Cats make great travel companions because, compared to a dog, they are quite low maintenance. But, one of the hardest aspects of traveling with a cat is dealing with the litter box. I love the litter system I use which I discovered just before hitting the road in 2017. Once you’ve found a system you like, the real challenge comes in finding a place for the litter box. No doubt, it’s a challenge for every RVer, no matter how big the rig. But it’s especially difficult for those with small spaces because there are so many fewer options.

I want to share ideas I’ve heard from other RVers as well as what’s worked for me when it comes to where to put the litter box in an RV.

Placement Options

The two most common places RVers put litter boxes are in the footwell and in the shower.

Obviously, the footwell is not an option in a trailer since there is no footwell. But its’ a great option for those who travel in a van, a Class A or a Class C. For a solo traveler, if you put it in the passenger’s footwell, it never needs moved. For multiple travelers, on travel days it’ll need moved for the passenger’s comfort but, once at your new location, it goes right back to the footwell.

If your footwell area is tight, even with the seat moved back, you may find it necessary to use a top-entry litter box if you want the box covered. If you leave your box uncovered, access isn’t an issue.

Even if you have to move it for traveling, it is a pretty great option. Out of sight, out of mind.

Other RVers use the shower. It’s also convenient and out of the way. Obviously, it needs moved more often, each time you shower. But even at once a day, that isn’t too bad or inconvenient.

The shower doesn’t work for me. And, I’m guessing, it wouldn’t work for anyone with a wet bath. And it’s not because of the wet bath per se. Rather, because wet baths, by their nature, are really small. My cat’s litter box fits in the bath pan of my wet bath but takes up most of the available space. That means then not only do I have to move it for showers, I have to move it every time I used the restroom because it blocks access to both the toilet and the sink.

That said, I did test this location once. My sister was visiting and she put it in the bathroom, proud of all the room she created on the floor. But a few hours later, the cat was making all sorts of noise expressing her unhappiness.

I look over and realize Kitty couldn’t find her litter box. Why? Not because we moved it but because the bathroom door was closed.

Tip: If you use the bathroom for the litter box, leave the door open.

Another Option

In smaller trailers, many RVers convert their dining area into a full-ish size bed (full-ish because there is a huge variety in the bed sizes). To do the conversion, you remove the pole supporting the table and, in most cases placing the table across the seating area. Then the cushions that were used to support the back of the dinette seating are placed on the lowered dining table and, viola, you have a bed.

When you don’t have a separate bedroom space, most RVers leave the dinette as a bed because the task of converting back and forth between bed and dining table gets tiresome and tedious to do daily.

However, one of the things that happens when you convert a dinette to a bed is you simultaneously create space under the bed. For those who leave the dinette as a bed, I have seen RVers use that under-the-bed space for their cat’s litter box. It’s convenient for the cat and still easy for the RVer to slide in and out to clean the box. And, like the other two options, it is out of sight and out of the way. Plus, there’s usually enough room for extra supplies like the cat’s food, extra litter or whatever.

Where is Kitty’s Litter Box in Quill?

White and green cat litter box under an RV dining table.
First try. You can see about one-third of the litter box is under the dining table, leaving the other two-thirds in the aisle.

Well, it’s a moving target really. There is no place in my small trailer where a cat box can be out of sight.

Before I moved into Quill, my idea was that it would fit under the dining table. In my trailer I do have a separate bed space so don’t need to convert my dining table to a bed. I expected the litter box to fit between the support pole of the table and the trailer wall putting it entirely under the table. It seemed an excellent location because it was out of the way while easily giving Kitty easy access. Yes, it would severely restrict leg room under the dining room table but I didn’t expect to spend much time siting there so I didn’t mind.

The problem was that it didn’t work. The litter box was a couple inches too wide. If I wasn’t hooked on my litter box system, I easily could’ve purchased a smaller litter pan and, most likely, it would’ve fit. But since I wasn’t going to do that, I ended up putting it under the table but on the other side of the pole which meant most of it stuck out into the aisle.

Entry to an RV with a litter box and a pair of sneakers.
Second try. Quill’s entry. Once the litter box is there, the area left is just wide enough for a pair of shoes. As a result, I made use of the support handle inside and outside the trailer to get in and out.

After tripping over it for the zillionth time in my first six months on the road, I decided to try something new. The entryway. Now you might think, doesn’t that severely restrict the ease of getting in and out of the trailer. And the answer is yes. Yes, it absolutely does.

But my rationale was that I only go in and out of the trailer a few times a day which was significantly less than how often I walked the aisle of my trailer.

And, except for the few hours during my sister’s failed experiment the entryway is where the litter box lived for the next year.

The Litter Box Location Today

After I lost Solstice, I decided to try something new. I have two twin beds in my trailer and without a large dog taking up most of the space on one, I thought I’d convert the space to be all about Kitty.

In my mind, I’d divide it in thirds. One-third for her bed, one-third for her food and water dishes and the last third for the litter box. I know it probably sounds gross to have a litter box on the bed but I put down a sheet and then a piece of plexiglass to stabilize the litter box.

Cat litter box on a bed with big Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal next to it.
The best solution yet. The litter box is next to the night stand. The stuffed duck is the only one of Solstice’s toys I kept and that’s why the poor thing has no eyes and looks a little ragged.

In the end, I decided against putting the food and water bowls on the bed. Fear of the water spilling and ruining the cushions.

The result?

So far, so good. It’s been two years now. And this is the best of the places I’ve tried in my little trailer.

I worried about the smell because the box moved so much closer to me. But the litter box system I use rarely smells. I just had to get past the idea of it being so close to me and where I sleep on the other twin bed.  

Kitty slept in her bed in the middle of that bed where Solstice used to sleep for the first week after Solstice was gone. However, once I moved the litter box to the bed, she moved back to being on my bed all the time. I’m not sure if this is because of the litter box or just a coincidence. But I’m inclined to think the litter box had nothing to do with. She’d always spent most of her time on my bed before, so why would it be different now?  

To sum up, having pets on the road is wonderful. However, accommodating them and their needs can be a bit of a challenge. I hope these litter box ideas helped. If you have a litter box location, please share in the comments.

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