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How to Bury a Hamster

By Mandy Thompson

July 27, 2023


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Bury your beloved pet hamster safely and with loving care. Saying goodbye to a pet can be difficult, but if you give them the burial they deserve, it can provide closure and comfort for both of you. Even though small pets are often easier to dispose of than larger ones, we must remember that they still have lives of their own, highlighting why we should bury our furry friends properly. In this blog post, we will go through everything you need to know about how to hide away your treasured companion with dignity, respectfully.

Decide on a suitable burial location

An ideal burial location should be peaceful and picturesque, allowing for a sense of solitude and connection with nature. Perhaps a hilltop overlooking a sweeping valley, a secluded grove of trees dappled in sunlight, or a windswept cliff overlooking the ocean. The terrain should be stable and not at risk of erosion or geological changes that could disturb the gravesite. Accessibility is also important, as visitors will want to reach the location to pay their respects. At the same time, the burial ground should feel removed from the busyness of the world, a place of quiet remembrance amid the rhythms of the natural landscape.

Gather supplies, such as a small box or container, tissue paper, and rocks or soil

To create a miniature terrarium, first gather the necessary supplies. Select a small, transparent container, such as a glass jar or fishbowl. Gather tissue paper or small stones to line the bottom of the container for drainage and decoration. Collect small rocks, crystals, or figurines to use as accents. Select low-maintenance plants that thrive in a contained environment, such as succulents, air plants, or moss. With some creativity, these supplies can be artfully arranged into a miniature garden that will thrive with minimal maintenance. A terrarium is a unique way to bring nature indoors and create your own self-sustaining ecosystem.

Wrap the hamster in soft tissue paper

“Before placing your hamster in its carrier for transportation, it is important to line the bottom with soft tissue paper. Hamsters have delicate bones and sensitive paws that can be easily injured on harsh surfaces. Laying down a layer of tissue paper, paper towels, or soft fabric will provide a cushion for your hamster to rest comfortably during its journey. Be sure not to include any loose pieces that could present a choking hazard. With its carrier properly padded, your hamster can travel safely to the vet or on your next adventure together.

Carefully lower the hamster into the grave with the help of a shovel or trowel

While burying a pet hamster is an unfortunate task, it should be done with care and respect. Slowly and gently lower the hamster’s body into the grave using a shovel or small trowel, being mindful not to drop or disturb the remains. Scoop the soil over the body, tamping it down lightly with the back of the shovel to avoid leaving air pockets. Once covered, say a few words or offer a moment of silence to honor the life of your beloved pet before filling in the rest of the grave and marking the spot for remembrance.

Gently cover the grave with dirt or sand

The earth gave way softly under my hands as I scooped up a handful of dirt and let it sift through my fingers onto the grave. Particle by particle, the mound of soil rose and spread, gently covering the final resting place of my beloved pet. Though tears stung my eyes, a sense of peace settled over me, knowing that this simple but sacred act of covering the grave with dirt was a final gesture of care, securing a quiet and undisturbed slumber until we meet again at the end of my days.

Place several stones over the top to deter animals from disturbing the grave

To deter animals from disturbing a grave, placing heavy stones over the site is an effective deterrent. Stacking flat, large rocks over the burial spot makes the ground more difficult to dig and the weight discouraging for most animals to move. The stones also protect the site from erosion and the elements, helping preserve the grave for longer. This simple but time-honored technique of using stones as a barrier and protection has been employed throughout history and across cultures as a way to respect and safeguard the final resting places of the deceased.

Conclusion

Burying a beloved pet hamster is one of the hardest things to do but it can also be a time for closure. After making the decision about where to bury your hamster, gathering the necessary supplies, and wrapping them in soft tissue, have someone help lower them into the grave. After covering the grave with dirt or sand, place several stones over the top, being mindful of the emotions that may come up during this process and giving yourself time to grieve. It’s important to remember that burial is an act of love and respect, honoring your pet while offering you a chance to say goodbye. Through this experience, we can reflect on our bond with our little friends – thankful for their companionship through life’s ups and downs.

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