11 Essential Cat Accessories for RV Camping

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Updated April 11, 2024

When we first started RVing together seven years ago, our campground neighbors had a cat with them. I remember saying to Susan, “Who the heck goes camping with a cat”? Or something like that… Anyway, it turns out that lots of people go RV camping with cats.

Susan and I have owned six cats between us over the years, so we like them but have never taken them camping.

After seeing so many camping cats, we thought we would put together our list of camping supplies just for your cat. So, what are the 11 essential cat accessories for RV Camping?

  1. Cat Carrier
  2. Portable Litter Box
  3. Portable Outdoor Cat Fence/Tent
  4. Catch Scratcher
  5. Cat Toys
  6. Collapsible Indoor/Outdoor Cat House
  7. Odor Masking Kitty Litter
  8. Collapsible Food and Water Bowls
  9. Leash and Harness
  10. Airtight Food Storage
  11. Window Perch

11 Essential Cat Accessories for RV Camping

1. Collapsable Cat Carrier

expandable cat carrier with a cat inside

Using a hard-sided pet carrier will keep your cat safe while you’re driving and provide secure transport for your cat when loading and unloading the RV.

Also, a hard-sided pet carrier will be useful if you ever need to bring your cat to a cat hotel or vet’s office. There are also some very cool expandable cat carriers on the market too.

2. Portable Cat Litter Box

portable litter box showing cat litter inside and a zipper top so it can be transported

Just like at home, your cat needs a place to relieve itself, and the ever-changing landscape means that you can’t have the fancy litter box you have at home.

So, a portable cat litter box that zips up for easy travel is a great idea. A smaller box that could fit in the shower or in between cupboards is usually best.

3. Portable Outdoor Cat Fence/Tent

portable outdoor cat tent is one of the best cat accessories for RV camping

Some cats might be used to getting fresh air during the day and roaming the neighborhood, but with new surroundings and constant traveling, that’s not always possible.

Having a collapsible cat fence still allows the cat to get fresh air outside but also keeps them safely contained within your campsite.

4. Cat Scratcher

multi surface cat scratcher with cat on it

Your cats still need to scratch, and you don’t want them scratching up the RV furniture, especially if it’s a rental RV. So it’s important to give them a good multi-surface scratcher to keep them happy. Depending on the layout of your RV, you may be able to get a hanging scratcher as well to keep things fresh and exciting.

5. Automatic Interactive Laser Cat Toy

cat laser toy produces a red laser for your cat to chase. This is one of the best essential cat accessories for RV camping

Bringing your cat with you means they get to spend more time with you while you travel. But you still probably have plans outside the RV, so your cat will need some entertainment while you’re gone.

Something like this laser cat toy can provide hours of entertainment for an active cat. Just be careful that you don’t have the laser aiming at furniture that could easily be torn up by your cat’s nails.

6. Collapsible Indoor/Outdoor Pet Cat House

A collapsable cat house is one of the best cat accessories for RV Camping

The RV can be an uncomfortable new space for any pet so it might be a good idea to get a collapsible cat house that you first introduce at home to give them a safe area.

A portable cat house like this one is heated and waterproof, which can make a lazy, cuddly cat feel right at home. It is also easy to put together and take down, which is helpful in a limited space like an RV.

7. Odor Masking Litter

quality cat litter

With very little space in an RV, there is no room for error when picking litter that needs to mask the unsavory smells from your cat. Skip the cheap bags and find quality litter with outstanding customer reviews to bring on your travels.

8. No Spill Food and Water Bowls

collapsable no spill food and water bowls are some essential cat accessories for RV camping

There are many different options out there for food and water bowls, but finding containers that are either collapsible or can be covered for easy transport is a good idea. No matter what bowls you choose, remember to always have fresh water available for your cat throughout the day.

9. Harness and Leash

black cat walking in the grass wearing a cat harness and leash

The idea of putting a cat in a harness and then on a leash might sound a little silly, but if you can train your cat to get used to it, they are beneficial. Finding a comfortable harness and standard leash will allow you to bring your cat outside for fresh air and exercise while also keeping them safe.

10. Airtight Food Storage

collapsable no spill food and water bowls are some essential cat accessories for RV camping

It’s always a good idea to store your cat’s food in an airtight container to keep out ants and critters (including your cat!) But it will also keep your cat’s food as fresh as possible during your travels. This could be as simple as using Tupperware containers.

