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Many of you who either camp or full-time have brought your fur babies along for a trip or to live. As you have probably read in recent posts I have 2 small dogs and 3 cats! If your interested in meeting them check out this post. In my FB group, RV Interior Ideas, one of the most asked questions when it comes to kitties is where to store the litter box. Well today I have come to give you some fabulous ideas along with some other interesting tips and products you can use to make your kitty cat content in their smaller surroundings. I have written about my animals and how they live in our 5th wheel but I thought covering cats in particular in a separate post would be a good idea.
In my rig I have a spare bathroom. We changed our minds after using it awhile that it wasn’t as feasible to keep up with two black tanks, a third grey tank and the fact the tub always leaked around the drain in the tub underneath no matter what we used. So after a short while away from the rig I decided we could turn that space into a kitty closet and storage. So that’s what I did. I removed the toilet, removed the sink, and put a board over the tub so I could still access the space and use it for tool storage.
I removed the little platform I had built when I just had one cat, from the living area and installed it here so they have an extra step to get in and out of the box. I don’t have it shown but I also cut up that litter mat you see and covered the stair and the space right in front of the litter box and it catches most of the litter. I also took this photo before I had removed the sink.
(see transformation photos at the end of the post)
I know not everyone is setup in such a large rig nor do they have space in their bathrooms for a litter box. Although I hear a lot of people just put it in the shower and take it out when the need to use it. But with three cats and the sizes litter box I have that’s totally not an option.
So my fellow RV bloggers who also live in their class a rig have a cat. They came up with a little spot for their litter box. They came up with plans and everything and did a fabulous job! You can check out their post about building it per their plans on their website TravelingKids.
Another popular option is to hide the box in the basement. I have read several articles on Pinterest with instructions on how to achieve this. You can visit DoItYourself.com or happilyevermather.com for instructions and stories.
Another full-time RV family is Gone with the Wynns. They have an entire blog post about living in their class a with their two kitties! You can check out their blog post here.
As far as my advice goes I have some interesting ideas and thoughts I want to share with you I have gathered over time.
The first idea is giving the cats a way to be outside safely. I learned about these things called Catios, which are basically patios for your cat. Cute name huh? I searched Pinterest and came across some interesting ideas. The one I like the best is the PVC models. I couldn’t find instructions but there seemed to be plenty of sites out there that offered to build and sell them. Although they are a bit on the expensive side. I think the PVC idea would be easy to make work and you wouldn’t have to be an engineer to build it.
Ok moving on…Scratchers!!!
Next I want to show you some ideas on what you can get for scratchers. We all know cats love to scratch! Although there is no fool proof method (aside from declawing which I don’t believe in) or the little nail cover thingies, to keeping the kitties claws from scratching things they shouldn’t. For example before I got my new couch cover and matching Ottoman slip cover I tried several methods to try and change my Siamese’s habit of scratching the corner of the ottoman. I got the really sticky double stick tape. I tried foil as well and of course all while I was there to observe so they wound get hurt. But Arya didn’t mind either. In fact she tried to eat the foil and had fun with touching and playing with the crackling sound of the double sided tape! Ugh. So I went ahead and got the Ottoman cover against my better judgement. She stayed away for awhile but then decided she wanted her post back. And ta-da! This is what I have to look at now!
So after telling you this I was going to give you some helpful ideas. One option I have which my other two cats do use is a cardboard scratcher I have attached to the wall. I screwed it in with two tiny screws then used Velcro to keep it in place and when I need to replace the middle piece.
I also got this cool scratch post which is great for small spaces from Petsmart! I was going to make a link for it but I don’t think they sell it anymore.
Another idea for a space saving scratcher is something that hangs on a door handle.
I found this idea below on Pinterest from a blog called 5 in a 5th. I thought it was pretty genius. And definitely saved space in a smaller rig!
Another cool idea, although I don’t have the link is this couch arm scratcher. I know some people have mentioned it just teaches the cat to scratch the area, but with my cats who already do that it would save my couch cover arm from getting destroyed.
Scratch posts and litter boxes are essentials but you also need brain stimulation when animals don’t have the ability to go outside and play. Although you can leash train them. And if you want to know more about that you can read this article I found about the topic.
Anyways this is our kitty room full of toys and places for our babies to play!
As you can see they have lot including a plain cardboard box too! Here are links and photos to the toys I have pictured.
I also always make sure to have fun little toys with bells and stuffed with catnip on hand. I love the cactus I bought from an Etsy shop called WagsAndWiggles. She makes amazing durable toys!
There is this really neat toy, which unfortunately I don’t have the link for, that you can attach to the window of your RV with a suction cup that it hangs on.
And last but not least is a folding cat tree with scratcher pad. You can buy this on Amazon.
I only decided to talk about this because so many people ask me about my pet stairs I built when I post pictures online. I originally built them along with that little platform that’s now a step I have in the kitty closet. I built it for my 1st cat when she was so tiny and couldn’t jump onto the dining table. Plus Tucker had figured out how to jump from the couch to the table to eat the food. So I had to come up with a solution. Here is what I originally had up. Once I began acquiring more kitties I had to take it down because all three couldn’t fit up there at the same time. See a bit further down what I changed it into.
Like I said I hand made these but you can always buy pre-made similar products if you don’t have the tools or skills.
This Etsy shop called Cat Wall Furniture sells really cool setups. Here is an example below. You can buy them with hammocks etc and for what you get I think they are reasonably priced.
What I have recently changed out to due to one of my kitties being overweight are these feeders. I got them off Chewy.com at around $50 each. They come with a tag that I put on each cats’ collar and changed the frequency with each one. That way the plastic cover over the food bowl will only open for that particular cat so I can control how much food they are eating. They were free feeders before. 2019 came and that had to change.
Although I am looking for a long runner for the counter I have a shower mat I’m using right now. Not only did I create a counter-top but I had to extend the counter-top so that all the feeders would fit on there. Since their litter box is in the back bathroom and I don’t really have any other counter space for them in the rest of the RV I figured it was the best place to put them. I put names on the front and probably will make that look a little better later on.
So I hope this post has helped give you guys some ideas on how it is possible to live with kitties and full time in your trailer or RV. Do you have something I forgot to mention or a neat idea? Leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by!