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Pet Memorials as Unique as Your Cat 2023

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). With help from Cara Imperato, and myself you will be able to celebrate the life of your missing companion with love.

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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.

Let me introduce Cara Imperato as the talented co-creator of this post.

I’ve carefully chosen some unique pet memorial gifts, handcrafted by talented artists who are also animal lovers. Sharing your photo with the artist, talking a bit about your cat’s personality and watching your memorial come together is a beautifully therapeutic process.  I found that sharing and appreciating cat-inspired art helped me work through the loss of my beloved cat, Callie. She only lived five short years, but her loving presence helped me survive the most turbulent period of my life.

Ink Lane Design 

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.

Nico Made Me 

Cat memorials small plymer clay figures

Nicoleta makes these delightful portraits out of polymer clay. As she explains, “each detail is a tiny piece of colored clay added by hand. The process doesn’t involve painting, which makes it more difficult, but the finish is more realistic and the colors last longer.”

Price” Starts from $65.00 for one cat, additional depending on the number of pets.

  • Please check the current price of items as these may have been adjusted since this post was updated – August 2022.
Pet Memorial Ideas

Elaine at Ink Lane Design (above) is the talented graphic designer behind these adorable digital illustrations. I love the whimsical feel. You send a photo and any requests for the background and wording. She even provides a proof in case you’d like revisions before it’s finished. Available as a digital file or high-quality print. Starts at $59.99, depending on the number of pets and printing options. (Etsy).

  • Digital file from approx. $46.44, more depending on the number of pets. (Etsy)


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.

Dog memorial gift mosaic
Garden memorial for a dog

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.

Cindi Hale also does seasonal ornaments e.g. Halloween or Christmas, and her Gay Pride Rainbow Fish Magnets will be beautiful gifts for the right person.

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 sculpture.
  • Each ceramic figurine is hand-built from a lump of 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.

Shari Fawn Art 

Cat Memorial portrait

I’m personally a fan of folk art, so I had to include a cat portrait in this style by Shari Fawn. It offers lots of room for adding fun cat quirks. The artist Shari will hand paint your portrait using acrylic on canvas. You’ll receive a sketch to approve before she begins painting. $70.00, $10.00 to add your pet’s name. (Etsy)

Artsy Emmy the Crafter 

Pet Memorial Ideas

These beautiful miniature portraits are 1.25″ X 2″ before framing. Artist, Emmy the Crafter, creates them using watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil and India ink. She then mats and frames your portrait with real wood picture molding. I chose to include this one because it’s affordable due to its size, but with all the attention to detail, you’d expect for a quality portrait. $44.99 Etsy

J Beth Bish 

Cet Memorial Gift Portrait
Cat Art Portrait

If you’re a fan of pop art (or perhaps your cat had a very colorful personality…) – Jillian at J Beth Bish can create a custom piece of art for you. She’s happy to work with you until you’re happy with the image. She sends as a digital file, which you can then print on anything you’d like. $38.00, more depending on a number of pets.

Felted Animals Studio 

felted cat figure standing

Linda is the Latvian felt artist behind these incredibly realistic custom cats. You must view her other creations on Etsy to get a sense of how much time and effort she puts into crafting an exact likeness of your beloved pet. There is even a wired skeleton so you can move the tail, paws and head.

These custom cat figures are approx. $70.00 – pls. confirm exact price on site.

Paint My Pooch Portraits of Cats and Dogs

For a lovely portrait on a budget, I suggest Paint My Pooch. Both Cats and Dogs feature on their web page, and you will find clear instructions to make sure you send a photograph that will look great once it’s finished, and on your wall.

You have the option of digital or framed portraits as well as lovely smartphone cases and can include one, two or three pets.

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.

We pride ourselves on our industry leading design, print and paper quality. Not only that, we are proudly 100% carbon neutral.

Paint My Pooch

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.

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can create impressive cat photographs and fun movies with the camera they carry.

She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

40 thoughts on “Pet Memorials as Unique as Your Cat 2023”

  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!

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

  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.

  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.

  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?

  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.

  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

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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

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

  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

  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!

  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

  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.

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

  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.

  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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