Saying goodbye to a pet rabbit can be one of the hardest things to do. I’m dreading the day when it comes for me with my two buns, Motchi and Bayley.
But despite my dread, I know it’s important to consider what will happen to them when the time comes. I live in a rental apartment, so burying them won’t be possible. Instead, rabbit cremation is likely to be the way we will go.
In this article, I will cover seven things you need to know about bunny cremation, including the process, cost, and types of cremation available. I’ll explore whether burial is a better option for your bunny, and provide guidance on choosing a reputable pet crematorium.
Whether you choose to scatter your rabbit’s ashes or keep them in a special urn, we hope this article will help you make an informed decision about this important aspect of pet loss.
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Rabbit Cremation Process: What’s Involved?
The process of rabbit cremation is similar to that of other animals (and humans).
Once you bring your rabbit to the crematorium (or your vet transfers them there), the rabbit’s body is prepared for cremation. With other pets, this usually involves removing tags, collars, etc. But this is naturally not usually necessary with bunnies.
Once prepared, the remains will be placed in a cremation chamber and exposed to high temperatures, typically between 1400 and 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. This process takes around an hour or so and the intense heat reduces the body to bone fragments and ashes.
The resulting ashes are then placed in a container or urn, which can be provided by the pet crematorium or purchased separately. We have recommendations for beautiful bunny urns below.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process, don’t hesitate to ask your chosen pet crematorium for more information in advance. Part of their job is to ensure you are comfortable during what is understandably a very difficult time.
Is Burial a Better Option?
Before settling on cremation, burial is another option to consider.
Some pet owners may prefer burial in the backyard as it can provide a more tangible connection to their beloved pet. However, there are several factors to consider before choosing burial over cremation.
Firstly, the availability of appropriate burial options may vary depending on your location. Some cities and towns may have restrictions on pet burials, or may require permits or specific burial containers. Thankfully this not usually an issue for animals as small as rabbits, but it’s still something to check out and consider.
More generally, it’s also important to consider the long-term practicality of burial versus cremation. If you move or change residences, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to visit your rabbit’s burial site.
Cremation, on the other hand, allows for greater flexibility in how you choose to memorialize your pet, whether that be through scattering the ashes in a meaningful location or keeping them in an urn.
The choice is of course up to you. It’s easy for me to say that I prefer the idea of cremation, because burial is not a practical option for me. But for some people, I am sure it works.
What Type Of Cremation Should You Choose For Your Bunny?
When it comes to rabbit cremation, there are two main options to consider: communal or private.
Communal cremation involves multiple pets (including non-rabbits) being cremated at the same time in the same chamber. This means that the ashes produced are mixed and cannot be returned to you.
While this option may be suitable for those on a tight budget or unable to pick up their pet’s remains, it may not feel as personal or respectful to your beloved bunny.
With private cremation, your rabbit is either cremated individually or with dividers in the chamber to keep the ashes separate.
Your pet’s remains are then returned to you, giving you the opportunity to decide what to do with them.
Some crematoriums offer services where owners can be present during the cremation. It may be worth considering inquiring about this, if it’s something that interests you.
How Much Does It Cost?
On average, communal cremation can range from $30 to $60, while private cremation typically costs between $100 and $175. However, the size of your rabbit and the specific pet crematorium you choose can also impact the cost. I wrote a full article on this here.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the cost of the cremation itself does not typically include an urn or memorial box, which can add another $30 to $200 to the overall cost. Additionally, if you choose to have a memorial service for your rabbit, this can also add cost.
Most pet crematoriums won’t pressure you to have a memorial service for you bun, but some less scrupulous outfits might. Be really careful with this. Many pet owners prefer to have a personal memorial service for their pet at home or in another meaningful location, which can be a much more cost-effective and personal option.
While cost is important, it’s also important to consider the overall value and quality of service provided. While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest option, a reputable pet crematorium that treats your pet with dignity and respect is worth the investment. If cost is a concern, you can also ask the crematorium about financial assistance programs or payment plans that may be available.
How Long Does It Take?
Typically, it takes around 1-2 hours to cremate a rabbit. However, the length of time it takes can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the rabbit, the equipment used, and the temperature and conditions of the crematorium.
It’s important to note that cremation times can also vary depending on the specific crematorium and their processes, so it’s best to check with the crematorium directly for a more accurate estimate.
Choosing a Reputable Pet Crematorium
When it comes to choosing a pet crematorium for your rabbit, it’s important to select a reputable and trustworthy provider.
It is worth looking for a crematorium accredited by the International Association of Pet Cemetery and Crematories, a reputable organisation that awards accreditation to pet crematoriums that adhere to certain industry best practices.
Reading evaluations and testimonies from other pet owners who have utilised the services of the crematorium you’re considering is another approach to judge their trustworthiness.
While time may not permit it, you may also want to personally visit the crematorium before deciding. This might help you get a better idea of how organized and clean the facility is overall, as well as the professionalism of the employees.
Scattering vs. Rabbit Cremation Urns
After your rabbit has been cremated, you may be faced with the decision of what to do with their ashes. The two most popular options are scattering the ashes or keeping them in an urn.
Scattering is a way to release your pet’s ashes into a meaningful location, such as a park, beach, or garden. This option can be a way to honor your pet and say goodbye in a meaningful way.
Keeping your rabbit’s ashes in an urn is another option. Urns come in a variety of styles and materials, including wood, metal, and ceramic. They can be personalized with your pet’s name, photo, or other meaningful details.
Our Favorite Cremation Urn For Rabbit Ashes
When deciding between scattering and an urn, it’s important to consider what feels most meaningful and appropriate for you and your pet. Some people choose to scatter a portion of the ashes and keep the rest in an urn, or divide the ashes among family members or close friends. The choice is entirely yours.
The Final Word
Choosing to cremate a pet rabbit is a personal decision that should be made after considering all options.
Ultimately, the choice of how to memorialize your pet rabbit is up to you, and whether scattering the ashes or keeping them in a special urn, the most important thing is to honor the memory of your beloved pet.
If you have any further questions about rabbit cremation or anything else beyond life, please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch.