Are wax melts safe for pets?

Should we ask instead if pets are safe for wax melts?

There are two types of wax melters commonly in use: tealight (naked flame) and electric. There is a good reason all the labels say, 'Never leave the burner unattended'; anything can happen to it.

One possible scenario is where your doggy or moggie can knock the melter and cause the tealight to set fire to a curtain or something similar.

Electric melters are safer because they only have a bulb. However, that bulb will get hot because it needs to melt the wax, which could have undesirable consequences in the wrong setting.

Are wax melts safe for pets?

The simple answer is ‘Yes’; they are safe for pets and kids if used correctly.

Are wax melts specifically safe for cats?

Your average dog is quite happy to laze around at floor level, but your cat is more of a worktop kinda guy, and that means coming into contact with candle flames. Read about our top four precautions with cats and wax melts

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How have wax melts become mainstream?

Scented wax melts have become a trendy way to freshen living spaces without traditional candles. Small scented wax cubes are heated by a warmer (we prefer melter) and provide a long-lasting fragrance to any room. Pet owners ask if using wax melts in the home is safe for their furry friends.

A concern with wax melts is the risk of toxic chemicals. Many commercial wax melts are made using synthetic fragrance oils and dyes. It is essential to read the labels carefully to satisfy the risk.

Another concern is the heat generated by the wax melt warmer. Pets, curious cats and dogs may accidentally come into contact with the warmer and suffer burns.

To avoid this risk, placing the wax melt warmer in a location that is out of reach of pets is essential. It's also a good idea to use a warmer with temperature control so the wax does not get too hot and causes burns.

Many pet owners still use wax melts in their homes without any issues. Some types of wax melts may even provide health benefits for pets.

Wax melts made with natural ingredients such as essential oils can provide a soothing effect that may benefit pets with anxiety or stress.

When using wax melts around pets, there are some precautions you can take.

Read the labels carefully

Always read the labels carefully before purchasing any wax melts. Check for ingredients that can be harmful to pets (phthalates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances).

Keep wax melts out of reach

Place the wax melt warmer in a location that is out of reach of pets. This will help to prevent accidental contact and potential burns.

Use temperature control

Choose a wax melt warmer with a temperature control feature to ensure the wax does not get too hot and cause burns.

There are potential risks associated with using wax melts around pets, and there are also ways to minimise those risks and enjoy the benefits of a fresh, fragrant home.

Pet owners should read labels carefully and choose natural, non-toxic wax melts.

It's essential to keep wax melts out of pets' reach and watch for new health or behaviour issues. With these precautions, pet owners can safely enjoy the benefits of wax melts in their homes.

Some fragrances can irritate pets, especially those with sensitive respiratory systems. It is best to avoid strong, overpowering fragrances that may be overwhelming for pets. Instead, opt for milder scents that are less likely to irritate.

It's also important to note that some pets may have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients found in wax melts. Most wax melts and candles are only used for a few hours anyway. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as itching, sneezing, or coughing, it's best to discontinue the use of the wax melts and consult with a Vet.

Homemade wax melts can be made with natural ingredients and essential oils to control the scent and strength of the fragrance.

An alternative to traditional wax melts is to use diffusers that use water and essential oils instead of wax.

What about candles?

Candles also carry some risks for pets if they are not used properly.

Use stable candle holders: Choose candle holders that are stable and difficult to knock over. Avoid using candles in holders that can easily tip over or break.


We should exercise caution when considering the safety of wax melts for pets. Using wax melts may not directly threaten pets; the ingredients and fragrances used in these products can be potentially harmful.

Some scents contain essential oils that can be toxic to animals, especially cats and dogs. The heat from the wax melters can cause burns if pets come into direct contact with them.

To ensure the well-being of our furry friends, it is best to keep wax melts out of their reach and opt for pet-friendly alternatives or natural fragrance options.

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