When you live in an RV with only a few hundred square feet of space, certain issues take on new importance. For cat owners, among the biggest of these is where to put the litter box. However, there are some great spots that will work for both your family and your kitty. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite RV cat litter box ideas.
Table of contents
- RVs Don’t Come Cat-Ready
- Where to Put a Litter Box in an RV
- The Best RV Cat Litter Box Solutions Require Slight Modification
RVs Don’t Come Cat-Ready
As common as it is to bring pets on the road, RVs sadly aren’t designed for your kitty’s comfort. Unlike dogs who can go for a walk and do their business outdoors, your cat relies on an indoor litter box.
And as anyone who’s owned a cat knows, these boxes aren’t the most pleasant to have around, especially in a small space. This issue has forced RV owners to get creative.
Where to Put a Litter Box in an RV
Even though every rig may be a bit different, the same general areas tend to be the best choices for where to put your RV cat litter box. Let’s take a look.
The cockpit area of your Class B or Class C RV is crucial on travel days but can often be a bit underused while parked or camping out. That’s why many choose to put their litter box on the floorboard of the passenger seat.
This keeps your litter box discreetly off to one side of your living area. This spot also provides your cat with a bit of privacy, with the passenger seat shielding it.
The shower is also another popular choice for your RV cat litter box for obvious reasons. Cats aren’t always the most mindful of where they fling litter when burying their business and can track debris out of the box. The shower can mitigate these problems because you can wash the mess away.
The shower is also a great choice because you can close it off from the rest of your rig to keep down smells. However, you will have to move the litter box each time you want to use the shower.
Basement Storage with Hole for Access
Are you handy with tools and feeling a little creative? One of the most comprehensive kitty litter box setups involves a little DIY.
Start by cutting a hole from your RV’s living space into the basement storage area. Set up your cat’s litter box in the basement, allowing them to climb in and out as needed through the hole. Then, when it’s time to empty the box, you have easy access through the regular basement storage doors. Keep in mind this is one of the more permanent solutions. If you plan to sell your rig at any point, you’ll need to repair this.
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Under the Bathroom Sink
Another discreet space to store the litter box is right under your bathroom sink. This achieves similar results to placing it in the shower by removing the box from your main living space.
Those who are squeamish about showering where dirty kitty litter just was, or those frustrated with constantly cleaning their shower, may opt for under the sink instead. You’ll sacrifice some storage space, but it may be worth it.
Under the Bed
Does your bed have storage space underneath? You may find that placing your cat’s litter box here can be a highly efficient use of space. This helps remove the box from entertaining areas or your bathroom, letting guests avoid the litter box altogether.
However, you’ll need to be vigilant about cleaning out the litter box since any smells or messes will be right below your bed. Even the most diligent litter box cleaners may still find lingering odors. This may not be the best choice for those with expensive mattresses or bedding or those who can’t tolerate litter odors.
Cat Litter Box Cabinet
What you see as a spare empty cabinet could be the luxury bathroom of your cat’s dreams. Stick the litter box inside. Give your cat access either by removing a door or cutting a hole into the door or cabinet frame.
This out-of-sight, out-of-mind solution once again sacrifices some storage space. It may require some repairs if you resell your rig. However, it can be an efficient way to store your litter box and cut down on smells and messes.
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Under the Fifth Wheel Stairs
For those with a lofted area in their fifth wheel, the under-stair area can be an excellent space. Again, this spot gets your cat’s litter box out of sight and preserves your other RV spaces.
Plus, cats love cozy spots, and a nice nook under the stairs could become their new favorite spot.
Under the Dinette
Putting your cat’s litter box where you eat may not seem like the most obvious idea, but it can be a convenient spot. The simplest solution is to place the litter box on the open floor underneath the table. This gives your kitty a cozy, private area to use the bathroom and helps keep any mess contained. Still, you’ll need to move it every time you sit down to eat.
However, if you have the right style of dinette and want to avoid kitty litter, you can also cut a hole in the storage portion of your dinette space. Once opened up, you can place your cat’s litter box in here for a more discreet and permanent solution.
In a Closet
Closet space may come at a premium in many RVs, but cat owners will do a lot to make their furry friends comfortable. It’s a simple solution that generally requires no modifications to your rig.
Just set the litter box inside the closet, open the door, and let your cat use it as necessary. Still, you’ll lose the storage space and also deal with the potential smell and mess right in your bedroom.
The Best RV Cat Litter Box Solutions Require Slight Modification
As you can see, there’s no shortage of different possible spots for your RV cat litter box. Picking the right one for you will depend on your rig, your family’s preferences, and your cat. Overall, the best and most satisfying solutions often involve some small modifications to your rig. This is usually cutting a hole or removing furniture pieces or hardware. Options like the basement storage area, a modified cabinet, or your under-dinette storage all provide separate but easily accessed areas for your kitty.
However, the best spot for your RV cat litter box is the one your feline friend will use. If they’re happy, you’ll be happy as well. Keep these ideas in mind, and you’ll be on the road together before you know it.
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