Are you looking for the best travel litter box? A portable litter box can really help during your trip with a traveling cat!
I had to travel with Lilo and it was really difficult. I know she’d want to be in her own cat litter box that she was used to. After testing and trying out so many, these are truly the best travel litter boxes. Keep reading so you know which ones are actually worth your investment!
7 Reviews of Best Travel Litter Box
Pet Fit For Life Collapsible Portable Litter Box & Water Bowl
There are plenty of things we like about this portable litter box. However, we have to say it really does make traveling with your cat easier. With plenty of litter boxes for travel out there, you might be wondering what makes this one stand out. It’s super convenient because it’s more than just a cat litter pan.
It also comes with a water bowl (or you can use it as a food bowl if needed). The bowl is sturdy, but still made of a soft enough material that it’s not a pain to pack. Not just that, but it actually also collapses. The collapsible design makes a big difference, especially when you’re already short on space.
The bowl isn’t the only that saves space either. The portable cat litter box itself also folds up so you don’t have to worry about adding a ton of extra bulk and weight to your luggage. It’s designed with straps theat snap into place to keep it compact and in place.
It’s easy to clean, and like any good portable cat litter box, it’s waterproof and sealed so no kitty messes get out. It’s also a great cat carrier if you don’t already have one, and the mesh on the sides keeps your cat happy with plenty of ventilation. We already love the fact that this portable litter box can be used so many ways, and versatility is always a huge bonus when you travel with your pets. That said, its versatility isn’t the only thing we really like about it.
The next thing we have to point out is the size. While it does fold up for compact storage, it’s not really that small. Actually, it’s one of the bigger travel litter boxes we’ve found. At 16 by 12 inches, even a really big cat can comfortably use it. Or, if you have two cats, they can share. You don’t need to worry about taking separate cat litter boxes, and your cats can both fit inside.
- Great for large cats, or two average sized cats
- Includes foldable food/water bowl
- Folds up for compact carrying
- Folding takes some practice
Kitty Kan Traveler Quality Enclosed Disposable Litter Box
We’re all about eco friendly products for our cats, and more and more people are getting on board with environmentally friendly pet products. With that in mind, we had to choose this Kitty Kan litter box for our review. It’s biodegradable, eco friendly, and made of entirely recycled material. That all sounds great, but is it too good to be true? We had to find out for ourselves. Of course, we started with some concerns about how well it would hold up, and whether we’d end up dealing with leaks since it’s made of cardboard.
Ready to hear what we found out? Let’s dive in.
We’ll start with assembly. The instructions are easy to follow, and it’s actually a pretty quick process. All in all, assembly might be an intimidating word, but it was easy to put together. It’s not made of flimsy cardboard either. Naturally, it’s not something you’ll use for the rest of your life, but it does hold up well.
According to the company, you can use it multiple times. We did find it was easy to take apart, and still holds up well when you put it back together. The only catch is that it’s best saved for using for only a trip or two. Once you take it apart and put it back together a handful of times it isn’t quite as sturdy.
Either way, if you want an affordable, eco friendly portable cat litter box you can take with you, this one’s a solid bet. If your cat isn’t going trekking the world, this cat litter box fits the bill, and it’s easy to dispose of when you’re done with it too.
Does it leak? Actually, no. The inside is lined with a pet safe material that keeps messes inside the box. As a bonus, the liner actually helps reduce litter box odors too. It comes with some other bonuses too. You can order litter designed to work best with the box (you can also choose to use your own). No need to pack your own scoop, this cat litter box comes with those too. The four disposable scoops are a huge plus, because nobody wants to carry around a dirty litter scoop
- Very eco friendly, biodegradable, and made of recycled materials
- Easy to assemble and take apart for travel
- Includes disposable litter scoops with litter optional
- Not as sturdy after taking apart four or five times
NECOICHI POP-UP PORTABLE CAT LITTER BOX
This is one cat travel litter box that already gets great reviews across the board, so naturally we had to see if it stands up to all the praise it’s gotten. At first glance, Necoichi Pop is a really nice looking litter box. It actually looks kind of fashionable, with a nice black and white pattern. Of course, any cat owner knows that if a litter box doesn’t do its job, it doesn’t matter how good it looks. Thankfully, this cat litter pan has a lot more to offer than just a nice design.
Like most of the best travel litter boxes, it folds up for easy storage. It’s lightweight too, and comes in at just under a pound, so you don’t have to worry about lugging around another heavy piece of gear. If you do have to take your cat on a plane, this travel cat litter pan was actually designed for that purpose. While it’s pretty compact, it does have raised sides that are high enough to prevent even messy cats from getting litter everywhere when they do their business.
