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Titsalinabumsquash Wed 30-Dec-15 11:28:36

Our Syrian has passed away un expectedly in the night. 99% sure anyway, just waiting on DP to check when DS is otherwise occupied.

We've never had a pet die before, what do we do with him? We don't have any grassy areas in the garden to burry him. sad

PUGaLUGS Wed 30-Dec-15 11:31:00

We buried both of ours in the garden in shoe boxes.

Can you put him in a plastic bag and pop him in the main bin outside?

MrsLeighHalfpenny Wed 30-Dec-15 11:32:51

Bury him in a flowerbed? Or in a local woods if your garden isn't appropriate.

or in the bin if DCs aren't bothered

AuntieStella Wed 30-Dec-15 11:33:06

If you really have nowhere to bury him, when are you next visiting someone who has (maybe one set of DGPs)? This may be the only option if your DC plan a funeral.

It's not really on to bury even a small pet if you don't have permission from the landowner.

Or you could ring the vet and see if they have (or can recommend) a disposal service.

Chasingsquirrels Wed 30-Dec-15 11:33:45

Green bin

fortifiedwithtea Wed 30-Dec-15 11:36:00

Oh dear sad If there is really nowhere in the garden you can get a spade in I'd buy a large ceramic pot and plant him up with small shrub and some bulbs. And keep my fingers crossed a fox doesn't dig him up.

RIP Hammy

BoxofSnails Wed 30-Dec-15 11:38:57

fortified with tea what a lovely idea. Or else ask around friends/family? Whilst it might be a bit of a surprising request I'd happily let a friend bury a small pet in my garden.

Titsalinabumsquash Wed 30-Dec-15 11:42:07

The only place in the garden that has earth exposed to dig is in the chicken pen and I worry they'd dig her up and eat her, they're gross like that. I've seen them feast on rodents before.

MIL is round today I'll ask her if she'll burry her at her house.

We've only had poor Buttons for less than a year, we adopted her from PAH from the rehoming area, she'd been returned by her owner because she has a huge benign cyst on her chest that they didn't like. hmm

fortifiedwithtea Wed 30-Dec-15 11:43:15

BTW you can take him to the vet and there will be a charge but cheaper than buying a plant pot.

If I recall correctly when our guinea pig was pts the cost was £12 for mass cremation but you won't get the ashes back. However we paid £65 because we wanted Coco to have her own send off meaning we could have her ashes. It was important to us that she rests in peace in her own garden.

Shallishanti Wed 30-Dec-15 11:44:58

don't bury it!!!!
keep it in a box in a warm room for a day or so first- they can go into hibernation if cold and seem completely dead
I speak from experience

vestandknickers Wed 30-Dec-15 11:47:18

Sorry OP. How sad.

As others have said, make very sure it is actually dead and then see if MIL would have a little ceremony in her garden. I hope your DS is ok.

DurhamDurham Wed 30-Dec-15 11:47:30

We have three deceased hamsters buried in our garden, our house is on the market. Wondering whether to mention it to any buyers, would you want to know there was a pet cemetery out there?

DurhamDurham Wed 30-Dec-15 11:47:49

Ps One minutes silence for all fallen small pets.

Arfarfanarf Wed 30-Dec-15 11:50:38

Be very very very sure he is dead and not hibernating. Keep him for a week in a warm box. Then yes asking grandparents is a good idea.

AuntieStella Wed 30-Dec-15 11:51:06

You don't need to mention something as small as a hamster to buyers.

But if you've built a funerary monument, it's probably better to explain it up front.

And don't hang a sign saying 'semetary'!

DurhamDurham Wed 30-Dec-15 11:56:31

Better remove the headstones then grin

BoxofSnails Wed 30-Dec-15 12:08:16

Durham we found a tiny pet cemetery after we moved in to our house. I don't think you need to mention it. It's quite cute, although ours is not visible from the house.

DurhamDurham Wed 30-Dec-15 12:12:41

It could be a feature/talking point, a brief history of each pet. Grasping at straws......

fortifiedwithtea Wed 30-Dec-15 13:08:32

My very elderly neighbour who has been on his last legs for years made a rockery over his beloved dead Alsatian dog - didn't bury it just piled a load of earth and large stones over the top envy <vom face>

When the time comes that I have new neighbours, do I tell them? hmm

Durham I wouldn't mention the hamsters

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 30-Dec-15 13:17:14

Poor Buttons (though I'm sure he had a quieter passing than poor Buttons in The Walking Dead >>>>> don't search it if you're squeamish

YY to keep a check and make sure he is dead (I reckon a couple of days will tell you one way or t'other, our piggies were a bit high after 24 hours in the warmth but when GP3 died we had to leave him in the garage for several days till we could dig. He smelled ok)

If your new neighbours (when you get them) ask you about the bones under the rockery fortified just say "Oh, poor Bob, I hadn't seen him for a while" and leave them wondering if Bob is the neighbour or the dog...............................

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 30-Dec-15 13:18:56

We have three little gravestones (glorified from floor tiles) and a cat statue where the cat and three piggies are rested.

Good job I;m not moving house eh?

Titsalinabumsquash Wed 30-Dec-15 16:58:00

She's most certainly dead, MIL got her out and she was ice cold and stiff, and she was covered in poo so I assume she died from something she ate or from wet tail? Not that we've changed her food or anything.

She was also just laying on the floor of the cage rather than curled up in her bed like normal and her eyes were open.
We made the educated guess that she wasn't hibernating and she's gone with MIL in a box for burying. RIP Buttons. sad

DS is sad but he's only 3 so I'm not sure he quite understands, he's asking if he can stroke her.
The older 2 will be sad when they come home tomorrow.

Arfarfanarf Wed 30-Dec-15 18:49:51

ah yes, that sounds like dead.
sorry thanks poor Buttons.

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