where do you take a dead cat

If you believe that once a pet has passed away the body is just a shell, you can call your local animal control. They usually have low cost (or no cost) services to dispose of deceased pets. You can also call your veterinarian. You will need to bring your pet to the clinic but then they can arrange for disposal.

Whole Body Burial

You might be able to bury your cat in a pet cemetery or at home when it comes to pet interment.

  • At Home: Bereaved pet owners frequently employ this technique. Having a private service and keeping the deceased cat’s remains close by could help provide closure. There are a few disadvantages to this method. If you move houses, you will leave the remains behind. Burial at home may not be appropriate for pet owners who reside in an apartment building or home with a shared backyard. Finally, this is prohibited by many state and local laws. If cat owners bury their dead pets in their homes, they could face penalties or legal issues.
  • In a Pet Cemetery: Pet cemeteries are designed to serve as the last resting places for animals alone. Your veterinarian should be able to direct you or assist with making arrangements for burial services if you are having trouble finding one in your area. Verify that the pet cemetery has set aside money for ongoing grounds maintenance and that there are deed restrictions in place to ensure that the space will only be used for pet interment.

What Do I Do if I Find a Dead Stray?

It’s natural that you won’t feel an emotional connection to a dead stray cat you find on the road or somewhere else, but the cat still needs to be treated with kindness and disposed of properly and safely. Here’s what to do:

Put on some gloves if you can; they can be made of cloth, latex, or any other material that would be useful for first aid. If none are available, handle the cat with a different kind of material. It’s important to protect yourself from certain cat diseases as they can be zoonotic, meaning they can spread from animals to people. Remember to properly wash your hands with soap and hot water afterward.

3. Check for Identification

Check the cat for any identification marks, like tags on a collar. If the pet has tags, you may be able to get in touch with the owner and let them know what’s going on. Alternatively, if you take the pet to a vet or rescue, they will have a microchip reader or scanner and can check the animal for a microchip and notify the owner.


How do you dispose of a dead cat’s body?

Contact your veterinarian, who will advise you to bring them to the office so that they can arrange cremation or burial for you. Alternatively, they can offer guidance on a home burial if you prefer.

What should I do if I find a dead cat?

Wrap the cat in an old blanket or place them in a cardboard box to transport them to the vet. The vet will be able to contact the owners to let them know their cat has been found if they are microchipped and they are usually prepared to look after the body even if there is no chip.

Is it bad to throw away a dead cat?

Garbage OK. If you have a dead pet or wild animal that weighs 15 pounds or less, you can bag it and put it in your garbage.