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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Do cats know fire/candles are dangerous?

I like to light scented candles, I usually put them where I can see them on my dresser or on a kitchen counter. My cats have never tried to swat them to knock them over, but.......

It still makes me nervous. Do cats know fire is dangerous? If they went up to it and felt the heat, would they back away? I'm always scared one will stick his face in it.
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We have a wood burning fireplace and when I lit it this afternoon, Coco my new foster failure (ok, I'll admit it) went RUNNING! I think she has never seen fire before or if she had, she had a bad experience with it.

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I love candles but my fosters just wouldn't leave them alone. My honey gave me
the fake candles that run on batteries and flicker like the real thing. They do have
ones you can put a scent in them too.

I love real flowers too but they wont leave those alone either. Humph...

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My girls like candles more then what is good for them. :/ It's gotten a little better, but for the most part I just don't light them anymore.
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My guys always stayed away from the hot.... but then I noticed everytime I lit a scented candle (cheap or expensive didn't matter)... MowMow got a really runny nose. No more candles


Mitts, same thing here... I'm not allowed flowers either.
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Our kitten tried to climb into the Woodstove, when it was running!!! OMG
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My boyfriend left a candle on the counter one day to combat the litterbox odors. Pepper went to invest and sniff the candle. Not sure if she realized what happened, but she's perfectly fine minus a few curly eyebrows on her face. I only noticed after it happened.
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List of things I cannot have because of Nala, the curious cat who would rather walk away with burned nose and no whiskers than to have not smelled or tasted something:

Any open flame
Houseplants, including cactus
Cut flowers
Silk flowers
Christmas wreaths or garland
Pine cones

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I burn candles every day/night, but they're all in something - or in a location - that the girls can't knock over - or get their tails in. And if these candles get knocked over, they put themselves out and the wax doesn't burn you (safe around children). Even if I go next door for a few minutes, though, I put them out. My girls are totally uninterested in them.















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pumpkin learned her lesson with a candle when she was very young and curious... thank goodness she didn't really get hurt. the others leave them alone. i light candles all the time. i just don't leave them on the floor or on their favorite climbing spots.
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