My eldest chinchilla, Sarah, passed away last night, several days after a veterinary procedure to correct some crooked teeth. She had been recovering OK, but took a sudden turn for the worse around Thursday, and I didn't realize how serious the situation was until it was too late to get her to a clinic last night.
Because I am a student and rent my home, I am reluctant to bury her in my yard, and I am unsure of what to do with her remains. Sarah was very precious to me and I want to honor her. It's kind of gruesome, and I feel strange asking it, but would it be OK to burn her body in my fireplace, so that I could save the ashes until I figure out what to do with them? I have a small wood-burning stove in my home. It gets quite hot when I get it going, so I'm fairly confident the fire would do the job, but this week has been difficult enough for me, I don't want to risk something like a chimney fire. Do any of you have any ideas about what I should do?