Catnip bubbles have been known to arouse some fur babies' energy and playful mood. Who doesn't want this sort of fun with their kitty? If you're wondering how to make your own catnip bubbles, you're in the right place. For your convenience, we've done the research to show you how to make catnip bubbles at home.
To make homemade catnip bubbles, you'll need water, castile soap, catnip, and corn syrup (if desired). You can opt for dried catnip or fresh catnip herb to use with these basic steps:
- Boil 2 cups of water.
- Add 1 tablespoon of catnip into the pot.
- Let the catnip steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the catnip leaves.
- Add 1 cup of castile soap.
- Add 1/4 cup of corn syrup (optional).
- Transfer the solution into a jar or plastic bottle.
Though there are catnip bubbles available in the market, a DIY version is your best option if you're particular with the ingredients. Continue reading to learn more about cats and bubbles, especially how to make a bubble solution that's not only fun but appropriate and safe for your feline pets.
How To Make Catnip Bubbles With Dried or Fresh Catnip
Once you're ready with the ingredients (water, castile soap, catnip, and corn syrup), you can now proceed with these detailed steps:
1. Boil 2 Cups Of Water
This first step is just like making tea. Use a saucepan or teapot for boiling. Put 2 cups of water into your pot and place it on high heat. Once the water boils, remove the pot from the heat.
While most recipes you will find online use pre-boiled water, the Edible Catnip Bubbles recipe in the cute video below adds the dried catnip right away once the water starts boiling.
2. Add 1 Tablespoon Of Catnip Into The Pot
It's either you use 1 tbsp of dried catnip or at least 8 catnip leaves with stems (depending on your preference or on what your cat likes).
Add the catnip into the pot of water. Stir gently.
Go for the cooler pre-boiled water instead of the boiling water if you want that stronger and sweet aroma of catnip tea in your catnip bubbles.
3. Let The Catnip Steep For 15 Minutes
As you steep the catnip leaves, the water will change in smell and color. Make sure to remove the leaves after 15 minutes. Letting the catnip sit for more than 15 minutes can make it too potent.
Steeping for up to 15 minutes should be sufficient. It will smell a bit like lemon candy.
4. Remove The Catnip Pieces
After 15 minutes, get your plastic or stainless bowl and a strainer. Carefully strain the catnip tea into the bowl.
5. Add 1 Cup Of Castile Soap
Add 1 cup of castile soap and stir thoroughly until well-mixed. Make sure that the soap you will use is safe for pets. Traditional soaps contain toxic chemicals that are unsafe for felines. For a pet-safe product, fur parents recommend Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Liquid Soap.
6. Add 1/4 Cup Of Corn Syrup
Pour in 1/4 cup of corn syrup and mix until fully incorporated. This ingredient is optional, but if you want bubbles that do not pop immediately, you shouldn't miss this step.
7. Transfer The Solution Into A Jar Or Plastic Bottle
After you achieve a perfectly mixed bubble solution, pour it into a jar or two or plastic bottles of your choice. Now, you might want to buy a bubble wand or improvise one using a soft wire. And presto! You can start blowing bubbles for your furry pets to catch!
Do Cats Love Bubbles?
Most cats love bubbles. Their initial reaction is to ponder and explore what these strange floating objects are. Since cats are naturally curious creatures, you'll see how they play out of curiosity and excitement, trying to catch the bubbles before they pop.
While most felines are fascinated by these orbs that float in the air, some may be completely unbothered. Watch these responses in the video below:
Aside from cats enjoying and ignoring the presence of bubbles, some could also be curious and cautious at the same time. Watch this next video that highlights these scaredy-cats!
Aren't they cute and adorable? Being precious in their own ways, the video goes to show that there is no specific list of “normal” feline behavior. Each fur baby is different and may respond differently no matter what similarities they have with other cats.
Are Normal Bubbles Safe For Cats?
Normal bubbles may contain non-ionic or cationic detergents. Cats might bite the bubbles and get the residue in their mouths or end up swallowing it. Pets that ingest bubble solution could experience upset stomachs or vomiting.
Even kid-friendly bubbles may not be 100 percent safe for cats. There may be something in the soap or in the fragrance that can be an irritant. Homemade bubbles should be safer when you use natural and pet-safe ingredients, but they can also cause an upset stomach if ingested in large amounts.
How To Make Non-Toxic Bubbles
For your homemade non-toxic bubbles, prep the ingredients and follow the directions below.
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup natural dish soap (Seventh Generation Brand)
- 1 tsp glycerin (Organic Vegetable Glycerin)
- 5–10 drops of natural food coloring and 5 drops of lavender or lemon essential oil (optional)
- Combine the soap and glycerin in a glass jar or plastic container. Add essential oil and food coloring if you want fragrant and colored bubbles.
- Stir the mixture to blend the ingredients.
- Add water and gently stir until well-mixed. Make sure, though, to avoid sudsing too much, or the bubbles won't be as strong.
- Get your bubble wand and have some bubbly fun!
For non-toxic bubbles, the dish soap's content will spell out the difference. Natural and non-toxic dish soap should be biodegradable and hypo-allergenic, without a trace of dyes, fragrances, petroleum-based cleaners, and phosphates.
Why use glycerin? It actually adds moisture, thus creating stronger, longer-lasting bubbles. It's best to use a pure and natural vegetable glycerin derived from organic coconut oil.
How Do I Use Catnip Essential Oil On My Cat?
Catnip essential oil can be diluted to make catnip spray that works great for spraying on toys, scratching posts, and cat towers. It's also safe to spray on cat beds for your fur babies to enjoy their resting spot.
How about turning catnip spray into catnip bubbles? Find out in another post how to make your own catnip spray, catnip bubbles, and more about catnip essential oil and your cats.
If you have yet to see how your feline pets will react to playtime with bubbles, you might as well try making homemade ones with catnip. In 20 minutes, you can make catnip bubbles in seven easy steps using water, castile soap, fresh or dried catnip, and corn syrup (optional).
Not all cats love catnip in its dried or fresh form, but catnip bubbles may better stimulate them.
Before you go, discover more about catnip and its effects on your fur babies by checking out these posts: