By Consuelo Heath
Cats can be comforting and entertaining companions and so it’s not surprising that many RVers bring theirs along on their camping adventures. While the RVers enjoy the simple pleasure of having their kitties along with them, there are some challenges, such as where to put the litter box.
It is best to place it where you can easily clean it once or twice a day, where it won’t be in the way, and where it’s as “low profile” as possible. Nobody wants a litter box to dominate the interior of the RV, in scent or in sight! For a cat’s convenience, be sure it can get to the litter box easily or it may elect another location to do its business. Finally, if you are also traveling with dogs, the litter box should be placed somewhere where it is not accessible to the canines. Here are some suggestions:
• In the bathroom, keep the door partially closed so cats can get in but not dogs.
• In the shower stall, keep the door partially closed so cats can get in but not dogs.
• In an unused floor-level cabinet or large drawer, install a small pet door if you have dogs and don’t want them to get in.
• Hide a litter box enclosure in plain sight, but where dogs may not access it.
• In a basement compartment, with a small pet door installed on the floor above. Be sure that cats cannot wander between the other basement compartments or find a way to get outside.
There are many sizes and shapes of litter boxes available. One style of litter box that is much less messy than most, and keeps the dog out, is the top entry type shown here.
The downside of this style is that there must be adequate space above the litter box for the cat to jump up and then go in, and these boxes tend to be on the big side. Another type of litter box that reduces the litter “trail” left by departing cats is the style with the inward sloping sides.
The litter itself should be the clumping type, and as dust-free as possible. I use a brand called The World’s Best Cat Litter, which clumps well, produces almost no dust, and is made of corn byproduct so it is ecologically friendly.
You can keep odor to a minimum by cleaning out the litter box at least once a day. At the risk of stating the obvious, never dispose of litter in your RV toilet! Instead, scoop the “products” into a plastic grocery bag, tie a knot in the bag and dispose of in a dumpster or campground trash can.
Your comments are welcome. Where do you keep your litter box?