Another requirement when we look at cat travel litter boxes is water resistance. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to have to clean a leak from their litter box at home, much less when you’re on the go. As you might guess, this litter box has a liner in the bottom to prevent leaks and keep liquids in the box. We like that the liner keeps messes in, but it also makes the travel cat litter pan a lot easier to scoop and clean. All you really need to do is empty the litter and wipe it out.
When you need to use Necoichi Pop, just undo the snaps and pop it up. We really like this part of the design, since not as many litter boxes have it. Most travel litter boxes fold, and this one just collapses and pops back up when you need it. This makes it a lot easier when you’re in a rush, since folding litter boxes tend to take some more maneuvering.
Necoichi Pop isalso one of the more budget friendly litter boxes for travel, not that you’d guess that by looking at it (or how it works when your cat uses it). Did it live up to its reputation? We give it a solid yes.
- Very lightweight (under 1 lb) and compact
- Looks nice, sleek modern design
- Quick and easy to get out and put away
- Frame isn’t as sturdy, cats might collapse it if they’re too rough
IRIS Travel Cat Litter Pan
This was actually a pretty surprising find for us. Yes, it does say litter pan in the title, but it’s still one of the best portable litter boxes around. The first thing we noticed is how different the overall design is from other travel litter boxes. Most litter boxes, whether portable or not, have a square or rectangular shape. You’ll notice that this one is circular, but it works just as well as any other, no matter the shape. It also has a more ‘fabric like’ construction than others, but it’s still surprisingly sturdy when you unfold it.
When it comes to storage and portability, this litter pan ranks at the top with the best. We’ve said it before, but most travel litter boxes fold or collapse for easier storage when you’re on the go. Naturally, this one also does that. However, there are some things that really stand out, whether you’re collapsing it or not. With most travel litter boxes, you have to fully dump out the litter before you can take it anywhere. It might be a necessity, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sting a little bit when you weigh up your litter costs.
The lid for this is what makes all the difference. What if you have plenty of clean litter left and don’t want to throw it out? With any other litter box, you’re out of luck. With the IRIS travel cat litter, it’s another story. Just zip it up and you’re ready to go, without any wasted litter.
You might be worried that the litter will still make a mess or leak out of the zipper. The good news is, it actually stays right in the container, so you never have to worry about getting stray litter in your luggage.
As far as pet owners go, this litter pan has all wins so far. However, cats seem to like it as well (or at least, they don’t take too much convincing to use it). The sides aren’t as high as some other litter boxes, but in some cases this is actually a bonus. If you have smaller cats, or kittens, they can struggle to get into a litter box if the sides are too high.
Likewise, older cats (or those with joint problems) need a litter box with lower sides so they can comfortably get in it. If you have an average age, and sized cat, the sides might be a little low if they’re a bit messy when they use the litter box. However, it still works well for most cats. Although it’s made of a thick fabric, it’s still sturdy enough that the sides won’t fall, even if your cat is a little rough with it. Of course, it’s also waterproof, and won’t let wet messes out of the pan.
- Zips, seals, and folds in for easy travel storage
- Allows you to save litter and money
- Durable, easy to clean coated canvas fabric
- Somewhat smaller than some others
- Lower side walls make it best for smaller cats/kittens and older cats
Petleader Collapsible Portable Cat Litter Box
As you might have guessed, we love pet products that do double duty. If they do even more, we consider that just another perk (and another reason to check them out!). It looks like a compact little duffle bag, with the same shape and easy carry handles. Much like a duffel bag, there are plenty of different compartments to keep all you (or your cat’s) stuff organized.
When you travel with your best furry friend, you already have more than enough to keep track of. Why not take advantage of some organized storage? If we had a separate category for best premium travel litter box, this Petleader box would take the prize.
It works well as a portable litter box, but that’s far from all it’s good at. First though, we’ll start with the litter box portion of it. It’s certainly one of the biggest portable litter boxes we reviewed. No matter how big your bulky kitty is, they can fit inside with more than enough room to spare. If you have more than one cat, this is one of your best bets if you don’t want to buy multiple travel litter boxes. Another thing we, mostly meaning our cats, really like is that your cat can go in and out two different ways because there are two openings.
It’s very constructed, and it might even win the ‘best construction’ category too. There’s PVC lining on the oxford material, so you don’t need to worry about leaks or escaping litter. You can tell right away that it’s made of quality material, and meticulously constructed. If you’re going to be doing a lot of traveling with your feline friend, you can trust this travel litter box to go the distance.
