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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.
RV living with cats requires some planning, and one thing to figure out is where to put the litter box. With some ingenuity, you can hide a litter box in just about any empty space in an RV. Here are a few RV litter box storage ideas that will hopefully inspire you to find a good place to put your cat’s litter box in your camper!
1. In an empty space behind a panel
Many RVs have panels with nothing behind them but empty space.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to remove a panel in your camper and discover a space big enough for a litter box, like the space under this RV refrigerator.
Just be sure there are no wires or electrical components that could be damaged or hurt your cat.
2. Inside a closet or bathroom
A cat hole like this one, which can be stained or painted, can allow a cat to access a litter box behind a closed door.
- HIDE THE LITTER BOX: Are you tired of seeing, smelling, or tripping over kitty’s litter box? These cat doors hide the litter box behind a closed interior door and isolate the litter box from guests, toddlers & dogs.
4. Under the RV
If you can find a place to cut a hole for access, the advantage of storing a litter box under an RV is that the litter box can be cleaned from outside. A cat door with weather stripping can help minimize drafts.
This RVer cut a hole into one of his storage bays.
He can still use the space for storage and can keep the litter box outside of his living area.
The owners of the RV pictured below chose not to have a built-in vacuum system in order to free up the ideal space for their cat’s litter box.
Not many RVs come with built-in vacuums anymore, but if you have one, this can be a great way to use the space.
My Version of This Project
Personally, I find the idea of putting the litter box under the RV to be the most appealing.
Attempting to adapt these ideas for our RV, we used a cardboard concrete form as a tunnel to bypass some electrical wiring leading through the stairs into our storage bay. It’s not pretty on the litter box side, but it works!
At first we were worried that our 14-pound cat might not fit through metal frame of the stairs, which is only 6 inches high, but it’s amazing how quickly and easily he can flatten himself and dart into his tunnel when he wants to!
Smell hasn’t been a problem as long as we clean the litter box regularly.
5. Under the sink
A cat flap could be installed on the side of a cabinet, like in the picture below, or through a door on the front.
Another option involves temporary cabinet door removal instead of a cutting a permanent hole. You could even remove both doors and cover the space under the sink with a curtain instead.
6. Under the bed
The owner of this RV uses a plastic storage bin with a hole cut in the side as a tall-sided litter box to help minimize the mess and allow side entry in a low-clearance under-the-bed hiding spot.
7. In a Piece of Furniture
One clever RV owner cut a hole in the side of a storage ottoman to provide access to a litter box inside. They added a flap of matching fabric to cover the hole.
An end table can also be modified to conceal a litter box.
Alternatively, ready-made litter box enclosures are available to match any style of decor.
Here’s a photo of a living area in an RV featuring the litter box cabinet above:
8. Another Litter Box Option
We sold our fifth wheel and bought a motorhome and again faced the issue of needing to make room for a litter box.
Instead of going through the trouble of modifying the RV to make space for the litter box, we purchased a covered litter box that we just set in a spot that’s fairly out of the way.
- Large hooded litter box for cats that prefer an enclosed space instead of an open-pan-style litter box
We also use litter pan liners that are easy to just remove and toss into a dumpster when it’s time to change the litter.
It’s not as pretty, but at least it encloses the smell and prevents our cat from kicking all of the litter out onto the floor! 🙂
Have a dog too? Check out my article about how people have installed built-in kennels in their RVs.
And for even more tips for RVing with pets, take a look at my RVing with Pets Resource Page!