kids pet rat actively dying, what to do once he dies?

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Posted 1/22/2013 by ~*~kandie~*~ in NSBR Board
 

~*~kandie~*~
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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:30:47 PM
all of our other rodent pets have died during other seasons, we were able to burry them on our property.

well we have 6 inches of snow on ground and very frozen ground....what to do? this is a loved pet.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:37:16 PM
Maybe put him in a pretty box in some pretty tissue and leave him outside until the ground gets soft enough to bury him. That way he will be frozen and not smell.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:39:20 PM

Maybe put him in a pretty box in some pretty tissue and leave him outside until the ground gets soft enough to bury him. That way he will be frozen and not smell.


I would think an animal would get to him.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:39:56 PM
I guess if they had a safe space, somewhere out of reach.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:42:47 PM
You could call your vet and have him cremated, but depending upon where you live, that might be expensive. Or you could put him in a metal box and keep him out in the garage until it warms up a bit.

That's a tough one in this weather.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:42:53 PM
we have two goldens who may try to get out him.
my hubby suggested making a crypt out bricks.....that should keep animals away until i can bury him.

poor little sweet guy!


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:45:18 PM
Beyond my comfort level, but when my friend's rabbit died in winter, they put her in the freezer until the ground thawed. They had a big funeral for her in the spring.

I'm sorry about your rat.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:47:58 PM
Well in the comic For Better or For Worse, they put the pet rabbit in the freezer until spring. Many other hijinks happened so be sure to label the box well.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 6:25:24 PM
We also had a beloved pet die in winter - our cat - and we also kept her in the freezer so we could have a little ceremony and bury her on our property in the warmer weather. My husband made a wooden box for her that he screwed shut (so no chance of accidentally opening it!) and I put it on the shelf in the freezer. It was a little disturbing, but, it was a good solution. Sorry about your pet!






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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:05:41 PM
This question has me wondering what cemeteries do for people who've died?


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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:07:58 PM
I live in a condo and all three of my rats are buried at my parents' house with the dog we had when I was growing up. I wrapped them in fleece and tucked them in a plastic zip lock bag and kept them in the freezer until I could get to my parents' house.

This sounds terrible, but if you go this route, tuck them into a little ball soon after they pass. One of my poor girls died in the middle of the night and she stiffened up in an awful position that also did not lend itself to tucking neatly in the freezer, but I didn't have it in me to force her body to move at that point, so she required a bit more space.

ETA -


This question has me wondering what cemeteries do for people who've died?



I don't know if it's standard practice, but my grandmother was kept in a mausoleum until spring thaw, when we had a proper funeral.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:31:35 PM
I'm in the "keep it in the freezer" camp. I had to put our cat in the freezer for a few weeks until we could get her down to my mom's house to bury her in the family pet plot.





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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:55:35 PM

This question has me wondering what cemeteries do for people who've died?


My dad died in December (not this past one) and was buried in Kansas.Brrr. I didn't watch them dig, but I assume they have equipment that can dig through anything.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:58:37 PM
I worked for a boss who came from Maine. He said they have the funeral but then the cemetery stores the body until the ground thaws and they can have a burial.


OP, I'm sorry about your rat.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:32:43 PM
I hate that time when you know your pet is dying, the waiting is horrible.
When our little turtle died we were on our way out to a family event quite some way away so we put him in a postal box and put him in the freezer. We buried him a week later.
Love having pets but it is always so sad when they die.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:52:46 PM
Kandie, we also have a rat who is slowly going downhill. Poor guy has lost the use of his hind legs, but he still comes scooting to the cage door when I bring him food. Sorry about your rat!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:13:08 AM
Had to do the freezer thing too with a gerbil. So sorry to hear about your furry baby!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:29:36 PM
I would second the option of asking your vet about cremation. If they don't do exotics (pocket pets etc) you may want to look online for one who does. It should not be terribly expensive.

If it isn't getting above freezing, could you do a "cairn" with rocks or bricks outside to keep him safe from animals?

My grandma had a cat in her freezer when I was little and it scared me to death. I think I may be scarred for life and can't imagine putting an animal in mine. That doesn't mean it isn't an ok option for you though!
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