I love burning candles but hesitate to use them with a cat in the house. There is always the risk that my curious kitty will get burned or accidentally knock one over and create a fire hazard (I caught her batting the flame with her paw once). On the few occasions that I did light candles I was always vigilant and, I thought, successful in keeping my cat away from the flames. Then I noticed a few singed whiskers -- how did that happen? -- and I stopped using candles.
Now I have found a way to have all the beauty of candle light without worrying about safety issues. Hammacher Schlemmer offers these real wax, flameless candles. They have a specially designed LED that flickers with unique, random patterns and casts shadows like real candle light. But instead of an open flame the light source comes from an integrated microchip. This set of three candles costs $60 and includes a 4", 6" and 8" candle. They do require AA batteries but this is enough power to "burn" 75 hours on bright or 180 hours on the dim setting. You can get ivory with vanilla scent or red with cinnamon -- the aromatherapy is an added plus.
Now my cat can keep her whiskers intact and I don't have to search for matches and clean up dripping wax.