7 Ideas for Where to Store a Litter Box in an RV

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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.)

Litter box space under RV fridge
Photo by Megan Moore

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.

3. Under an RV dining booth bench

RV owner Ted, creator of the public campground database ultimatecampgrounds.com, installed a cat door to allow access to the storage space under the dining booth bench seating.

Cat door in side of dining booth
by Ted via wxtoad.com

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.

Hole cut in RV stairs for access to litter box
by Dale via rvecafe.com
Litter box storage under an RV
by Dale via rvecafe.com
Litter box in storage area under RV
by Dale via rvecafe.com

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.

Cat door in side of bathroom cabinet for access to litter box
by Eliesa via apinterestaddict.com

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.

Door removed under sink - litter box storage idea for RVs
by Allison Murray via dreamalittlebigger.com

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.

litter box storage idea for RVs, campers, or motorhomes
by Becky via interstellarorchard.com

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.

Hole in storage ottoman
Photo credit: I can't remember who submitted this photo! If it's yours please comment to let me know.

A wicker storage trunk becomes an attractive disguise with handy storage for cleaning supplies with this DIY project.

An end table can also be modified to conceal a litter box.

litter box storage idea for RVs, campers, motorhomes, or small apartments
by Laura via lauramakes.com

Alternatively, ready-made litter box enclosures are available to match any style of decor.

Litter box cabinet with hole for access – See it here

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.

Hooded litter box
Covered litter box from Amazon

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!

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  1. Thanks for the post. I hope you’ll add in the future to address the needs of big fluffy cats (mine are nearly 18lbs each) that normally have an entire room for their litter needs, lol. I’m also curious about litter box placement in small motorhomes. If I get out there, I’ll share solutions for my trio of felines!

    1. Good points! Perhaps some of these ideas could be adapted for larger cats? For example, a dog door could be used instead of cat door. If you have a dining booth with storage space under the benches, perhaps both benches could be used – one for each cat. Would love to see photos of any solutions you come up with!

    2. I haven’t found a place to hide my litter box yet. My cats are big, tall, not fat. They’re much too big for a normal litter box, because when they stand in the box, their backside is not over the litter, so I made a plastic bin into a litter box. Then when I brought it into the RV (small 24′ class C), I put it in the shower and leave the bathroom door open (access) with the vent fan running 24×7 (smell). I have to remove it when I take a shower, then I have to dry the shower pan before it’s ready for them to use again (annoying). I also use a towel and mat under the box to make sure they don’t get in the box with wet feet.

      I am going to try one of the ideas in this article. I was trying to figure out how to gain access to the storage under my 2nd dinette seat, so I’m going to try to set up that area for their litter box.

      1. The Breeze Cat Litter system is a God send. The pellets don’t stick to their feet and the urine passes thru and into a pad that you change each week. The pans stink alot less than traditional litter. Of course I have Otter… who is 8 months old and already 13 pounds of solid muscle…. he poops like a horse so this system is awesome to have. And Opie is my 10 pound cat who, before Otter, I thought was a large cat! The pellet system cuts down on wasted litter also.
        We are in the process of building a home in a school bus so all of these ideas are great! Thanks!

        1. Thanks for the tip about the Breeze Cat Litter System! I have heard others mention it before. Do you have to scoop it daily to remove the poops, or do you just remove them when you change the urine pad?

    1. I choose to scoop often but there’s no odor even if you don’t scoop everyday. I find it has less odor all around than conventional cat litter boxes and a lot less mess! If you don’t change the pad once a week, however, the urine smell can be a bit much.

  2. Another way to help prevent odors is to use a steel litter pan. There are some available on Amazon, or you could buy a steel restaurant pan. I have a steel pan I found in Pet Smart years ago. It’s very easy to wash out with hot soap and water and does not hold odors as plastic does. Plus it’s deep enough for big cats, it doesn’t rust, is harmless to your cat(s) and just doesn’t wear out. I’ve had mine for about six years and it’s in great shape. I also use Pretty Litter which is fabulous. You MUST stir it well once a day, every day, scoop out the “debris”, and there is no smell. If you don’t stir it, it will eventually begin to smell, so forewarned is forearmed. My cats have no problem with either the tray or Pretty litter. The only catch is how to have it shipped to you while you’re on the road, as I don’t think it’s currently offered in pet stores. I’m not a traveler so it’s not a deal breaker for me. But most of you already have a litter you like anyway, so its moot.

    1. Thanks for the tip! A metal pan does sound like a great idea, not only for the reasons you mentioned but also to get away from using plastic. By the way I have seen Pretty Litter for sale at Target!

  3. I’ve been looking for ideas on how to get my litter box outside with a walk way. My biggest issue is attached it to my travel trailer without putting holes in my outside panel. There are not many ideas on how to do this. Only of course the great ideas do inside.

    1. Hi Paula, is there some way go through a storage area under your RV? Many RV’s have a thin panel somewhere separating the main cabin from the storage area and that’s where lots of RV owners install a cat door. Then maybe you could run some kind of walkway outside through the storage area? Not sure what kind of RV you have or whether that would work for you, but it’s just a thought! Or what about making something to go out a window when it’s open? At one point we had a ramp going out one of our windows for our cat, which you can see in this article.

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