to be buried somewhere, alone, in the dark.  :(

Thing is, I'm not a superstitious person, but when I walked his little box of cremains in the door a few days later, suddenly the house didn't feel quite so empty.  Part of him, at least, was where he had always wanted to be.  It was very healing, I guess you would say.  It helped tremendously  with the grief.  It still does.

The new guy is still young, so hopefully I won't have to make that decision again for a long time to come.
 
2018-10-21 06:53:46 AM  
Sematary
 
2018-10-21 06:57:00 AM  

puffy999: Dinner.


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2018-10-21 07:08:35 AM  
We've had two cats cremated. Buried 2 for people we knew in the yard, and one that was someones cat that had got out and hit by a car near our house (so total 3 in our yard so far). Also have an ex-room mates pet rat buried back there.

My parents would go the 'bury  your own' route as well. 4 cats and a horse in the back yard there.
 
2018-10-21 07:33:28 AM  
I never had to. It seems that there's a farm way out in the country that takes sick animals and takes care of them. The problem is that the animals have to stay there forever and it's way too far away to ever visit.
 
2018-10-21 07:39:39 AM  
I have three cats buried in the backyard. I'd like to think their spirits are still chasing each other.
 
2018-10-21 08:13:29 AM  
Right now I am hugging my cat and he's wondering WTF.

Thanks, Submitter.
 
2018-10-21 08:36:10 AM  
We have buried the remains of a few cats in the yard  - along the fence line.
Now, however, my spouse is making noises about a new fence and I am wondering how to approach that subject with any workmen - and if it is a good idea to learn how to explain it in Spanish - clearly. Sometimes I flub things when stressed.
This is how I once managed to perplex a very nice Haitian lady who wanted, very much, to not sell me a "box of trash" for lunch and I don't want to confess "there are a whole lot of bodies here, pussycat" to a stranger with tools.

When our current cling-ons take the bridge I'll go the cremation route - but not for some time yet, please-and-thank-you.
 
2018-10-21 08:38:30 AM  
 I  usually bury a dead pet (always cats) under a tree or bush so that the live on as part of the plant.
 
2018-10-21 08:53:03 AM  
Cremated and the ashes are all still in the house with us.
 
2018-10-21 09:07:58 AM  
I've had two cats cremated, but the one cat who died at home, I placed her lovingly in a box on her favorite cat bed and had her buried at the local landfill. They pick up weekly.
 
2018-10-21 09:14:20 AM  
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2018-10-21 09:32:02 AM  
Not sure what happened to the dog I lost as a teenager, just know he was put down the first day I went to a new high-school. My father's wife hated that dog since the day we, 16-year-old boy and 12-year-old Labrador, moved in with them, so when she convinced my father to have it put down, I wasn't even allowed to go with them (1st day of school) or have his collar.

The 3 cats that have died since Mrs. Plows and I've been married are all cremated and on the shelf in the living room. All of them have something special to them on their tins. Corrina has an orange kitty statue with a halo and a pink breast cancer awareness wristband. (She died of mammary cancer.)

Rollie has a ceramic bell. (Mrs. Plows' idea. It was her cat and I have no idea why the bell.)

Archie Bunker has the last octopus toy that he played with. (He went through over a dozen of those toys over his life. He kept making them drink from his water dish and they would get gross and have to go to the farm upstate.)

I use the tins as a lesson in behaving for the living cats. j/k
 
2018-10-21 09:36:44 AM  
We've cremated and buried all our cats in the back yard, each has a marker that suited their personality.

My parents had the family dog cremated and spread his ashes around their back yard.
 
2018-10-21 09:59:08 AM  
Got a yard full of cats..  probably about 14 total..  I get rescue kittehs who need a forever home, which they get.  medical issues get some of them, old age the rest.. had a couple that made it to 21.  Tailer was a carrier for FelLuk and it didn't affect him for 11 years. Gone in 30 days when it got him.. All buried along the fence line, with markers for each.. I like to think that they are still running around the house and yard chasing mice, birds and bugs.   I guess that,s the penalty for getting attached to a creature that has a relatively short life, but the enjoyment on both sides makes it worth it.  They are home with me.
 
2018-10-21 10:03:02 AM  

Aulus: OK.

Back when we were kids,when my brother's pet gerbils and hamsters died, he tucked them into empty peanut butter jars and buried them in the back yard. Ever now and then, when little brother was pissing me off, i'd tell him to knock it off or i'd dig them up and dump the remains in his bed. It worked like a charm.

That said, years later, my wife, later my ex, and I ended up burying numberous pets in the back yard---three small dogs, one rabbit, at least four cats, one of which was my cat after the divorce. Of course, this was all illegal, according to city code, but...


I accidentally killed my little brother;s hamster.  We each had a hamster and we horsing around and I stepped on it.   My dad and I buried it ia Planters jar (back when they were still glass).  about five years later we moved to a new house.  I dug it up before we moved.  It was really cool.
 
2018-10-21 10:07:13 AM  
My parents owned a small house in rural TX on about twenty acres - we would bury our pets there.  At was all good until one of the dogs skull showed up near the house.  Don't know, but we all agreed it was her.  Because I went to where we buried her.
 
