Full-Timing With Felines – 5 RV Hacks Your Cat Will Love

Last updated on May 20th, 2021 at 10:44 am. Originally published on December 29th, 2016

Cats are notoriously finicky travelers. I’m sure we’ve all heard a horror story or two about a scaredy- cat who made traveling a nightmare for its owner. Up until now, you may have avoided bringing your cat along on RV trips. Or you may be putting off the idea of full-timing because you’re afraid your cat will wreak havoc on your rig. Well, we have news for you: it’s entirely possible to RV with a cat. In fact, many cats enjoy life on the road!

To successfully go RVing with cats, you must think like a cat; learn what they want and what they need. They need food, water, sleep, and a place to go to the bathroom. They want to be comfortable and play in a place that feels like home to them. As your cat’s guardian, your job is to give all of this to them. In the confines of an RV, that can seem like a challenge. Use these hacks to make RV life better for the both of you.

rving with cats

Hack #1: Acclimate Your Cat to Its Home First

Cats live by their noses. (Which is why you might find a surprise outside the litter box if you’ve left it dirty for a while!) When they move somewhere new, whether a house or RV, they’re going to be nervous because it doesn’t smell like them. Get your cat used to your RV by taking them in it for a few hours at a time without going anywhere. Let them explore and rub their face wherever they please; that’s how they leave their scent. When it’s time to start your trip, they’ll be much more comfortable if they’re surrounded by familiar smells.

Hack #2: Give Them a Comfy Place to Sleep

You need a comfy place to sleep when you sleep 16 hours a day! At home, you may have noticed your cat has different sleeping spots throughout the day – a certain chair, a box in your closet – anything goes! They’ll want a secure, cozy space to hide and sleep, especially when they’re first getting used to RV life. If you can spare a storage cabinet in your bedroom, it makes for a great cat cubby. Here’s a tip – cats feel safe when they’re up high, so try creating a spot in the cabinet over your bed.

Hack #3: Keep the Litter Box Clean and Discreet

Your cat likes a clean, inconspicuous litter box as much as you do! There are plenty of places you can modify to accommodate your cat’s litter box. Many RV owners cut out sections of their bathroom cabinets; others make a space under the bed or the front stairwell. Some even tunnel to an empty battery bank or basement storage area! Just make sure the hole doesn’t lead anywhere that can harm your cat or allow it to escape.

Hack #4: Let Them Scratch (Something Other Than Your Furniture!)

We all know cats love to scratch stuff, and if they don’t have their own post, that “stuff” ends up being your furniture! In an RV, space is precious. A scratch pole can take up a lot of it. Instead, pick a few areas and make them scratch-friendly. Secure a hanging scratch pad to the end panel of a kitchen cabinet. You can also place a few horizontal-style scratch pads around the RV, like in the windowsill or somewhere else out of the way.

Hack #5: Keep Their Food and Water Secure

If you keep your cat’s food and water in bowls on the floor, all it takes is one bumpy road to send kibble and water flying everywhere! Why not get creative? Install a sliding drawer under your fridge or kitchen cabinet and turn it into a feeding area. Simply close the drawer when you’re on the road, and you’ll never have to clean up cat cereal again!

RVing with cats

Closing Thoughts

RVing with a cat can be enjoyable for both parties. All it takes is a little imagination, handiness, and patience. If your cat feels comfortable and accommodated, they’ll come to love RV life! Whether sitting in a window watching the changing scenery or out walking on a leash, cats enjoy exploring new territory when they have a place to call home at the end of the day. Your cat loves adventure just as much as you do, so let them come along for the ride!

What do you think?

How much can you make renting your RV?

See How Much You Can Make

How much can you make renting your RV?

See How Much You Can Make

Similar Articles

Scheduling Maintenance While Living Full Time in Your RV – Wander Free and Queer

Owning an RV means learning how to care for your RV! This might include gathering some new skills to keep…

Read More

The Rise in Gas Prices will Only Add $35 to your RV Trip

If you’ve watched the news or filled up your gas tank lately, you’re well aware that the price of gas…

Read More

Working From The Road: Tips & Best Practices with AsoboLife

If you are intrigued by RV life but are hesitant to start because you can’t afford to quit your job…

Read More

The Best Sun Protection Products: How to Keep Babies and Kids Safe

RVing is the absolute best way to vacation as a family. And really, that’s not just our humble opinion. In…

Read More

Guide to Planning an RV Trip on One Tank of Gas

Believe it or not, you can do a lot of traveling on one tank of gas. It might seem like…

Read More

Top RV Maintenance and Repair Tricks with NRVTA

RVshare recently hosted an RV owners meetup webinar alongside Director of Education and head trainer at NRVTA, Todd Henson. NRVTA…

Read More