How to Make a Cat Toy out of a Pill Bottle

For variety, make a few pill bottle toys with different items inside.
For variety, make a few pill bottle toys with different items inside. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Your local pet store has beaucoup cat toys to keep your favorite feline entertained, but you can save a buck or two by making simple toys with what you have around your house. A simple pill bottle with a lid will work. Fill it with ballast that makes the bottle make a bit of noise. Free, fast, fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty pill bottles
  • Soap and water
  • Bells, beans, cat food or rice

Remove labels from the prescription bottles you intend to use for toys. This helps differentiate which bottles are toys and which ones have your morning medication in them. In addition, loose labels may attract chewing and nibbling by your little feline and the adhesive, ink and paper can be hazardous.

Thoroughly wash and rinse the empty pill bottles to remove any medication residue. Allow the bottles to dry completely to avoid trapping moisture inside.

Fill the bottles with various small objects such as bells, beans, rice or cat food. Place the lid on the pill bottle, ensuring it snaps secure. Give the container a roll and watch your cat come running.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your cat develops an uncontrollable urge to play with his new noisemaker toys at 3 a.m., consider picking up the toys each night before you go to bed and place them in a secure location.
  • Place your prescription pill bottles filled with pills in a secure location. Now that you cat has a new toy treasure, he may confuse your medication for his new toy.
  • Most childproof pill bottle lids will remain secure on the bottle. If your cat is able to remove the lid, fill the bottles with his favorite food so he has no chance of ingesting other small objects.

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