2018-10-21 10:20:34 AM  
My family generally goes the cremation route, personally I go for the group cremation. But the first time I lost a cat as an adult, the vet mailed me a clay paw print in the mail a week later, which I was not expecting. Broke me all over again. I put it in a shadow box with a couple of pictures and her collar, but it took me awhile to actually get it completed.

I have another shadow box to make, but I haven't gotten it done yet. Last night I picked out which pictures to print.
 
2018-10-21 10:31:39 AM  
Buried on the back field. Now that I'm living in the city, my cat is cremated and my dog will be too when the time comes. They made a really hideous alleged paw print of my cat in some sort of purple and white plastic. He would have hated it, I threw it out.

He was the best cat. He came with my house apparently and I'm not sure how he survived while probate (for the previous owner) and the sale of the house went through. I'd sit in the back yard enjoying the overgrown ivy and then this cat showed up and started meowing. It wasn't long before he would allow me to pet him. Then it wasn't long before he would eat food right at the door entrance. Then of course, I became a cat owner.

Put in a cat door even though he understood, "Cats who meow to go outside at 3 am stay outside no matter how cold it is." I live in a temperate climate, it's not that cold. He was small for a cat and I never saw him hunt although once I saw him playing with a dead baby bird in a very disturbing manner. He didn't really like to be held but was happy to lie on top of me. While going to sleep I had to put a pillow on my hip to keep him off of me because after a half hour or so a 12 pound cat feels like a giant bowling ball.

He got cancer of the bowel and pulled through after an operation. I still tear up when I remember visiting him the next day at the vet. He was curled up in his cage looking sad with an IV. I opened the cage and he just leapt up and stuck his head in my armpit. He was so glad to see me. He then started tucking into his good gooshy food while I stood there and petted him. My good brother was aghast that I spent that much money on him, but he kept it to himself. The cat didn't love the cancer pills, but he suffered the twice daily dosing without biting or scratching and with no ill will toward me.

He was a lazy cat and spent most of days following me around the house, napping on the roof, or napping on a ledge near the front window. Occasionally we would take a walk around the block. I would start walking and he would just follow along. I never named him. There was just something about him that made me think, "He has his own cat identity and I'm not going to try to interfere with it." He came whenever I opened a yogurt cup because cleaning out a yogurt cup was apparently pretty delicious so maybe his name was that skrrrrch sound of tinfoil coming off plastic.

He lived for many years after his bowel cancer. Was never sure how old he really was. I think he had to have been over ten because he just had a bit of the bony look toward the end. He got cancer on his tongue and there was no cure for that. Just pain meds and watching him to see when it was time. Had to start bathing him. He drooled. He would eat most days and then stop for a day, then start eating again. Like the good cat he was he let me know. He went outside and started wandering off down the street. He never did that, so it was time.
 
2018-10-21 10:45:45 AM  
My adopted household over in Australia recently buried Ryoko, the old black and white kitty that was right around nineteen or twenty years old, out under the lemon tree in the backyard. Jazz, the other cat who lived there, couldn't resist the soft fresh dirt, and ended up scratching around and taking a massive dump right there. The two cats had frequently been at odds during meal times, so we guessed Jazz was saying "Steal MY food, will ya? THERE, how do you like THAT?"...
 
2018-10-21 10:59:41 AM  
Left her on the side of the road with a sign that said "FREE CAT."

/ gotta pic here somewhere
// let vet handle cremation
 
2018-10-21 11:06:52 AM  
For years, I buried them. Dug a fairly deep hole. More than 3'. And used lots and lots of quicklime.  I'd heard about people finding that a raccoon or pack of dogs had dug up a pet. So, I put them safely underground.

Recent pets have been cremated.
 
2018-10-21 11:32:22 AM  
My cat was cremated, and now she's in a little wooden box that I keep on my desk. I use her as a paperweight. This was pretty much all she did when she was alive, so life post-cat is pretty much the same for me as it was before, except now I don't have to feed her or clean her litterbox.
 
2018-10-21 11:33:21 AM  
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2018-10-21 11:50:00 AM  

OlderGuy: Got a yard full of cats..  probably about 14 total..  I get rescue kittehs who need a forever home, which they get.  medical issues get some of them, old age the rest.. had a couple that made it to 21.  Tailer was a carrier for FelLuk and it didn't affect him for 11 years. Gone in 30 days when it got him.. All buried along the fence line, with markers for each.. I like to think that they are still running around the house and yard chasing mice, birds and bugs.   I guess that,s the penalty for getting attached to a creature that has a relatively short life, but the enjoyment on both sides makes it worth it.  They are home with me.


You could plant hydra teeth in your yard and raise a skeleton cat army.
 
2018-10-21 12:01:19 PM  
I don't have pets but I do gardening and landscaping...

Bury them deep.
 
2018-10-21 08:53:27 PM  
We lost our dog on December 17. We opted to donate him to science. They mass-cremate the dogs afterwards, so we did not opt to get the ashes back; instead, we asked for one of those pawprint impressions in air-hardening clay.

Months passed with no word. We eventually decided that there must have been some kind of error, and despaired of ever getting his pawprint back. Then in early June, it suddenly showed up on the doorstep without warning. This was not a good day.

Moral of the story: those pawprints can take a lot longer than one would expect. Especially if you've donated the body.

/poor little guy
 
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