The Collapsible Litter Box - Cat Info Detective

The Collapsible Litter Box

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Hi fellow travelin’ felines! Skye Blake here with info about a great travel helper… the collapsible litter box.

Anybody who takes a trip knows there isn’t much space in just about any type of transportation they take.

paw prints coming in from a distance

So, when a cat is out traveling how does one carry a litter box, among all the other necessary supplies?

Luckily some creative, clever people have been working on ways to help with this problem.

Jeep traveling on gravel road among wildflowers

So far, they’ve invented two options… collapsible and disposable boxes, each having their own pros and cons.

Discover more about disposable boxes at “The Disposable Litter Box“.

For now, let’s see what collapsible boxes can do for the travelin’ cat.

The Traveling Litter Box

Let’s start by reviewing what we cats need and what humans need from litter boxes while traveling together.

There are many different types of trips and modes of transportation available, so both may need different litter box setups for different trips.

traveling with cat; collapsible litter box

For example, traveling for weeks or months in a recreational vehicle (RV) requires sturdier litter boxes, while moving cross-country and being in a car for a couple days needs something portable or disposable.

If your cat’s not going to be using the great outdoors for her litter box, you should plan ahead and decide if taking your regular box makes sense or if it’s better to take at least one collapsible and/or some disposable boxes.

tabby cat wearing red scarf

Whatever you decide, be sure to keep the same litter your cat likes to use. Introducing new letter while on a trip could be disastrous!

If you have to use something different, ease your cat into it for a few weeks at home before your trip.

Some people recommend liners, but they often are a problem since your cat’s sharp claws can easily poke holes and/or shred them, making them useless for containing the mess.

Don’t forget extra litter and a scoop!

What Cats Want

kitten with cloth heart; collapsible litter box
  • A quiet place to go in safe territory
  • A box where he can stand up, turn around and cover his business (1 1/2 times the size of your cat)
  • The same litter he uses at home

What People Want

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  • A convenient litter box setup for easy disposal of waste
  • Portability – easy to pack and carry
  • Easy to clean or just throw away

Pros & Cons of Collapsible Litter Boxes

scooping litter pellets; collapsible litter box

Pros

  • Some collapse and fold into roughly wallet size
  • Zipper top (like a suitcase) keeps litter in while on the road. It also keeps waste in and odors to a minimum until you can rid of it
  • Some are versatile and can be used as a bed or storage for cat toys, etc., if not needed for litter
black cat sunning himself
  • Foldable firm sides that hold their structure when in use, but fold to fit in a suitcase.
  • Lightweight
  • Many come in different sizes
  • Usually made of nylon or other materials that are easy to clean

Cons

white cat looking out car window; traveling; collapsible litter box
  • Some have softer sides that can let litter spill out when a cat uses the box
  • Need to be cleaned periodically (some can be machine washed). Seamless construction is easiest to clean

List of Collapsible Litter Boxes

red scoop in white litter

I make a small commission on some of the links below… and I get to share profits with qualified cat rescues!

Check descriptions and reviews carefully for any products you wish to buy… quality, sizes, colors, etc., can’t be guaranteed by anyone but the manufacturer.

Travel Cat – Litter Boxes

If you’re interested in more info about litter boxes, litter, and related items, click the trails below…

Types of Litter Boxes & Accessories

Cat Litter ScoopsThe Basic Litter Box
Litter Robot™…Is It Worth the $$$$?The Sifting Litter Box
Cat Genie ®…Does It Really Flush?The DIY Litter Box
The Privacy Screen for Litter BoxesThe Cat Litter Mat
The Corner Litter BoxThe Disposable Litter Box
Breeze Litter BoxFurniture Litter Box Enclosures
The Self Cleaning Litter BoxThe Covered Litter Box
The Cat Litter Disposal System

Location, Location, Location…The BoxCleaning Cat Urine
Deciphering Pee PatternsSymptoms of Illness in Your Cat
The Territorial CatWhy Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?
What Are the Best Types of Cat Litter?Cat Behavior…Is My Cat Nuts??
Why Is My Cat Pooping Outside the Box?What’s the Best Cat Litter Box?

Sources

Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary.

Primary sources are always preferable and have the most reliable information because they’re original and directly referenced.

Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own.

However, sometimes they refer to primary sources.

When I use secondary sources, most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

List of Sources

Disclosure

I make a small commission on some of the sources listed below if you choose to purchase them from here.

Some products listed link to companies that sell them, whether or not I make any money.

77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat“, by Susan M. Ewing, Fox Chapel Publishers International, Ltd., 2018

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The Best Kind of Litter Box for Longhaired Cats“, by Jet Perreault, Petful, Dec 5, 2014

Cat Speak“, by Bash Dibra with Elizabeth Randolph, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York, NY, 2003

The Cat Whisperer“, by Mieshelle Nagelschneider, Bantam Books, The Random House Publishing Group, New York, NY, 2013, www.bantamdell.com

Cat Wise“, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Penguin Books, an imprint of Random House LLC, New York, NY, 2016

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting & Owning a Cat“, by Sheila Webster Boneham, PhD, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York, NY, 2005

Decoding Your Cat” by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, editors: Meghan E. Herron, DVM, DACVB; Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB; Carlo Siracusa, DVM, PhD, DACVB, DECAWBM, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, New York, NY, 2020

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“Litter Box Happiness for Cats of All Ages”, Dr. Sophia Yin, CattleDog Publishing, January 25, 2017

“Litter Box Solutions for Aging Cats”, Litter Robot

“Litter Training”, Kitten Lady

“The Special Needs of the Senior Cat”, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Feline Health Center

Total Cat Mojo” by Jackson Galaxy with Mikel Delgado, PhD, Tarcher Perigree, Penguin Random House, LLC, New York, NY, 2017

Think Like a Cat, How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat – Not a Sour Puss“, by Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Penguin Books, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, New York, NY, 2000, 2011

“What’s the Best Litter Box for Senior Cats”, FitSeer.com

“What Your Cat Wants”, by Francesca Riccomini, Thunder Bay Press, Octopus Publishing Group, San Diego, CA, 2012, www.thunderbaybooks.com

Product Sources

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Updated June 13, 2022

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