From: San Antonio, TX
I'm flexible with the way that people wish to pay homage to their deceased pets. Some owners opt for 'group cremation', some for private cremation whereby they get the ashes back. Some bury their pets, etc. etc. There are some companies that will take the ashes and make ornaments or jewelry or incorporate ashes into an outdoor marker. I've seen cenotaphs for companion animals too (e.g., horses) that are too large for burial. I've seen freeze dried pets or taxidermy mounted animals too. So long as it's respectful (and 'respect' is in the eye of the beholder), I don't have a problem with any of it. Some of the methods can be quite beautiful and useful for the healing process.
We have clay paw imprints and hair lockets from most of our pets that have passed on as a remembrance. I think these are tasteful and nice mementos.
Turning your dead cat into a helicopter is one I've never seen before. It's pretty extreme, I'm sure all would agree (hence the international press coverage). The article sounds like the guy-by all accounts-liked his cat and cared for it well while it was alive. So, while this *is* macabre, I'm not willing to put this guy in a rubber room for being insane. It's "out there", attention getting and, yes, macabre, but different strokes for different folks and all that.
I've had any number of cats with "substrate aversion" or behavioral issues that use urine-based methods of territorial marking or have poor litterbox hygeine. Perhaps this gentleman could incorporate tomcat urine into his routine?
Although "Predator" as an airborne weapons system has already been used, perhaps this AWACS (Airborne Whizzing and Claw System) could be weaponized with a store of aged tomcat urine? Now really-who wouldn't want to see Ahmadinejad get soaked by this contraption? Hell, I'd pay good money for that.