Written by Marjorie Dawson

Pet Memorials as Unique as Your Cat

Pet Memorials as Unique as Your Cat

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Memorials that touch your heart and that a friend or family can really love can be a challenge to find. So, when a reader wrote to ask “how do I memorialise a cat?” I called in expert help and gathered a selection of remembrance gifts from American and British artists online so you can create a heartfelt and loving memorial in a range of different materials to suit every taste and budget.

Looking for Pet Memorial Ideas

As every cat lover knows, losing your feline companion can be hard. A pet leaves a permanent imprint on your soul, whether they’ve been part of your family for years or only a few months. Pet memorials are a healthy way to grieve the loss of your friend and a memorial gift is also a caring way to show support with a gift to someone who has lost a pet of their own.

Cara Imperato is the talented co-creator of this post, which I hope you will find helpful. Please check all prices as they have have changed since this post was last updated.

Cara says:

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. My blog, Kitty Curator, is an ongoing memorial to her beauty and unconditional love.

I look forward to hearing your favourite Pet Memorial Ideas in the comments!

NOTE: As Carla is no longer curating and the demand is still constant for good memorials I am adding a limited range of fresh high-quality suggestions for pet memorials. This post uses affiliate links and she/we may earn a small commission from any sales made.

Mimandarina

Commemorative Iage for Your Cat

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.

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

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 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.

Ink Lane Design 

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).

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.

Smittens Knuffels 

Pet Memorial Ideas

I don’t know about you, but having a huggable version of my cat after he/she passed would be tremendously comforting. Anna of Smittens Knuffels hand makes each stuffed animal in her home in Amsterdam. As you can see from the picture, she takes great care to match the coat for a sweet representation of your furry companion. These pet stuffies are made to order for $60.81. (Etsy)

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 $70.00.

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

Lianne Illustrates 

 Cut out Cats Lovely and naive

Mixed media and collage is also a huge favorite of mine, so forgive me for including yet another of my personal styles from Lianne Illustrates! I love the quirkiness of Lianne’s creations. She will create a sketch for your approval first, then begin the process of glueing the collage to high-quality paper. $51.95, additional depending on the number of pets. Etsy

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 shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

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

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31 thoughts on “Pet Memorials as Unique as Your Cat”

  1. What a wonderful way to remember your pet who has crossed over the rainbow bridge. When Baby passed a friend of mine made me a bracelet with different photo’s of her which I keep on my desk.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Wow, there are some incredibly talented people about! Thank you for sharing, Aunty. Very very helpful :o)

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  17. 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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  18. 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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