How to Choose the Right Urn Size for Your Pet

Making the decision to euthanize your pet is never an easy one. In those hours and days after saying goodbye, there are several decisions you’ll need to make while you navigate the grieving process. One of those decisions is how you want to memorialize your pet. If you choose to have your fur baby cremated and put in an urn, it can help you feel like your pet is always close to you, even after they’re gone. 

While there’s nothing that will ever replace the feeling of having your pet by your side, getting a special urn for your pet’s remains can help you through the painful process of saying goodbye. Below, learn how to choose the right urn size for your pet so they’ll always have a special place in your home. 

Important Things to Consider

Before you start looking for the right memorial urn, there are a few points to consider to help you make the right choice: 

  • Do you want to keep all of your pet’s ashes in the urn or only some of them?
  • Do you want to share your pet’s ashes with other family members?
  • Will you display the urn in your home?
  • Would you prefer to keep some of your pet’s ashes with you at all times?

Different Urn Options

After thinking about what you plan to do with your pet’s ashes, you can start thinking about the type of urn that will work best for your needs. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular pet urn options: 

Pet cremation urns: These urns are designed to hold all of your pet’s remains and they come in a variety of materials like wood and metal. Many of them can also be customized with an engraving, a photo of your pet, etc. 

Pet cremation jewelry: If you’d prefer to keep your pet close to you at all times, consider pet cremation jewelry, which can hold a portion of your pet’s ashes in a beautiful piece of jewelry. You can choose from rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and more in a variety of metal finishes. 

Pet keepsake urns: Keepsake urns are smaller versions of traditional pet cremation urns and can hold a portion of your pet’s remains. These are a great option if you want to share your pet’s ashes with other family members or if you don’t want to display a larger urn in your home. 

How to Calculate the Right Urn Size for Your Pet

Knowing more about the different urns available, you can start to think about which size is the most appropriate choice for honoring your pet. To help you calculate the right urn size for your pet, you’ll need to know how much your pet weighed. If you don’t know off the top of your head, your vet likely has this on file. 

Using that number, there is a simple calculation you can use. As a general rule of thumb, 1 pound of weight is equal to 1 cubic inch of space you’ll need for their remains. So, if you have a 10-pound cat, you’ll need an urn with a capacity of at least 10 cubic inches if you want to keep all of their remains in the same urn. 

We’re Here for You

Our team here at Pet Passages is also here to help. We’d be happy to talk to you and help you choose the right urn size for your pet or offer suggestions that might work best for your memorialization plans. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Pet Passages location as you search for the perfect urn for your beloved pet.