How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost?

Last Updated on February 15, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Losing a beloved furry friend is devastating. When it’s time to say that final goodbye, pet cremation offers a respectful way to memorialize your pet’s life. But pet funeral costs often catch owners off guard. From basic communal services to customized remembrance products, cremation involves many options and costs.

This comprehensive guide examines pet cremation pricing across the full range of services. You’ll learn what shapes cremation fees, see average costs broken down by animal type, and get tips for keeping expenses affordable. With planning and price research, pet owners can find a dignified cremation service within their budget.

How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost?

The average cost of a basic dog cremation ranges from $150 to $300, with prices starting around $50 for smaller pets. For a cat cremation, owners pay $100 to $250 on average. Exotic pets like birds or rabbits fall between cat and dog pricing.

Exact pet cremation costs vary based on:

  • Cremation type: Private, communal or partitioned
  • Animal size and weight
  • Provider location
  • Urns, memorial items, and other services

Some animal cremation services start under $50 for communal options, while customized private cremations with full services total over $500 for dogs or $300 for cats.

Below is a detailed breakdown of average pricing:

Dog Cremation Cost

  • Small dog under 25 lbs: $150 – $250
  • Medium dog 25 – 60 lbs: $200 – $300
  • Large dog over 60 lbs: $250 – $400
  • Extra large dog over 150 lbs: $300 – $600

Cat Cremation Cost

  • Kitten or small cat under 10 lbs: $100 – $150
  • Average adult cat: $150 – $250
  • Large cat over 15 lbs: $200 – $300

Other Pet Cremation Costs

  • Birds: $50 – $150
  • Rabbits: $100 – $150
  • Rodents (hamsters, etc.): $50 – $100
  • Reptiles: $50 – $150
  • Miniature horses: $300 – $500
  • Pot-bellied pigs: $250 – $350

Additional Fees

  • Communal cremation: $50 – $150
  • Partitioned cremation: $100 – $250
  • Private viewing: $50 – $100
  • Home pickup: $25 – $50
  • Basic plastic urn: $50 – $75
  • Wooden urn: $75 – $150
  • Ceramic urn: $100 – $250
  • Biodegradable urn: $150 – $200
  • Customized urn: $200 – $500

As you can see, cremation costs span a wide range depending on the pet, services, and products chosen. Important factors influencing price are covered next.

According to Paw To Paw Pet Cremation, the average cost of private pet cremation is about $150, but it can vary based on the pet’s size. Very large breed dogs may cost more. Communal cremation costs around $70 on average.

Perfect Memorials notes that the average pet cremation cost can range from around $30 for a small animal communal cremation to $250 or more for a large animal’s individual cremation.

The Living Urn writes that the cost of individual cremation is generally between $50-$150. Private cremation, which is the most expensive option, ranges from $175-$250, depending on the region and the size of the pet.

According to Daily Paws, the cost of individual cremation is between $50 and $150 on average.

A Reddit user reported a total cost of $570 for individual cremation, including euthanasia, cremation, and urn engraving and paw print.

What Impacts the Cost of Pet Cremation?

Many factors shape the pricing for pet cremation. The major elements affecting the bottom line cremation cost include:

Type of Cremation

This is the leading factor in cost. Basic options include:

  • Communal cremation: Pets are cremated together in the same chamber. Ashes are not returned. Most affordable at $50 – $150.
  • Private cremation: Pets are cremated alone in a dedicated chamber. Ashes are returned in an urn. Highest cost at $150 – $600+.
  • Partitioned: Pets are cremated together but ashes are separated into different urns. Mid-range pricing from $100 – $250.

Pet Size and Weight – Heavier animals require more resources for cremation. Large dogs may cost 5 times more than a small bird or hamster.

Provider Location – Urban areas with higher real estate costs tend to have higher pricing. Competition also affects prices in some regions.

Certified Crematory – Using a professional, certified facility ensures proper handling but costs more than independent providers in some cases.

Pickup and Transport – Retrieval from a veterinary clinic or home residence averages $25 to $50. Adds convenience for grieving families.

Specialized Urns – An engraved metal or marble urn can cost $500+ compared to $50 for a plastic urn. Personalization adds cost.

Memorial Products and Services – Add-ons like paw prints, fur clippings or viewing ceremonies increase the total cremation fees. But provide added remembrance value.

Eco-Friendly Cremation – Newer green methods like alkaline hydrolysis come at a $25 to $100 premium over flame-based cremation.

Breaking Down Cremation Prices by Service Type

The type of cremation process largely determines the base cost. Additional fees get added for personalized services. Here’s a detailed look at pricing based on the cremation method:

Private Pet Cremation

With separate cremation, costs range from:

  • Small dog: $200 – $350
  • Medium dog: $250 – $450
  • Large dog: $350 – $600
  • Cat: $150 – $300
  • Bird/rabbit/reptile: $100 – $200

Prices rise for heavy dogs exceeding 150 pounds. Private chamber ensures no comingling with other pets. Allows for return of ashes. Added fees apply for urns, pick up, viewing, and other memorial options selected.