If you do get ants in your RV, check out our article 7 Incredibly Effective Home Remedies To Rid Your RV of Ants. It has some great information about non-toxic products that are safe for your pet and will get rid of ants at their source!

11. Cat Window Perch and Scratcher

Cat laying on a cat window perch

My cat loves looking out the window – especially when the dog is outside or if there are birds in the bushes. A cat window perch and cat scratcher is perfect for any cat to enjoy the outdoors from inside the RV. By the way, if you have a dog check out our article called 11 Essential Dog Accessories for RV Camping too!

6 Helpful Tips and Ideas for RV Camping With Cats 

1. Keep Your Cat Comfortable

Ensure your cat has all the comforts of home in the RV like food, water bowls, litter box, toys, bedding, etc. Introduce your cat to the RV slowly by letting him spend some time in the RV before the camping trip.

This way, he will become more familiar and comfortable in the RV. Take him on a few short drives in the RV so he can get used to all the sounds and movements that go with RV traveling.

2. Bring The Cat Carrier

Your cat should have its own cat carrier in the camper or motor home. The carrier will serve as a safe travel place and a familiar hiding spot while at the campsite.

The cat should remain in the cat carrier whenever the RV is in motion or when the camper door is open. Just leave the carrier door open so your cat can enter it whenever he wants.

Also, please do not leave your cat unattended in a travel trailer or fifth wheel. If anything were to happen to your cat, you would never know! If you have a towable RV, your cat should be in the towing vehicle with you.

3. Bring Food and Water From Home

Bring food and water from home for your cat. Any change in food or water could cause stomach problems.

4. Never Leave Your Cat in an Unventilated RV

If you leave your cat inside the RV, always be sure to have the AC on or leave windows or vents open.

RELATED READING: For more info about leaving your pet alone in your RV check out our article called Is It Safe to Leave Pets in an RV?

5. Don’t Leave Your Cat Outside the RV 

Do not let your cat run freely around the campground. Keep your cat on a leash or at least stay with your cat at all times when he’s outside. 

And please don’t leave your cat tethered outside the camper alone. If another animal attacks your cat, he won’t be able to escape.

If your cat is used to being indoors, keep him inside the camper with interactive playtime and cat toys. If he is trained to stay near you, or on a harness and leash, take him outdoors to explore.

My cats always freak out when I put a harness and leash on them, so getting your cat used to wearing a harness before your camping trip would be wise.

6. Protect Your Cat’s Health

Other animals will be at the campground, including cats, dogs, squirrels, rabbits, and other wildlife. Feral cats could also be hanging around.

Make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date and be sure he has a collar with ID tags – with your cell phone number on them – just in case he gets out and gets lost.

Your pet’s ID tag’s home number will not help you while you are away RVing. It is also a good idea to bring your cat’s vet records along.

Final Thoughts About Cat Accessories for RV Camping

At the end of the day, you know your cat better than anyone. You’ll know whether or not they’re perfectly content lying around all day or if they’ll want some fresh air or entertainment.

Try to bring your cat accessories that’ll make your cat feel most at home when RV camping. Bringing along the comforts of home along with some new fun toys will make your cat comfortable and happy on your next family road trip.

Do you know of any essential cat accessories that we should add to the article? Please add your suggestions in the comments below, and I may just have to check them out and revise the article.

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Mike Scarpignato – Bio

Mike Scarpignato created RVBlogger.com over five years ago in 2018 to share all we have learned about RV camping.

Mike is an avid outdoorsman with decades of experience tent camping and traveling in his 2008 Gulf Stream Conquest Class C RV and 2021 Thor Challenger Class A motorhome.

We attend RV Shows and visit RV dealerships all across the country to tour and review drivable motorhomes and towable trailers to provide the best evaluations of these RVs in our blog articles and YouTube videos.

We are 3/4-time RVers who created RVBlogger.com to provide helpful information about all kinds of RVs and related products, gear, camping memberships, tips, hacks and advice.

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3 thoughts on “11 Essential Cat Accessories for RV Camping”

  1. Loved your post! Great enjoyed reading all that you have shared in this post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great extra tip and thank you for sharing. This is full of useful information.

  3. Really an informative post! I will surely keep it into my mind and it also helped me in getting new ideas about my next product wish for my loving pets.


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