Animal Decomposition

Decomposition is a natural process of a dead animal or plant tissues being rotted or broken down. Fungi bacteria and many other invertebrates are responsible for decomposition. Every animal has a different decomposition rate. 

Decomposition of rats 

It depends on many external factors and conditions, the size of a rat, temperature, and the humidity at the place where a rat dies. Normally it will take three weeks to fully decompose a rat, but if the temperature is cold, then it will take longer than three weeks. But the smell of dead rat will stay there up to two more weeks after the body has decomposed.

Decomposition of a dog

It will possibly take from 6 months to 18 years for a dog body to completely become a skeleton. However, it depends on where the dog is buried and how it is buried. For example, if the dog was buried in a coffin, it will take a longer time for it to decompose. If the dog was lightly buried and some of its body is shown, or the dirt could be scraped off the dog gently, then it will take a shorter time for the dog to decompose, mostly because many animals might come to eat it.

Decomposition of a raccoon

Decomposing of raccoon depends on many factors like temperature, weather and place. In the cold areas, bodies will get rigid, and it may take many years to decompose properly while in the hot areas, it may take a few months to decompose a raccoon properly. 

The decomposing also based on another factor that is the availability of insects. The insects may help to decompose the body just in few weeks. The rest of the bone will take time to decompose properly, and this may take many years. 

Decomposition of cats

The time that takes to decompose a cats body is based on the situation and location, their access to other predators and insects. So depending on these factors, the cat body can decompose in a few weeks to several years. The first stage is called a fresh stage that did not affect the cat's body in the second stage, which is called the blat stage. In the bloat stage, the body starts to change and starts looking different as compare to a fresh body. On the third stage that is also called active decay, the body of the cat starts to shrink the body. In simple words, the cat body starts to decompose in actual manners. On the last stage that is also called the dry decay stage, in this stage, you can observe the decomposition easily. At the end stage of decomposition, only bone is left with little bit skin on them.


Although the decomposing of all animals is the same as we mentioned above, it depends on the situation and location like they are either in hot or cold areas. Sometimes it just takes a few weeks to decompose an animal body, and sometimes it takes many years to decompose a body. It can happen at those places that are extremely cold. Anyhow, decomposing is the part of nature; sooner or later, it will happen. 

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