The actual litter box part of the case slides out for easy cleaning and dumping. We like the convenience, and also how fast cleaning is because of it. It’s a great litter box when you’re on the go, but it has plenty of extras that really make it stand out from the rest. Let’s look at what else it does:
First, it’s a spacious and comfortable cat carrier, with a built in skylight panel that gives cats plenty of airflow, along with a view. It doesn’t just carry cats or litter either. There are a ton of different pockets so you can keep everything organized in the same bag.
What else does it come with?
You’d be surprised. Like some other portable cat litter box, it comes with a water bowl, so you don’t have to worry about bringing another bulkier one. That’s not all, either. It also includes three litter scoopers, and the carrying case, which is a huge bonus. If you’re ready to invest in a cat carrier and travel litter box that does it all and has it all, this one will last you and your cat through all your adventures.
- Very versatile as cat carrier and litter box combo
- Plenty of pockets to organize
- Litter box slides out of carrier for easy cleaning
- Comes with a ton of accessories (and even a cat toy!)
- May be somewhat pricey for infrequent travelers
Petpeppy.com Portable Cat Litter Carrier
One of the biggest problems with most portable cat litter boxes is that many don’t offer the same structure and stability as your typical, at home litter box. Fair enough, that can be hard to do, especially when you need to keep it light enough to carry, and need to be able to fold it up to carry. This might seem like your average portable litter box. The design is pretty typical, but don’t let that put you off it just yet. It has a lot more to offer, especially if your cats aren’t exactly meek about using the litter box.
Let’s look at the things that are really unique:
First, the outer wall height. Unfortunately this is something you almost never think of until your cat is actually using the litter box. If you’re like us (and we assume many other cat owners), you’ve experienced the horror of buying a new litter box only to see litter flying across the house when your cat does their business. If you’re in a hotel or a friend’s house? Let’s just say it’s an embarrassing mess. The sides are around five inches high, which is a good bit taller than most portable cat litter boxes. That also means you can prevent more litter from getting on the floor.
Another thing we really like about this portable litter box is how sturdy it is. Not every cat is exactly dainty and delicate when they use the litter box. If you have a cat like that, you need a litter box you can take anywhere, and that can hold up to your cat’s abuse. Luckily, this is that litter box. You don’t have to worry about your rough kitty accidentally collapsing the box if they’re a little rough with it. It’s one of the few boxes that won’t fold down when cats are really getting into their business.
As cat parents, there’s another thing you’ll really love. It doesn’t just fold like other boxes. Or, to be fair, it does fold, but in a much different way. Just keep folding it until you have a little wallet shaped (and pretty close to the size, to be fair) package, and you’re ready to go again. You really can’t beat the compact size when it’s folded, or the extra large size when you unfold it.
Of course, we’d never get a leaky litter box, and this meets our expectations in that category too. It’s made of nylon canvas and it’s waterproof, so it’ll keep wet messes and odors well contained. The last thing we really have to talk about? The manufacturer totally stands behind their products. It comes with a one year warranty, should anything happen to the litter box during your travels.
- Expands to a very large size, collapses to very small size
- Very sturdy- ideal for large or rough cats
- High side walls to keep litter inside
- A little pricier than other options
PETSFIT FABRIC PORTABLE/FOLDABLE CAT LITTER BOX
Now, not everyone needs a long term, bells and whistles style litter box to take with you when you travel with your cat. Yes, those things might be nice, but they’re not always necessary. Sometimes all you need is a high quality, portable litter box that does exactly what it’s supposed to. Of course, that means we want it to be easy to carry, easy to clean, hold litter, and be cat friendly.
As you might guess, that’s exactly what we found in this portable cat litter box. It’s super easy to carry around, because it’s made of lightweight canvas. Of course, this material is also waterproof, so it’s leak proof and easy to clean. You don’t need to worry about assembly or complicated folding.
It takes only a few seconds to fold it up and fold it back down again. The simplicity of this foldable litter box is really its greatest strength. By going with a simple design, the manufacturers were clearly able to focus more on the quality of the build, and despite the value price, it’s something that will last a long time.
Nobody likes litter box smells, and that’s one area this litter box really stands out too. It’s odor resistant as well as spill resistant, and it only takes a few seconds to clean. You can’t beat that.
