Are Wax Melts Safe for Pets? A Comprehensive Guide for Cat and Dog Owners

When it comes to adding a delightful fragrance to your home, wax melts are a popular choice. However, if you have furry friends at home, you might wonder about the safety of these products around your pets. Let’s dive into what you need to know to keep your pets safe while enjoying your favorite scents.

Understanding the Risks

Toxic Ingredients: Not all wax melts are created equal. Some contain high amounts of harmful chemicals like paraffin, a by-product of petroleum, which includes toxins such as benzene. These substances can be detrimental to your pet’s central nervous system and respiratory system. Always check the ingredients and opt for wax melts with high percentages of natural alternatives like soy wax or coconut wax blends, which are much safer.

Our founder crafted this company while raising dogs, a cat and birds. Our fragrance oils are crafted to taste slightly bitter, to deter curious nibbles! Your companions are in mind with almost everything we make at Bewilderment.

Essential Oils: While essential oils might seem like a safer alternative, some can be toxic to pets. Oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, and certain citrus oils should be avoided as they can cause respiratory distress and other health issues. Stick to pet-safe essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and cedar, but always monitor your pet for any adverse reactions. Our products are formulated with pet-safe fragrances, providing peace of mind for pet owners. 

Practical Tips for Pet Safety

Use Electric Warmers: Opt for electric wax warmers instead of those with a flame. This reduces the risk of burns and eliminates the production of soot, which can be harmful when inhaled by pets.

Use Warmers with a Top: Wax warmers that hang directly from the walls outlet, or high on a tabletop are a great way to keep nosey pets safe. But, a wax warmer with a metal topper with holes is the best bet for safety! These are found nearly everywhere wax warmers are sold. 

Placement Matters: Keep wax warmers out of reach of your pets. Cats, in particular, can access high places, so choose a location that’s not easily reachable. This helps prevent accidental spills and ingestion.

Ventilation is Key: Use wax melts in well-ventilated areas to disperse the fragrance and minimize the concentration of any potentially irritating substances. Not only is this the best way to help your fragrance reach far and wide, but keeping a solid state of airflow in your home is healthy! Pro Tip: Air Purifiers do not remove fragrance from a room, feel free to keep yours running! 

What to Do in Case of Ingestion

Accidents happen. If your pet ingests wax, remove any remaining wax from their mouth and clear away any accessible wax melts. Symptoms of ingestion include vomiting, diarrhea, and unsteady movements. In such cases, seek veterinary attention promptly and provide the vet with details about the ingested product.

Include that our wax melts are a soy blend, crafted with FDA certified edible ingredients aside from the "Fragrance" ingredients which make up 12-14% of our formula. Our fragrance oils are crafted with global standards, and meet IRFA guidelines. Our fragrance oils are crafted to taste bitter, to deter ingestion. 


Bird-Specific Safety

Birds are incredibly sensitive to various fragrances and chemicals, making it crucial to choose the right wax melts when you have avian friends at home. Here’s a guide on which aromas to avoid and which are safer for birds.

Aromas to Avoid:

  • Citrus (Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit): These can be very irritating to birds and should be avoided.
  • Pine and Cedar: Known to cause respiratory issues in birds.
  • Eucalyptus and Tea Tree: These essential oils can be harmful and cause adverse reactions.

Bird-Friendly Aromas:

  • Lavender: Generally well-tolerated and has a calming effect.
  • Chamomile: Safe for birds and also helps in creating a relaxing environment.
  • Rose: A mild scent that is usually safe for birds.

When using wax melts in a home with birds, always ensure good ventilation and monitor your birds for any signs of distress or respiratory issues. As always, consult with an avian veterinarian if you have any concerns.



While wax melts can be enjoyed safely around pets, it requires careful selection of products and monitoring. Always choose natural, pet-safe wax melts and place warmers in areas inaccessible to your pets. With these precautions, you can enjoy a beautifully scented home without compromising the health and safety of your furry friends.

By following these guidelines, you can create a harmonious environment where both you and your pets can enjoy the comforting ambiance of wax melts without worry. At Bewilderment, we are dedicated to providing products that are safe for your entire family, including your beloved pets.

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