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How to Remove Candle Wax from Cat Fur (Quick & Easy)

It’s a known fact that cats are experts at getting into all sorts of trouble. Some experiences are funny and cute, while others can be quite challenging to manage.

But what’s even worse is when your cat does something dangerous – like when they play with lit candles. Aside from burn concerns, you might have a wax problem. When this happens, you’ll wish you knew how to get rid of wax from cat fur.

If you’ve experienced getting wax into your own hair, you’ll understand how difficult it is to clean. Take that, and add your frightened cat – not fun at all.

Fortunately, in most cases, you don’t have to panic when removing wax from your cat’s hair. If the candle wax is nowhere near your cat’s face and its skin is not burned, it is easy to fix. Just use these tips to remove candle wax from your cat’s fur.


First Things First

Before you start removing candle wax from your cat’s fur, there are things you need to check.

  1. First, access the damage to your cat’s coat. A tiny bit of candle wax on your cat’s hair is much simpler to remove. However, candle wax poured around your cat’s body and face is a much more serious case. You have to properly estimate how big the damage is so you can prepare yourself for the fix.
  2. Find out what type of wax has gotten into your cat’s fur. It’s helpful to know if it’s paraffin, beeswax, or standard scented candle wax. Burning beeswax can be extremely hot, while others are much cooler, making them less threatening for your feline.
  3. Consider your cat’s temperament and patience. Not all solutions for removing candle wax are suitable for frightened cats. Take note that the situation might have already caused stress for your furry friend.
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What You’ll Need

  • Pet clippers. Candle wax is very stubborn and will cling to your cat’s fur even if you try to wash it off. If this is the case, you’ll need to trim your cat’s hair. While you might believe this is a job for pet groomers, it can easily be done at home. You can use a pair of hair clippers designed for human hair; however, if you want to use a clipper that is specially made for cats, the Andis Detachable Blade Pet Clipper is a solid option.
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  • Check underneath your cat’s fur to see if it has been burnt. If it is, consider going to the veterinarian for an emergency visit instead. You might be damaging their skin even more if you try to trim it yourself. It will also be extremely painful for your cat, as the burns will sting if touched. If the damage only reached the fur but not the skin underneath, then you can easily trim the fur with no problem.
  • You will need to hold your cat firmly so it doesn’t try to escape as you trim its waxed fur. Make sure you are prepared for this as it can be a little uncomfortable not only for you but also for your loved one. If you need assistance, have a friend or a family member that your cat is comfortable with help you hold them as you prepare to trim its hair.
  • Since your cat will probably be in panic mode because of the whole candle wax situation, you need to wait until your cat calms down.
  • Take a few deep breaths so you are not anxious. Your cat will sense if you are scared, and it will trigger its fear as well. So, be as calm as possible.
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Once you have all the tools on standby and you’ve completed preparations, you are ready to start removing the candle wax.


  1. Hold your cat down firmly but gently, making sure that you are not hurting them.
  2. Turn the trimmer on and cut over the part covered in candle wax.
  3. If your cat has thick, long fur, you might need a few runs over the affected area.
  4. Make sure that you cut the hair as short as possible to remove all of the hardened candle wax.
  5. If your cat is getting scared and tries to run away, gently pet its back. Singing a slow, soothing song has known to have calming effects.


Your cat will look a little weird after trimming off its fur. The cut is going to be uneven and your cat will look silly. You can always go to the groomer later, though, to style your cat’s hair to make it look more flattering.

Next, focus on preventing this situation from happening again. Find a safer place for your candles. Look for a place where your cat won’t reach it easily or somewhere your candles won’t fall off onto your cat or yourself.

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It’s never a good day when your cat hurts themselves. It can be very scary and nerve-wracking especially if you’ve never been in the situation before.

Although it’s not a common occurrence, your cat being covered in candle wax can happen. Hopefully, the tips above can help you safely mitigate the incident.

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