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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I have heard some people have their animals stuffed after they  passed away. I think it is really freaky and I wouldn't do it. I would probably have my cats  cremated and put it a urn for save keeping. Do you do this ?

Let me know how you feel about this question.

post #2 of 15
I agree --- kind of a weird thing to do. I had a neighbor years ago who had a granddaughter whose cat was stuffed after he died.

Our Rainbow kitties were creamted. Ali's ashes are in the back hard and BJ is here on the computer desk with me ---I just couldn't part with him.

I guess "to each his own".
post #3 of 15
Freaky. Honestly, I think it would make it harder to grieve and let you pet go if you were looking at it in stuffed form all the time. My dog died about three months ago and I can't look at photos of him yet- it hurts too much and makes me cry. All my babies have been cremated and sit in a special spot together.
post #4 of 15

If I only had a car or two at a time I think I would bring them home and bury them.  I do the cheap group cremation.  I have no idea what I would do with the ashes anyways.  Stuffing them is out of question.  Even if it was free something about it makes me uneasy. 

 

If I went to someones house who had it done it would not bother me just my pets would.
 

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

How do you feel about stuffed deers, big cats, etc.... ?

post #6 of 15

Not in my home as I have no use for it/not my style/don't want to deal with cats/dogs and it but in someone elses home whatever.  I do NOT like it in restraunts that have many kids as I think it may upset them like it did to me when I was little.  I hate to see little kids in bad situations when it is obvious they are hurting/upset.  I think because I was child of divorce.

 

 

Once something is dead the shell is not needed.  You can bury it, cremate it,stuff it.  Makes no difference.

post #7 of 15
No, I would not do it. As bad as I miss them, I don't want to see them like that every day. I have no problem with taxidermy for those who hunt. My husband had a couple of deer heads mounted when we got married. He hung one in his shop and one in our den. I couldn't deal with the one in the den and he moved it to his shop too. To tell the truth, I don't want something like that with eyes looking at me. Once a person in our church gave us this really big picture of some kind of wildcat. It was in my living room. It bothered me all the time and when somebody else in the church said I like that picture, I took it off the wall and gave it to them. He got sent overseas and we later saw a home video they made. The picture went overseas with them. Good place for it.laughing02.gif
post #8 of 15

I think they're the creepiest things on the face of the earth. Period.

 

We do have the ashes from all of our furkids. We have it written that I want to be cremated and my ashes scattered....I do not want to be buried (I think it's a waste of space, to be honest). The cats' ashes can be mixed with mine and we can all be scattered at the same time.

post #9 of 15
I don't even get the ashes back. . .it's meaningless to me. Once the life force is out of a body, any sanitary manner of disposing of it is fine by me.

And, ugh, no, taxidermy is creepy. I'm OK with say, going to Cabela's and seeing the mounted animals (they really aren't "stuffed"; their skins are placed on a styrofoam form), but a deer head in someone's living room? Eww.
post #10 of 15

How about the people who dress the head up for the season/holidays!  I saw a  few pics from a party where the deer had garland for christmas and a party cap for new years.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by catsallaround View Post

How about the people who dress the head up for the season/holidays!  I saw a  few pics from a party where the deer had garland for christmas and a party cap for new years.

 

 

This reminds me of the Stephen King book where there was a deer head  (I think it was a deer) in the living room and it had bells on it. When something would happen, the bells would jingle first. I think it was in "The Dark Half".

 

(I do dress Rupert for the holidays. He wears a red Santa cap with matching scarf. anon.gif (Rupert is the gargoyle in the front yard.)

post #12 of 15
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When you pass away would you want your pets ashes to be buried with you ?

post #13 of 15
I plan on being cremated also, but I haven't thought of what I would want done with the ashes. Whatever is done, it will definitely be my ashes mixed with those of my pets. My husband has a neat idea that he's currently planning. He read somewhere about how tattoo artists can blend ashes in with black ink and tattoo you with it. We have ink paw prints of our dogs (and will for our cats, too) and he's going to get memorial tattoos of the prints with the ashes. He's already got a ton of beautiful tattoos that he's had for decades and works with a great artist. They are working on a design that will look nice and allow for additions as more of our babies eventually pass on.
post #14 of 15
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I plan on being cremated also, but I haven't thought of what I would want done with the ashes. Whatever is done, it will definitely be my ashes mixed with those of my pets. My husband has a neat idea that he's currently planning. He read somewhere about how tattoo artists can blend ashes in with black ink and tattoo you with it. We have ink paw prints of our dogs (and will for our cats, too) and he's going to get memorial tattoos of the prints with the ashes. He's already got a ton of beautiful tattoos that he's had for decades and works with a great artist. They are working on a design that will look nice and allow for additions as more of our babies eventually pass on.


I think your husband has an awesome idea. I have had my beloved kitties...Spud and Siam...cremated. I plan to be disposed of the same way. I think I would love to have some of the ashes of each scattered with me. In the meantime...I would love, love, love having their ashes mixed into ink to tattoo paw prints on me!!!  :)

post #15 of 15
We are so lucky- my sister in law is a holistic veterinarian with her own mobile business. They do a lot of hospice work, acupuncture, and home visits for elderly pets. Both of our dogs have passed in the past two years. With the first, my beloved lab, Maggie, she and her husband (he's a vet tech) came to our home and administered the euthanasia drugs for her while she was comfortable in her own bed. They took her body with them and arranged for a single cremation. When her ashes were returned to us, they came with a lovely folder that included snips of her fur and several ink paw prints. There was also a card of flower seeds to plant as a memorial and information on grief and the Rainbow Bridge.
Our other dog, Waylon, died at home the day before they were scheduled to come over and help him pass on. Again, they took his body and took care of all the arrangements. My husband requested a nose print, so we have several of those along with paw prints. I won't ever be able to thank them enough for their help and their caring. We were in really bad shape after seeing our baby die and I don't know what we would have done without their support. It's such a wonderful business they have created. I hope the concept catches on and others can have the experience we did.
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