- Very user friendly, easy design
- Lightweight but also leak proof and durable
- Perfect for anywhere: at home, traveling or even on walks
- Sides are a little low
Portable Cat Litter Boxes Importance
Portable cat litter boxes are compact and packable cat litter boxes that can be packed and serve as a portable toilet for a cat when you are traveling. They are also known as foldable cat litter boxes since they are collapsible. The portable cat litter boxes can either be multi-use, fabric-based collapsible cat litter boxes or disposable travel cat litter boxes. Most travel cat litter boxes are smaller than their counterpart standard cat litter boxes. But, you will find them in varying designs, shapes and sizes.
The fabric boxes are made of heavy-duty Oxford cloth. You can also fold them into a size that can be stored in your luggage or car, making them an excellent option for travel. Most collapsible litter boxes are uncovered, with a few with airtight zippers. Disposable travel cat litter boxes require less care and are more self-contained. As the name suggests, you can dispose of them easily and without causing an environmental impact. This is because of the biodegradable and environmentally-friendly recyclable materials used.
Travel Litter Box FAQ Section
Can a cat travel without a litter box and for how long?
It’s always best to prepare a portable cat litter box in case you might need it but it’s not a must. Most cats can stay between 24 or 48 hours, even after feeding before using a litter box. If you’re going for a short trip, you can leave the litter box, but, it’s best to have one to prevent your cat from getting sick due to accumulated toxins.
How do you travel with a portable cat litter box?
Once you’ve considered all alternatives and determined your cats’ conditions and can now take the litter box along, it can be challenging to transport the litter box. Below is what you could do to make it simpler to travel with it:
Consider the means of transportation
When traveling in a car, the portable cat litter box won’t be a big deal. But, traveling by train or on an airplane requires that you read the requirements carefully. This will help you to figure out the limitation of the luggage or whether you are allowed to go with your cats. For this, you’ll need a litter box which includes a bag or box in the package. This will make transportation easier. Always check the rules and regulations of the airlines, states, and countries prior to traveling to know if you can travel with your cat.
Cats’ traveling history
Naturally, cats prefer staying on the ground wandering around. Traveling involves going far away from home and this usually makes them uncomfortable, especially for a cat that is not used to traveling. If your cats’ not used to traveling, she will find it difficult to find the best place when they feel they need to pee. This is where a litter box comes in handy.
It’s important that you contact your vet before traveling. He is well-positioned to give you some useful instructions and information on the best portable cat litter box. Also, you’ll have to figure out the best way to maintain the litter box’s cleanliness depending on the type of travel litter box you buy.
How to choose the best portable cat litter box for travel
There are several major things to look out for when choosing a portable cat litter box. It doesn’t matter whether you need the litter box for traveling, home use or intend to use it on an airplane. Below are some key factors to consider:
Purpose and Type
One of the things to consider before picking a portable cat litter box is the intended purpose of the litter box. For example, if it’s for a long road trip that would take more than 2 days, a disposable travel litter box is the best option. It is portable and you won’t have to scoop it. It’s also great for emergencies or when you have a new kitten or cat who hasn’t adjusted to their new home. You can also choose between an open or enclosed disposable cat litter box.
If you travel a lot, a multi-use fabric portable cat litter box would come in handy. It’s not only portable but can also be cleaned, re-packed and used several times as well as serve as a temporary cat bed.
Fabric portable litter boxes work best for air planes since they can be stored in the carrier. (See best cat carrier reviews) The waterproof liner on the inside makes it easier to clean.
Always check the building material of the litter boxes before making a purchase. The best cat litter boxes are usually those made out of easy to clean fabrics. Disposable litter boxes have a wax-based coating on the inside which is waterproof, but they are not as water-resistant as the fabric litter boxes.
Most fabric portable litter boxes are made of canvas or Oxford cloth. Lighter material is less durable and the walls of the litter pan might break. The waterproof liner on the inside should be durable and scratch-proof in case the cat scratches it.
Size and portability
Check the dimensions of the litter box’s surface and height. The travel litter box size should be 1.5-1.7 times the size of your cat. However, in comparison, standard cat litter boxes are larger than portable cat litter boxes.
The packing size should also be considered. A fabric cat litter boxes is portable, it can be packed and stored when not in use without taking up too much space. However, you’ll have to purchase the sealable models which come with a zipper cover if you do not want to carry the cat litter separately. An enclosed disposable cat litter box packs in itself. The less bulky the cat litter box is the better for easier handling in buses, cars or in airplanes.
Apart from the major factors above, there are other features and considerations that can also be very helpful. These include the accessories that come with the litter box. Most models do not come with any accessories, but there are those litter boxes with useful bonus items like a portable travel bowl and disposable scoops. You can also choose different color combinations and check which designs may be more appealing to your cat. The warranty and after-sales support is another thing to check.