Catching and popping catnip bubbles may spell out fun for curious fur babies. But as fur parents, it's normal to wonder if these bubbles are safe for your cats. What's in a bottle of catnip bubbles? We've consulted pet experts to give you reassuring answers.
Yes, catnip bubbles are safe for cats. They contain non-toxic and pet-safe ingredients specifically for felines. Even a homemade catnip bubble solution is safe to use as long as it's made with the right amount of catnip. It's also important that you supervise your cat's bubble-catching activity.
Keep reading so you'll be able to take note of precautions to keep in mind with using catnip-infused bubbles. Plus, it's worth learning what they can do to your feline pets and their canine friends. We'll also cover how to make pet-safe bubbles for you and your pet's interactive playtime. Without further ado, let's get to it!
How To Ensure Catnip Bubbles Are Safe
You can buy catnip bubbles that are safe and non-toxic. But if you want to be particular with the ingredients and catnip concentration levels, it's best to make your homemade bubble solution.
Here are the types of catnip and a few techniques on how to use them in your DIY catnip bubbles:
Most cats prefer dried catnip over fresh catnip herb. When putting dried catnip in your bubble mixture, approximately 1 tablespoon or 0.5 ounces of catnip should be enough. However, it also depends on the proportion or measurement of the ingredients.
For instance, in 2 cups of water, you can put 1 tablespoon of catnip; while in 4 cups of water, you have to add 2 tablespoons of catnip.
And always keep in mind that when you increase the measurement of water and catnip, you should also do the same with the other ingredients to make sure the bubbles are effective.
Fresh Catnip Herb
Fresh catnip is more potent than dried catnip. It has a higher concentration of nepetalactone, so it should be used in small amounts. Depending on the liquid ingredient's measurements, 4-8 catnip leaves and stems will be adequate.
Catnip Essential Oils
Beware that essential oils including catnip oils are highly concentrated and may be toxic to your feline pet. They can cause respiratory irritation and other health problems. But catnip essential oil in its diluted form is safe for cats.
You need to dilute catnip essential oil to make your homemade bubbles. Adding a few drops of this natural oil into a cup of water with the right amount of pet-safe dish detergent should be sufficient.
For more details on catnip essential oil, you might want to look into this post: Is Catnip Essential Oil Safe For Cats?
Whether you decide to add catnip essential oils, dried, or fresh catnip to your homemade catnip bubbles, the key is to be careful with its concentration level.
Although the recommended amount of catnip may vary for a bubble recipe that you'll find online, it’s safer to add small to moderate amounts of this herb. By doing so, you can make sure that the bubbles' catnip scent is not too strong for your cats.
Cat-Safe Detergents and Additives
It won't be possible to come up with real bubbly fun without using dish soap, corn syrup, and glycerin. But these ingredients must be used in small to moderate amounts. Not all dish detergents will do. Choose only those that are unscented and organic, with no toxic or synthetic ingredients.
For a complete guide on a DIY 100 percent safe bubble solution, check out this other post: How To Make Catnip Bubbles
How To Play With Catnip Bubbles
Catnip bubbles are considered safe and non-toxic to cats. Nonetheless, if ingested in large amounts, it can make your cat get an upset stomach.
Of course, it's unlikely that your cat will drink a whole bottle of the bubble solution, but it's still better to err on the side of caution. Keep an eye on how long your cat plays with the bubbles, and keep the bottle out of reach so they won't end up taking a sip.
As a precaution, you should also clean or wipe the bubble residue after playtime. Lastly, be there to observe your cat's interaction with bubbles for guaranteed safety.
What Do Catnip Bubbles Do For Cats?
Catnip can either make an energetic feline or a lethargic furball. You might figure out it's different for catnip bubbles, as it’s more of a fun playtime. Your cats might jump and chase these floating objects once they get enticed with the aroma of popped catnip bubbles.
The bubbles' scent can give them a sense of relief and ease their stress and anxiety. Thus, engaging your cat in this activity will give them an entertaining and relaxing experience. This video below is a perfect example!
On the other hand, some felines don't care much about catnip-infused bubbles. Watch this next video that shows how they just stare at the bubbles with curiosity and even try to avoid them.
Aren’t bubbles delightful to watch? Yes, they are for pet parents! But our fur babies are rather nonchalant seeing them float in the air. Such indifference that is quite different than the previous one above shows that each cat's response is unique.
There are cats who like catnip but dislike catnip bubbles and vice versa. The bottom line is that your pet's response to the bubbles will not always boil down to their inherent sensitivity to the herb.
Do Cats Like To Play With Normal Bubbles?
Now that you know what bubbles infused with catnip do for cats, you may be wondering if normal bubbles also have a positive effect on them. Well, most cats also love playing with normal bubbles. The slight difference is bubbles infused with catnip make kitties more relaxed, entertained, and intrigued.
As with catnip bubbles, cats will also have different reactions to normal bubbles. Some cats will enjoy popping and chasing them while some will be curious, cautious, or even completely indifferent towards them.
Are Catnip Bubbles Safe For Dogs?
Yes, catnip bubbles are safe for dogs. The bubble solution is crafted with pet-safe products, meaning all pets can enjoy this lovely activity.
Bubbles infused with catnip, however, will have a completely opposite effect on dogs. While catnip serves as a stimulant for most cats, it does function as a sedative for dogs.
Bubbles can also turn your dogs active and playful. But once your canine pets sniff the popping bubbles, it will produce a calming effect on them. Moreover, you should also take care of the catnip concentration levels in your bubble solution by applying the precautions mentioned above.
How Do You Make Pet Safe Bubbles?
To make pet-safe bubbles, use pet-safe and tear-free products. Specifically, normal bubbles may contain toxic chemicals due to their soap content. You should be as picky as your cat when choosing detergents that are pet-safe and organic.
The more organic your ingredients are, the safer the bubble solution is. You can also add catnip for an additional dose of fun and excitement. We have listed here the ingredients you'll need and the procedure to follow:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of catnip
- 1 cup of castile soap
- 1/4 cup of corn syrup (optional)
- Boil 2 cups of water.
- Add 1 tablespoon of catnip into the boiling water.
- Let the catnip steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the catnip leaves.
- Add 1 cup of castile soap and stir until fully incorporated.
- Add 1/4 cup of corn syrup (optional).
- Mix thouroughly and transfer the solution into a jar or plastic container.
Store-bought and homemade catnip bubbles are safe for cats. But make sure they contain balanced concentration levels of catnip and cat-safe ingredients.
So, what are you waiting for? Switch on the bubbly fun while being watchful of your fur babies' interaction with catnip bubbles!