Cremating your smaller pets such as hamsters, rabbits or guinea pigs are just as important to us as cremating larger pets such as cats and dogs. We’ve paid tributes to many small pets including rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, mice, ferrets, chinchillas and more.
Any pet, no matter of size or species, holds their own special place in our hearts and all deserve the same caring tribute.
When we lose our beloved pet, it can be heart-breaking. We want to help make your final tribute as easy as possible and have outlined below the many ways to commemorate your pet’s life and friendship.
Our Pet Remembrance Book
Cremation for Small Pets such as Hamsters, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
At PCS we offer two forms of cremation for your small pet, whether it’s a hamster, rabbit, rat, ferret, guinea-pig or another small furry friend.
Individual cremations ensure that your pet is cremated singularly within a clean and private chamber. With the individual cremation, you are guaranteed that the ashes you receive, or those placed into our memorial garden, will be only the ashes of your beloved pet.
A communal cremation is the second option available to you. This means that your pet will be cremated with a group of others and the ashes are either stored in a memorial centre or scattered within the grounds of the crematorium or cemetery. Perhaps for many, the communal cremation option provides a sense of togetherness, to be alongside other beloved pets on their final journey.
Both cremations are carried out with the utmost respect and care, and there is no right or wrong choice.
Small Pet Memorials
Occasionally, pet owners opt for memorial over cremation. This is a decision that is unique to the individual pet owner.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is often difficult to process information at a time of grief. Here at PCS, we provide expert advice about the cremation options available in your time of need. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any of our pet cremation and memorial services.
Here are some frequently asked questions about small pet cremation and memorial:
Q: What animals are classed as a small pet?
A: Rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, mice, ferrets, chinchillas and other small pets that aren’t horses, ponies, cats or dogs.
Q: How does small pet cremation or memorial work?
A: Our small pet cremation and memorial services follow the same process as that of a cat or dog. Please see our services section for more information on each of the services we offer.
Q: Will my small pet be treated in the same way as a dog or cat?
A: Yes. The size or type of pet is not what is important - the bond you had is what matters. We know the love that owners have for their pet is not governed by species.
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Pet Bereavement Support and Charities
We understand the emotional journey that pet owners will go through on the loss of their pet. There are a number of helpful websites that are available for advice and support and a number of pet charities should you can contact.
Help & Support:
A message from PCS
Always remember that there is no right or wrong way to feel when you lose your beloved pet. Just as your pet was unique, your feelings around pet loss are unique to you and everyone grieves in their own way.