How to Immortalize Your Cat or Dog

Would you like a way to immortalize your cat or dog that doesn’t involve the creepy craft of taxidermy? How about an imprint of your pet’s paw? Moms handprint their children, so why shouldn’t pet mamas do it with their beloved babes too?

This easy recipe should take about 15-20 minutes (that is IF your pet will agree to participating!). So, grab your cat or dog when he or she is in a mellow mood and a few basic items from your kitchen cupboards to get started:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • A mixing bowl
  • Food coloring (optional)

Pre-heat oven at 200 degrees. Combine 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt. Slowly mix in 2 tablespoons of oil and 3/4 cup of water. Knead mixture until it becomes soft, non-sticky dough that is able to hold its shape. At this point you can add a couple drops of food coloring if you would like colored dough.

Roll out the dough until 1/2 inch thick.

Use round object like an empty can or freehand with a blunt knife to cut out shapes. If you want to be able to hang the paw print later, punch a hole in the dough with a firm straw.

Press your pet’s paw gently into the dough, but firmly enough to make an impression.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes to 1 hour at 200 degrees.

TIP: If you have kids and pets you can do a “family” print together.

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Monique D.
Monique D.2 years ago

thanks for the instructions

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Silvia Steinhilber

I have pictures and my memories.

David V.
David V.2 years ago

Taxidery is just sick! The paw print is a great idea, building a small shrine consisting of their lease, picture, favorite toy is also an alternative.
Their memories will never be forgotten or replaced.

Au G.
Past Member 2 years ago

They gave me a paw print when my guinea pig died, and I love looking at it!

Manuela C.
Manuela C.2 years ago

Nice, thanks.

Geoff P.
Past Member 2 years ago

Taxidermy would be more fun

Lisa Zilli
Lisa Zilli2 years ago

Great idea!

Rita M.
Ana M.2 years ago

Very creative idea!

Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald2 years ago

I think I'd rather take pictures and make memories. I've been owned by quite a few cats in my life, and I remember each one fondly, even without a paw print.

Still, to each their own. If it makes someone else happy, why not?