Travel Cat Litter Tray Ideas
When we think of cats going to the bathroom, the first things to pop into our minds are kitty litter, huge trays, mess, smell and bulkiness.
But if you are going on an adventure with your cat, typically you would be aiming to reduce the amount of items you carry, especially bulky items like litter trays.
However, it is only natural that your cat may need to go to the bathroom when they are out and about.
So we asked the Catexplorer community to share how they mange their cat's bathroom habits when they are out and about.
Where Cats Go To The Bathroom During Exploring
In the Privacy of Their Kitty Litter
Many cats only feel comfortable to go to the bathroom at home or in private. They will wait till they are at home, or in a hotel with their kitty litter tray.
Some cats have a kitty litter tray set up in their car and will go there.
Other kitties are ok with going to the bathroom outside, either out in the open, where there is sand or somewhere private and covered (like in bushes).
We recommend that everyone carries doggy poop bags to clean up after their kitty. Yes, cat poo may be natural, but it is not a part of the ecosystem in many of the places we explore and may have a negative impact. Also, no one wants to accidentally step in cat poop!
A Note About Camping with Your Cat and Kitty Litter
Even if your cat is ok with going to the bathroom in nature, this may not be the case while you are camping.
There may be noises that startle them, making them uncomfortable with going outside.
As such, while you are camping with you cat, we recommend you take a kitty litter tray. There are a few options below.
Travel Cat Litter Box Options
Cats in the Catexplorer Community have many innovative ideas for portable travel cat litter boxes including:
heavy duty bag with litter in the bottom (like a portaloo)
long Tupperware with a lid to stop spillage. You can spray paint the outside to hide the contents.
shoe box lined with a garbage bag
How Cats Communicate They Need to Use the Bathroom
Cats who need privacy to use their kitty litter are likely to wait till you have finished exploring to do their business.
Other cats who are more comfortable will meow to tell you they need to relieve themselves. After a period of time exploring with your cat, you will get to know the nuances between their different meows.
While hiking, if your cat is straying from the trail they might be indicating they need to go to the bathroom. This is because they are looking for the right spot to go.
Portable Cat Litter Boxes in Cars
While travelling long distances, many owners have litter boxes in their cars.
One way to ensure easy access to your kitties litter box is to have their portable litter box in their car carrier. In these instances, their carrier will have to be fairly large.
Other places to keep the kitty litter tray is in the trunk/boot of the car or behind the front seat or on the back seat. These are great options for kitties who only go to the bathroom after exploring.
What kind of litter tray do you use for your cat while you are travelling?