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Meaningful Cat Memorial Ideas

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to honour your beloved cat and keep their memory alive, my collection of cat memorial art and jewellery is designed to offer the perfect balance of love and beauty. I know you will find something really special that will be a precious tribute to the life of your cat (or dog).

  • Question from a reader “How to memorialize a cat?”

Looking for Cat Memorial Ideas

As every cat lover knows, losing your feline companion can be very difficult. A cat leaves a permanent imprint on your soul, whether they’ve been part of your family for years or only a few months. To the question asked recently by a reader “how do I memorialise a cat?” please read on. Individual artist’s sites and Etsy sellers showcase their creations for you.

UPDATE: If you wish to create a memorial of a cat life yourself, check my recent post that covers creating your own celebration of a cat life.

Custom Pet Memorial Votive

Portraits of Animals will create a lovely cat memorial, or a gift for a grieving friend.

Image Credit © Portraits of Animals

There are clear instructions on the page that allow you to submit your cat photo and also to make payment. A Sympathy card and a tealight are included in the price.

I prepare and print your photo or artwork of your pet onto a frosted vinyl label, then burnish it onto a cube-shaped glass vase 3? in each dimension. A sympathy card and an LED tea light are included. The price includes shipping, whether to you or a friend, within the continental US.

PoA

Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Morse Code Bracelet

A touching and gentle memorial that would make a lovely gift for anyone, man or woman, who has lost a pet. The bracelet from Svana is delivered wrapped in the lovely message you see. The graceful printed graphic embraces both cat and dog.

Svana are a US based company who showcase a range of celebratory and pretty jewellery designs and this appears to be their only pet themed piece. Nevertheless it is a restrained and touching gift for pet loss for people who grieve quietly.

Cost: $26.00 + Shipping
Length: Adjustable 15 cm to 26 cm
Material: Copper beads and braided rope

Memorial Keepsake Bead (New Zealand Artist)

Fond Farewells in New Zealand helps you celebrate your cat (or other pet) with casts of paw prints, glass memorial beads, paperweights and pendants. They work closely with veterinary surgeries so your cat’s ashes can be incorporated into a gift at an early stage

Designed and crafted in New Zealand, Keepsakes with Love have a range of sensitive memorabilia including pendants, rings, glass vials and charms. Keepsakes can be filled with a small amount of your cherished pet’s ashes or a small sample of fur. 

Fond Farewells

Volana Kote

Pet Memorial Jewellery necklaces
© All Images Volana Kote

The creator, Volana Kote, comes highly recommended by colleague Teri Thorsteinson (FB) who is mom to Coco the world’s most fashionable cat.

The pieces here are of the highest quality, and have prices in line with this but the number of rave reviews on Etsy indicates a lot of very happy and appreciative customers.

Our custom jewelry is handmade with real fallen whiskers. All designs can be customized with your own pet’s whiskers ashes or fur, too! ^..^ After check out an automated email provides you with my whisker shipping address and notification is provided upon their safe arrival ^..^

Volana Kote

NOTE: The prices in this image are British pounds but Etsy will convert to your local currency.

Mimandarina

Commemorative Iage for Your Cat

The perfect cat memorial painting. Irene at Mimandarina is a young illustrator from Spain who adds a soft sweetness to her digital portraits. She is more than happy to customize little additions like flowers or bow ties to best represent the personality of your pet. She is an animal lover herself and wants to create something that really captures your cat’s essence.

Flower Floozy Designs

Pet Memorial Ideas Mosaic
Cat memorial plaque

You can tell right away that Karen Earnhardt, owner of Flower Floozy Designs, is a caring animal lover who will take great care to represent your beloved pet. She says, “Each piece of stained glass is cut and applied to the portrait to create a beautiful likeness of your special baby.” This custom-made mosaic starts at $200 (approx.), and would certainly be a treasured memorial. Etsy. Maybe commission a cat mosaic headstone or image to be mounted on a headstone. Pet memorials for the garden can be a really special gift for someone.

Jasmine’s Craft Cottage

Polymer Clay Cat Memorial Etsy

For British pet owners, the exquisite small memorials from Jasmine’s Craft Cottage store are a delight to warm the heart. The simple model is handcrafted and comes with an optional halo, and/or a silver base. Colours can be customised to Black, Siamese, Tuxedo, Grey or Rustic White Shimmer.

