What Is Individual Pet Cremation?

There are different types of pet cremation, and choosing the right one can sometimes be overwhelming. Some pet owners worry about their pets’ remains getting mixed up with others during cremation, so they consider individual cremation. This guide explains what individual pet cremation is, its process, its cost, and its benefits.

What Is Individual Pet Cremation?

Individual cremation refers to the process of cremating a pet separately from other animals inside a chamber. Also known as partitioned cremation, there’s a divider that separates your pet’s body from other pets in a chamber. In effect, the remains won’t get mixed up.

Paws Into Grace allows owners choose between different cremation options to help them say goodbye to their pets. Understanding what individual cremation is can help you see if this is the right way to honor your pet’s remains.A person petting a golden retriever sitting on the floor

What Happens in an Individual Pet Cremation?

With individual cremation, several pets may be cremated at one time. However, their bodies won’t get mingled, as the chamber has partitioned walls that completely seperate each pet’s remains from another. With individual cremation, there’s enough space and partition to keep the bodies separated. 

Individual cremation ensures you’ll only receive the ashes of your cat or dog. This is how individual or partitioned cremation for pets works.

  • Labeling the body: We use a detailed tagging process to ensure your pet’s remains don’t mingle with the others.
  • Placing one pet in the chamber at a time: Our compassionate staff carefully puts pet bodies in the chamber one at a time. This guarantees they stay in their designated areas, side by side, inside the chamber.
  • Breaking down organic matter: We offer both Aquamation and traditional fire cremation. With Aquamation, or water cremation, your pet’s body will slowly decompose with a gentle water flow. With traditional fire cremation, your pet’s body is exposed to the high heat, breaking down organic matter, resulting in dried bones and ashes.
  • Collecting the remains: Individual or partitioned cremation uses dividers. Thus, when the cremation process is completed, only bone fragments and ashes remain in each partitioned area. Our staff gently cools and dries them without cross-mixing with the other remains before transferring them to urns for families to pick up. 
  • Placing ashes in urns or memorial items: After collecting the ashes, cremation aftercare involves putting the ashes in urns or memorial items, depending on your request. We encourage using acacia or cedar urns if you prefer to display them. You may also opt for scatter tubes if you intend to spread the ashes.

How Long Does Partitioned Cremation for Pets Take?

Ultimately, the final cremation time depends on your pet’s size and weight and the cremation process you choose- whether that’s fire or water cremation.

In either case, we need enough time to cool and dry the ashes and prepare them for transfer in urns. This is why it may take a few weeks after your initial appointment before your pet’s ashes are ready for pick-up.

How Much Does Individual Pet Cremation Cost?

Our in-house individual cremation service starts at $275. However, the final cost may also depend on your pet’s weight. 

Consider getting CareCredit, as some cremation service providers consider it for financial assistance and payment.A white cat lying on a green textile near a brown wooden door

Is Individual Pet Cremation Different From a Private Cremation?

While an individual cremation also puts a pet’s body inside its own chamber, there’s a divider that separates the body from the rest of the pets.

In contrast, a private cremation means your pet is the only one inside the chamber. This is also why it costs more than partitioned cremation, with prices starting at $475. 

A survey shows that animal funeral homes or memorial centers cater to 1.8 million pets. Of those, 99% get cremated, with 7% undergoing individual or partitioned cremation where there’s physical separation to prevent pet ashes from commingling inside the chamber. Meanwhile, about 30% preferred private cremation.

Why Should I Choose Individual Cremation for My Pet?

Losing a beloved cat or dog can be difficult. There are benefits as to why individual or partitioned cremation provides dignified and respectful final arrangements to help with your grieving process.

  • Honor your pet: A partitioned cremation is a special way to honor your pet’s final days on earth. As you pay tribute, you can hold a solemn service to say goodbye.
  • An easier way to bring the remains anywhere you go: Bringing pets anywhere you need to go is among the challenges of being a pet owner. Despite their passing, you may find a way to keep them close to you even if you need to move homes. Putting their ashes in an urn or scatter tubes can make it easier to transport them.
  • Option to bury or scatter the ashes: If you choose to bury the remains right away, you may find it complicated to dig them again. There’s also the possibility that you need more time to be ready to bury them. With cremation, you can temporarily store your pet’s ashes in an urn before scattering or burying the ashes.A man wearing long sleeves polo denim kissing a brown dog

Related Questions

What Type of Pet Cremation Is the Best?

An individual cremation is the best if you want your pet to get cremated on its own. Communal cremation would be better if you don’t need to keep the ashes, while water cremation is ideal if you want to receive more ashes. The best type of cremation should depend on your needs and budget.

What Is the Cheapest Form of Cremation for Pets?

At Paws Into Grace, communal cremation is the most affordable form of cremation for pets. However, you would not receive the ashes back. Individual cremation can also be a reasonable option as well considering you will receive a clay paw print and Urn. 

How Do You Arrange a Pet Cremation in California?

You may bring your pet’s body to our facility to arrange a cremation. However, some pet owners may find transporting their pets emotionally and physically challenging. In this case, we can schedule a transport service to handle your pet’s remains.

Conclusion

Individual cremation is a process where the remains of your dog or cat are broken down in their own cremation chamber- separate from others. You will still receive only your pet’s ashes, as Paws Into Grace has a labeling process that ensures your pet’s remains never mix with the others.

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I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

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My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

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I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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