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RV living with cats requires some planning, and one thing to figure out is where to put the litter box so that it's out of the way. 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 RV's 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 to allow a cat to access a litter box behind a closed door.
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.
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.
My Version of This Project
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 Furnture
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:
Another Litter Box Option
It's been several years now since I originally wrote this article, and we have since purchased a motorhome to use only for travel instead of for full time living. Instead of modifying the RV to make space for the litter box, we ended up deciding to purchase a covered litter box that we just set in a spot that's fairly out of the way.
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.
This has turned out to be another good option for us. It's not so pretty, but at least it encloses the smell and prevents our cat from kicking all of the litter out onto the floor! 🙂
For more ideas for RVing with cats, head over to my article Helping Kitty Adjust to RV Life!
Dog owners, check out my article about how people have installed built-in kennels in their RV's.
And for even more tips for RVing with pets, take a look at my RVing with Pets Resource Page!