Basic cost is approx. £20 and Custom Made Cats are available – price on application to Jasmine.

Cindi Hale Ceramic Art

I recently discovered a delightful and appealing animal sculptor, CindiHale, who sells on Etsy thanks to colleagues Dalton and Benji. The boys shared their collection of family miniatures and I know readers will find the range of custom and memorial miniatures perfect as small pet memories.

There are specific ordering instructions you need to follow. I set them out here so you can be ready to order. If you are ordering for a specific event e.g. Christmas, I suggest ordering very early and giving Cindi Hale the maximum amount of time to work with you.

  • Please allow 10 days to 2 weeks for completion of custom sculptures.
  • Each ceramic figurine is hand-built from clay, bisque-fired, glaze-painted, then fired again.
  • No molds or casts are used. Each piece is original, ceramic art.
  • Custom requests are welcomed. Please keep in mind that the turn-around time is 1 to 2 weeks , as the creative process involves several phases.

Peony Peacock Studio 

painted memorial pendant for a cat

Imagine having an original watercolour of your sweet cat inside a beautiful necklace that you can wear close to your heart. Peony Peacock Studio makes every pendant from scratch – from the first sketch to the last stroke in her NYC home studio. The cat painting is sealed under clear glass and antique silver for approx. $59.95 (check for current prices). Also available as a key ring.

I am impressed by the outstanding range of testimonials on the site. People are genuinely delighted with the results of their orders. I really like that.

Nichole Piar 

Cat Face Embroidery

Nicole Piar’s cat portraits are just magical. Her style of watercolor, along with her natural intuition, comes together to create something truly unique. She works closely with you to understand your cat’s personality to bring it to life in a gorgeous painting you can cherish. $250.00 Artist Own Site.    

Thanks to Cara for a collection of inspired pet memorial jewellery and rememberance gifts for pets. If you would prefer to avoid shipping charges I suggest researching local craftspeople. For something heavier like a cat grave stone or a garden memorial for a dog this is a great idea.

40 thoughts on “Meaningful Cat Memorial Ideas”

  1. These are such lovely keepsakes! The stained glass is really unique, I love that one. When my dog Phoebe passed in March, she was cremated and they sent me a clay paw print of hers – it meant so much to me, I actually love having it with me. I also really like “mourning jewelry”, particularly items you can store your pet’s hair in. I had ordered a gorgeous pendant on Etsy that could hold pet hair in it, but the post office messed up and totally Lost it! I was so disappointed. I later found a pendant shaped like an owl at the craft store that could hold some of her hair in it. I bought it and I love that I can carry a little piece of her whenever I wear that pendant necklace.

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  2. These are so beautiful! I have a bunch of Dav’s fur set aside with the intention of doing something with it. I’m not sure if I want to spin it into wool to make something (there is A LOT of it lol) or just take a little to incorporate into something like the jewellery you shared. For now, it’s just sitting there waiting for me to make a decision. I started thinking it though now because while she is still with me, I need to save up a lot if I go the wool route lol

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  3. These are all such beautiful ways…for beloved dogs, too. I did have portraits of my Huskies done while I had them and truly cherish them now. I also have jewelry for my beloved Gibson, the Epi-warrior, and I a ceramic FiveSibes with holiday lights and our two adopted cats Including our feral) all done in ceramic and it sits in my curio cabinet. I have many photos I have taken over the years. I do have a lovely stone for them in my backyard and will be adding solar pawprint lights. I find myself that while grieving, it helps to make a tribute and have a special memorial for them. I know they are always with me, but my heart truly loves the reminders. I have a gorgeous artist portrait of my horse as well. I still want to have portraits done of my two adopted dogs pre-Huskies. I do love the many different artist versions and the felt miniatures are precious. While it is so difficult losing them, your list is a beautiful list of ways to honor them always.

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  4. Oh my goodness! These are such wonderful finds. There are several in here that I will definitely be ordering once I get moved and settled. If I do it now, I will lose them. I hope my new home will have enough space for everything I want to take and get. I am just nuts over the folk art painting and felted animals. I can see a whole lineup of my beloved critters in folk art paintings with a 3-D version in felt below them. Maybe in an office or library. That would be amazing! I’m holding onto this page. But for now, I’m sharing this will all my pet parents.

