8 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. 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.

Litter box space under RV fridge
Photo by Megan Moore

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.

CATHOLE Wood Cat Door Classic Model - Original Interior Cat Door, Installs Easily, Removable Grooming Brush
  • 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.

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

This RVer cut a hole into one of his storage bays.

Litter box storage under an RV
by Dale via rvecafe.com

He can still use the space for storage and can keep the litter box outside of his living area.

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.

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.

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. Hidden in the Cabinets

You likely would never notice the litter box hidden in these RV cabinets. Look closely behind the sheer curtain to find where these RVers are hiding their litter box!

rv remodel with updated furniture
via @thedailyduffys

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.

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.

Penn Plax Cat Walk Litter Cabinet – Elegant Modern Design with Double French Doors, Grey Wood Grain with White Doors (CATFF20)
  • HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: Want to avoid the ugly look of a litter box in your home? The Contemporary Cat Litter Hide-Away Cabinet features a sleek and modern design that blends seamlessly with existing home décor and provides privacy in style. There is a circular opening on the side, allowing your cat to jump in and out as they please, while keeping the front doors closed. Your cat will greatly appreciate the privacy, as well keeps other larger animals like dogs out of the litter.

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.

Amazon Basics No-Mess Hooded Cat Litter Box, Large, Multicolor, 24 in x 18 in x 17 in
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Amazon Basics No-Mess Hooded Cat Litter Box, Large, Multicolor, 24 in x 18 in x 17 in
  • 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! 🙂

RV Litter Box Solutions

How are you hiding your kitty’s litter? Share your ideas in the comments!

Have a dog too? Check out how people have built kennels in their RVs.

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  1. Our last rv was a small 19 footer. We took out the seat by the door and replaced it with a cat tree with bottom being the kitty litter spot. The cats loved it and it was easy to clean. Too bad I didn’t take pictures. The new owners simply replaced the seat.

  2. We’re lucky that our Montana 5th wheel has an outside hatch door into the bottom of our bedroom closet. We were able to easily fit 2 litter boxes into the compartment, with other items, and the cats access their boxes through a cat door on the bedroom side. This keeps the dust and odor inside the compartment, not in the bedroom.

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