Furbaby trend turning Aussie backyards into pet cemeteries

Pet cremation allows people to keep the remains of their much-loved animals.
Pet cremation allows people to keep the remains of their much-loved animals. Tracey Joynson

ALMOST half of Aussie pet owners bury their furbabies at home, with even rented properties being turned into cat and dog cemeteries, a new study has found.

Potentially around 785,000 rental properties were being turned into pet graveyards, with the latest survey naming home burial as the preferred option for almost half of all furry-pet owners. insurance expert Bessie Hassan said "furbaby" attachments were so strong most pet owners didn't want to part with them even in death.

"The fact that some Aussies may be breaching the terms of their lease in order to bury their pets on rented land is indicative of just how much we treasure them," Ms Hassan said.

The Australian Veterinary Association said companionship was the number one reason to own a pet in 2016, with a marked increase in cats and dogs being viewed as part of the family.

One in four pet owners preferred cremation for their furbabies, leaving their pet at the vet shop was the third most popular option, 5% were partial to using an actual pet cemetery and 3% favoured taxidermy.

Ms Hassan said: "For animal lovers wanting to preserve the memory of their beloved pet, some pet insurance policies will provide a payment upon death to assist with accommodating for the loss".

Brisbane boy Edward Bowles, 8, can visit a memorial to his beloved cat Slynx, any time he wants in the yard of his home.

"We've got a grave there with a black cat statue and a stone the colour of Slynx who was orangey ginger and it's also got a little post with his name on it and a picture of him,"  Edward said.

He's currently saving to buy another pet, his father David said.

"I would like to get another cat like Slynx," the primary schooler said.

Topics:  backyard death pets

News Corp Australia

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