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  5. These pet memorial items are so lovely. I kept it simple–I have a pendant with some of my dog’s “living” fur–meaning clipped before her passing.

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  6. Such a lovely selection of memorial items. I don’t have a cat, but it seems like quite a few of these would work for dogs/other types of pets too. I’m thankful to not be on the market for a pet memorial item currently, but thank you for sharing!

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  7. What beautiful ideas and I love the jewellery as I could have her with me at all times, thanks for the ideas

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  8. Oh, I missed this first time around! So now I am here and I see one of the updates was from Cindi Hale, who made all my angels and even Dalton & Benji.

    There sure are lots of other great ideas to choose from, too. Nice for gifting as well as for our own remembrances.

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  9. It would not be possible for me to choose a favorite — it would be like asking me to choose a favorite cat. Each is special, unique, and treasured, as are these beautiful works of art.

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  10. Ok, these are awesome. You just cost me a small fortune. Selecting is going to be challenging. I’ve got one cat to remember and one cat and dog living to honour. I wonder if any of these artist have done horses?

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  11. What a cool collection of memorial or gift ideas. I have a little watercolor of Kilo by Sadie & Co in our group which I LOVE- those are beautiful. I am also a big fan of mixed media – our kids’ series Penny P Pug uses paint and paper collage. I love the stuffed and felt options. I have been looking for a plush black pug and may have to commission. Inspired.

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  12. They are all fantastic! I don’t know where to start. If I had an unlimited budget, I would do the stained glass or watercolor by Nicole Piar. Love the posable felt kitty and fat felt huggable too. But then I like……oh my! Love them all!!!
    Marty’s Mom

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  13. Wow! These ideas are amazing. I think my favorite is the watercolor necklace. There’s just something about being able to wear your memory around your neck. Those little-felted cats are really neat too. It is crazy how realistic they can be!

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  14. It took me years to be able to even talk about my dog dying. I know that have a memorial for her in so many ways has gently helped with the passage of time. I love seeing all these ways to memorialize our treasured babies.

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  15. These are all wonderful! My mom’s cat passed away in December and I gave her a pet portrait of her cat for Christmas. She loves it.

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  16. One of our Hallmark artists creates stained glass and ceramic tile portraits – and they are STUNNING (a bit spendy – several hundred $US – but gorgoeus). We think that stuffed pillow’s adorable!

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  17. Thank you to everyone who commented – I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my selections! All of the artists are clearly animal lovers, and I’m sure would take great care to create the perfect memorial. And thank you Marjorie for your help making the post look perfect. xoxo

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  18. Oh I love the stained glass. But all of the artists are very talented and their work would be great as a keepsake.

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  19. Great posty. Mommy was given a keychain with sis Lexi inside and a necklace too. She hasn’t used either yet fur anythin’ other than lookin’ at and admirin’. We think she’s ‘fraid she might lose ’em and dat would tear her to pieces. She says it would be just like losin’ sissy all ocer again. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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  20. I LOVE this post!! Such amazing artists! I have a Henry Cuddle Clone and I know it;ll comfort me when he eventually passes. I am definitely going to go check out a bunch of these artists!

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  21. WOW! This is wonderful art and they are all so very different in their own ways I am not sure which I would wish over the other. Thanks for bringing us this great post. purrs ERin

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  22. Wow, these are amazing!!! I want them all!! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful memorial ideas. I haven’t settled on a memorial for my sweet little Milton yet, and maybe I have found it in one of these portraits. Thank you so much.

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  23. Wow, there are some incredibly talented people about! Thank you for sharing, Aunty. Very very helpful :o)

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  24. These are lovely. My human does not do the memorial thing herself – they depress her – but she knows they bring comfort to most other humans.

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  25. I’m going to look into these! Right now, I have a very rudimentary (and cheap) memorial to Kitty… but this year will be the 10 year anniversary of her crossing The Bridge and it might be time to upgrade. I have a picture of her hanging on my wall … along with the little envelope of fur I snipped, a couple whiskers and claw sheathes I found. Originally, I had her favorite toy sitting on top of the frame … but Bear kept ripping it off, so I tucked it away for safe keeping 🙂

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