Communal Pet Cremation

With group cremation, fees typically include:

  • Small dog: $50 – $100
  • Medium dog: $75 – $125
  • Large dog: $100 – $150
  • Cat: $50 – $100
  • Small pets: $25 – $75

Lower cost since pets are cremated together. Ashes are not returned. Basic service but still dignified. Added memorial products like clay paw prints can be purchased separately if desired.

Partitioned Pet Cremation

Transform Your Pet Into JewelryPartitioned or “semi-private” cremation costs:

  • Small dog: $125 – $200
  • Medium dog: $150 – $225
  • Large dog: $225 – $275
  • Cat: $100 – $175
  • Bird/rabbit/reptile: $75 – $150

Pets are cremated together in same chamber but ashes are separated into different urns. Allows ashes to be returned at lower cost than fully private cremation. Added fees for urns and other options apply.

As you can see, cremation prices cover a wide spectrum but align closely with the cremation type. Additional costs and services also affect the final invoice.

Fees for Urns, Memorials & More

Beyond the base cremation fee, optional additions can impact the total cost of services. Average pricing includes:


To hold the ashes, urns range from:

  • Basic plastic urn: $50 – $75
  • Scattered remains (no urn): No added cost
  • Simple metal or wooden urn: $75 – $150
  • Ceramic, marble or glass urns: $100 – $250
  • Artisan crafted urns: $200 – $500+
  • Biodegradable eco-friendly urns: $150 – $200

Personalization like engraving or added design/material raises costs.


Smaller urns or jewelry to share ashes among family members range from $50 to $200. Keepsake pendants and keychains are $75+.

Paw Print Impressions

Clay or ink imprints of your pet’s paw cost $25 and up, depending on material used.

You might also like our articles about the cost of pet euthanasia, dog autopsy, or gravestone engraving.

Fur Clippings

Snipping and preserving locks of fur costs $25 to $50 on average. Provides tangible remembrance.

Viewing Services

Private viewing or family participation ranges from $50 to $100. For an additional farewell.

Memorial Photo Albums/Frames

Photo collections or memorial frames with your pet’s images cost $50+. Digital photo tribute: $75+.

Memorial Plaque

Engraved stone, concrete or metal memorials range from $50 to $150+ depending on size and material.

Pet Loss Support Counseling

Additional bereavement counseling or pet loss support groups range from $25 to $50 per session. Provides guidance on the grieving process.

Pet Memorial Sites

Pet cemeteries offer burial or scattering gardens starting at $200. Columbariums to store urns start at $400+. Headstones $200+.

Delivery of Ashes

Home delivery of remains or scattering at a meaningful location averages $25 to $50. For convenience and final tribute.

Finding Budget-Friendly Pet Cremation

While cremation costs can add up with services, there are ways to control expenses:

Compare Prices of Providers

Independent and online pet cremation services often beat vet quoted prices by $50 to $100+. Get quotes from several providers.

Consider Communal Cremation

Communal pet cremation can lower the budget by $100+ compared to partitioned or private services. Still provides respectful group cremation.

Opt for an Basic Urn

Forgo expensive urns with materials like marble or brass for a basic plastic or wooden urn to save $100+. Or use an existing urn you already own.

Skip Add-On Services and Products

Keep the service minimalist by avoiding add-ons like paw prints, fur clippings and viewing ceremonies. Reduce costs by $50+.

Ask About Package Discounts

See if combining certain services qualifies for package pricing. The savings can be $50+.

End-of-Life Pet Care Costs

Pet owners can expect to spend $400 to $800+ for a dog and $200 to $500+ for a cat when totaling cremation with basic professional services.

On the low end, communal cremation with no urn or other features can cost less than $100 for a small pet.

On the high end, private cremations with customized urns, viewing ceremonies, memorial sites, and other features can exceed $1,000 for a large dog.

To budget accordingly, have a plan for end-of-life costs. And remember to check for pet insurance coverage, which sometimes helps offset portions of cremation services.

Honoring Your Pet’s Life with Cremation

Losing a beloved pet is never easy, no matter the species. But pet cremation services offer a ritual for saying farewell while keeping your pet’s memory close. When cost is a concern, options like communal cremation provide basic but dignified remembrance for much less than elaborately customized services.

With some price research and smart decisions, pet owners can find a cremation service that respects their budget along with their bond with their cherished companion. By mapping out a plan in advance, the difficult task of memorialization can become an uplifting final act of love.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest form of cremation?

The most affordable cremation is a basic communal service without an urn or other additions. Communal cremation costs $50 to $150 on average. Ashes are not returned, but it allows respectful group cremation at the lowest price point.

Why cremate instead of bury?

There are several reasons pet owners choose cremation instead of burial:

  • Cremation is available everywhere, whereas laws prohibit pet burial in some areas.
  • Ashes can be scattered or kept in urns that families can take if they relocate. Burial keeps the pet at a fixed location.
  • Cremation takes up less space than a full burial plot and grave marker.
  • Cremation is perceived as “cleaner” since the body is reduced to ashes rather than buried.

What religion is against cremation?

Some traditional branches of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam discourage or prohibit cremation. Groups favoring burial include Orthodox Jews, evangelical Protestants, traditional Catholics, and Muslims. Views vary among other denominations, many of which now accept cremation.

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