Pet urns cost an average of $75, though this price will vary depending on many factors – like size, build quality and of course where you buy.
We created this guide to help readers navigate the pet cremation and pet urn space. Our goal is to save you some time from having to research all this information on your own, and to help you make a well-informed decision when it comes to finding the right way to honor your pet.
In this guide…
- Cost of pet urns
- Where should you buy pet urns?
- Frequently Asked Questions about pet urns
How much do pet urns cost?
As mentioned in the intro, we found the average cost of a pet urn to be about $75, based on a survey of over 100 urns we found online. However, as with urns meant for humans, we found there is a lot of variability within this category. On the more affordable side, we found urns below $30, while some stores sold ones that cost over $150.
Still, if you’re in the market for a pet urn, expect to spend $50-$70 for a solid option that is neither too cheap nor too expensive. Below we break down costs for urns by category.
Wood and metal urns are by far the most common options available online. These are also some of the more affordable options, averaging about $50-$60. Ceramic pet urns are the most expensive and are also on the larger side. If you are looking for something more decorative and high quality, but still compact, you should look into composite pet urns.
|Material||Average Urn Cost|
|Biodegradable pet urns||$30|
|Wood pet urns||$52|
|Metal pet urns||$58|
|Composite pet urns||$66|
|Ceramic pet urns||$200|
Pet urns are usually sized in cubic inches. Small and mini pet urns are generally under 40 cubic inches, while medium ones go up to 80. Unsurprisingly, the larger the urn the more expensive it tends to be.
Note: large pet turns (those above 100 cubic inches) were generally ceramic. There were fewer material options at this size.
|Size||Average Urn Cost|
|Mini pet urns||$26|
|Small pet urns||$52|
|Medium pet urns||$70|
|Large pet urns||$200|
Cat Cremation Urns vs Dog Cremation Urns
Since the size of the urn plays a big role in its cost, it is unsurprising that dog urns, on average, cost more than cat urns. Cats are generally lighter and smaller than dogs, and therefore fewer ashes remain after cremation. However, if you have a small dog, the difference between costs will likely be negligible – this is because pet urns typically have a floor ceiling (we couldn’t find many that cost less than $25).
|Pet Type||Average Urn Cost|
Where to buy pet urns? From Affordable to Expensive
It’s easy to find and order pet urns online, though not all websites are trustworthy or offer competitive offers. Here we break down some options for readers to turn to.
If you’re looking for custom pet urns with a lot of options, we recommend taking a look at Etsy.com. At the time of writing this article, there are 220,429 listings on the site. Most of the listings (85%) are for urns under $100 – meaning Etsy has many options that are a reasonable price.
- Pros: The big advantage of using Etsy is that you can work directly with sellers to customize your shopping options. While this may incur additional costs, you can get custom urns that can memorialize your pet.
- Cons: Given the custom nature of these products, it may take longer to get these pet urns ready and shipt to the owner. If you’re looking for a quick solution, we recommend looking elsewhere.
Chewy is a relatively new online retailer that centers on pet-related products. As of 2017, it is owned by PetSmart. Chewy offers 143 options, with most priced at $50 or less.
- Pros: Shipping and customer service are great. Chewy has been referred to as the “Amazon for pet products”, and with good reason. Among pet owners, they enjoy a favorable reputation. If these are important factors for you, we recommend shopping for an urn here.
- Cons: Fewer options and less customization. Chewy is almost the inverse of Etsy. You have fewer options, but if you find something you like the shipping will be considerably faster.
Surprisingly (or perhaps not), Amazon offers a decent selection of pet urn products. If you are a Prime Customer, we recommend looking here first as this may get you the fastest service out of all the options we listed here. At the time of writing, Amazon has 764 pet urn listings.
- Pros: The dependability and speed of Amazon is unrivaled. I don’t think we need to even explain that here, given how popular it is.
- Cons: The urns we saw on Amazon are on the cheaper side. If you are trying to find something nicer or customized, you should go with Chewy or Etsy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Urns
We scoured the web to see the types of questions people tend to have about pet urns. For convenience, we provide some of those quick questions and answers here.
What size urn do I need for my dog?
This is usually determined by weight. As a general rule of thumb, you need 1 cubic inch per pound. So, if you had a 15 lb dog, you would look for urns that can hold up to 15 cubic inches.
Are pet urns sealed?
Most don’t require it, but many owners choose to apply some sort of sealant, caulk or adhesive. This is done to prevent accidents and the sealant will depend on the material the urn is made out of.
Can you keep a pet urn at home?
Yes. Many people choose to keep their pet urns at home in some highly visible spot. This way you are honoring your pet’s memory.
How much ash is left after cremation of a dog?
About 3.5% of a dog’s body weight remains as ashes after cremation. So a 50 lb dog would leave about 1.75 pounds of ashes.