We humans are increasingly concerned with our funeral wishes. Maybe you have already mapped out how your funeral should proceed. But what if your pet dies? You may want to keep and cherish a beautiful keepsake at home. In that case, a pet urn is a great way to commemorate your cat or dog.
We would like to apologise in advance for all the (technical) details, which – especially during a difficult period – can be very challenging. However, we think it is very important that you are given as much information as possible about choosing the correct format for the urn.
A beloved family member
Today, a pet is increasingly considered to be a full member of the family. Owners give their cat, dog or other pet all the love and care they deserve. Unfortunately, the moment will come when you have to say goodbye to your beloved animal, maybe because of old age, an accident or because it was sick. After many years of lovingly caring for your pet, you would like to have a suitable farewell and keep a nice memory of them.
Today, many people choose to have their pets cremated. Most owners, and especially children, like to be able to keep and cherish a tangible memory of their beloved companion animal.
In recent years, more and more animal crematoria have opened their doors, and the costs for the cremation of a pet are usually not too high. Some crematoriums also offer a collecting service. You can easily find a animal crematorium near you on the Internet. Contact them in advance and ask clear information regarding the service options and costs.
Scatter or ash storage?
You can choose to scatter the ashes on a scattering meadow after the cremation, but you can also take the ashes home with you. At home you can scatter the ashes in a place where your pet liked to go or you can bury the ashes in the garden, on which area you can later plant beautiful flowers or a tree.
Most people who have their pet cremated, however, choose to keep the ashes in a small urn (mini urn or pet urn). The urn containing the ashes of your beloved pet can then be placed on a nice spot in the house, on the terrace or in the garden.
Choosing your pet urn
Animal urns are available in different variations and materials. Take your time to make the right choice and take into account a number of aspects, which we will briefly explain below.
An urn with a capacity of up to 1 litre will suffice to hold all the ashes of most pets (up to about 15 kg body weight). We recommend that you ask the animal crematorium for the details of the amount of ash. On that basis, you can then determine which urn you wish to buy.
An urn of 300 ml to 600 ml is, on average, suitable for storing the ashes of a cat, a small to medium-sized dog, a rabbit, a hamster, a ferret, a rat, a mouse, a parrot, a finch, a chicken or a rooster. A 600 ml to 1,000 ml (1 litre) urn is ideal for a medium to large dog, on average.
More information about determining the exact volume of the urn based on the body weight of the deceased animal can be found in this article: Determining the correct urn capacity
If you would like to place the urn outside (in the garden or on the terrace), choose a weather-resistant material, such as ceramic. Artemis only manufactures and sells ceramic urns. Because they are fired at high temperatures, ceramic urns are frost resistant, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
In addition to the material, the shape and colour also play an important role when making your choice. Feel free to browse through our collection and take your time to decide which model suits you or the deceased animal. We offer spherical, cylindrical, conical and jug-shaped urns.
How much does a pet urn cost?
Urns come in many different price ranges. The price depends on, among other things, the shape, the size, the material used, the degree of finish, the shape of the lid, the glaze and the production time.
All Artemis urns are 100% handmade, which, of course, results in a higher cost than, say, urns produced on a conveyor belt.
The cost of a tailor-made, personalised urn is determined in full & detailed consultation with you.
A custom-made urn
Artemis offers this service. Each custom-made urn is discussed extensively and treated personally. Based on your preferences and wishes, we will work together to look for the perfect urn for your deceased cat.
Do you have any special wishes or do you want a different volume of an existing model? Please feel free to contact us so that we can discuss the possibilities. We are happy to help you!