A travel litter box needs to fulfill all of the same criteria as any standard litter box, but it needs to be portable, easier to clean, and convenient. Some fold away, making them easy to stow in the trunk of the car. Some are made from canvas, so they will roll up for storage in any bag or box.
Whatever the material and the storage technique, however, the litter box must be easy to clean and sanitary because after it has been used, you will want to keep it in a cupboard or the garage until you plan your next trip.
To help you sift through the choices, we have compiled reviews of seven of the best travel litter boxes. Choose the one that best suits your cat, your travel requirements, and your preferences.
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The 7 Best Travel Litter Boxes – Reviews 2021
1. Necoichi Portable Cat Litter Box
The Necoichi Portable Cat Litter Box is transportable and easy to stow away. It weighs just over a pound so is lightweight and it folds down and snaps closed. Its portable size means that it can fit in the front pocket of a backpack or can be easily stored in a bag. The measurements mean that the tray is better suited to small or young cats, and a typical Maine Coon might struggle to fit comfortably within the litter tray.
The tray has a raised lip which prevents liquids from running and spilling. It comes with a waterproof liner, which is easily cleaned, and the high sides of the litter tray give your cat privacy and offer a secure environment in which even the most nervous cat can find some solitude and a peaceful place to pee.
Although the frame facilitates the storage function of the litter box, it is also quite easily broken and is not as durable as you might like. The bottom also tends to wear through, and if you forego the liner, you will have a major cleanup operation on your hands.
2. IRIS Travel Litter Pan, Yellow
The IRIS Travel Litter Pan is a nylon pan with a zipper lid. Unzip the lid and fill it with litter, and your cat is good to go, wherever he is when he needs to go. The zipper top is also a convenient way to keep dry litter safe when in transit.
This is another one designed for smaller cats, but because it is made from nothing more than nylon it is incredibly lightweight and very portable. The nylon has a PVC coating, which is waterproof and will prevent liquid from seeping out of the litter pan. The pan is portable and lightweight, thanks to its PVC-coated nylon construction, but it is also somewhat flimsy.
There are no solid walls to prevent the nylon from falling. It is also a small litter tray, only suitable for kittens, and there are limited design choices.
3. Petsfit Fabric Portable/Foldable Cat Litter Box/Pan
The Petsfit Fabric Portable Cat Litter Pan is a portable cat litter tray. It is made of a solid Oxford fabric and although it is a foldable fabric litter tray, it is stronger and more robust than similar alternatives.
When folded down, the tray can be secured, ensuring that it won’t fly open during transit. As well as being useful as a portable, travel litter tray, the Petsfit can also be used as a travel bed for your cat. It is a reasonable size, but large cats will struggle to fit in the Petsfit, and it is better for small breeds, kittens, and young cats.
Large cats may end up breaking the sides, and there are no liners included with this tray, so you will need to add your own to be assured that there will be no leaks.
4. Pet Fit For Life Collapsible Portable Litter Box
The Pet Fit For Life is a collapsible litter box. It is made from a nylon fabric that is easily washed and cleaned, and the whole thing folds down to an 8 x 6-inch package that is small enough to fit in any container, pocket, or bag. As well as the durable nylon exterior, the pan has a waterproof plastic coating inside, which prevents liquids from escaping.
As with virtually all of these portable litter boxes, it is barely suitable for an adult cat but provides ample room for a kitten or small breed cat. Also, it has proven to leak after just a few uses, in some cases, so we suggest ensuring that it is emptied and wiped clean after each use, if possible. Also, there have been some difficulties folding and rolling it so that it stows away properly.
However, it is inexpensive, does the job reasonably well, and even comes with a foldable water bowl that is equally ideal for traveling with your cat.
5. Petpeppy Portable Cat Litter Carrier
Despite its somewhat unusual shape, the Petpeppy Portable Cat Litter Carrier has roughly the same dimensions as almost all of the portable litter boxes on our list. It is suitable for kittens and small adult cats, but any feline larger than this will struggle to get in and be comfortable.
The nylon litter box is waterproof. The material is durable and weighs less than a pound, so it is extremely convenient for carrying in backpacks or any other type of bag. This portable litter carrier, however, is not foldable like the others. It has a lid which straps and unstraps, but the pan itself retains the same shape in either case. While this makes it less convenient for storage, it helps the portable cat litter carrier retain its structure when not in use.
Unfortunately, despite the rigid sides, the litter carrier is still flimsy. The zipper is also poor quality and tends to get stuck, and it isn’t convenient to carry so you will have to hold the underneath of the litter carrier while moving it around.
6. Petisfam Sturdy Cat Travel Litter Box
The Petisfam Sturdy Cat Travel Litter Box comes in a choice of two sizes, including this large box that is suitable for medium to large cats. Extra-large cats will still struggle to fit in, but you may need to look for an alternative cat toilet method when traveling.
This travel litter box is expensive compared to other models, but it is made from heavy-duty nylon that wipes clean and only takes a damp cloth to get rid of more stubborn stains and marks. It is more expensive than most, but it does also come with a handy litter scoop and even a folding bowl.
The box can be closed and carried by the storage handle or, during transit, it can be fully folded down to the size of a wallet. It is 1.7 pounds so while it isn’t the lightest, the extra weight does allow for a larger cat to use the litter.
7. Petleader Collapsible Portable Cat Litter Box Black
Cats can be very particular about where they toilet. Some will go in any plastic tray with a few bits of clay in the bottom. Others require a covered tray with a small step to get in, lined with cushioned liners and filled with cedarwood and walnut shells.
The Petleader Collapsible Portable Cat Litter Box is designed for those cats that prefer the privacy of a covered litter tray, although the covered tray is also beneficial because it can help to retain odors and prevent them from spreading around the trailer or holiday cottage. The extra dimension of the litter tray, which is still only suitable for kittens and small cats adds to the price and makes the whole thing slightly less portable than other options.
The litter box does not fold down, although it does have a convenient carrying handle on the top, this means that it needs to sit atop the stuff in the trunk for fear of it becoming damaged.
Conclusion: What’s the Best Travel Litter Box?
Although you can carry your own cat litter tray on holiday with you, or even buy disposable litter trays, having a portable one to take on all of your trips away with your feline friend is convenient and ensures that you and your cat are happy.
During our reviews, we found the Necoichi Portable Cat Litter Box to be lightweight and highly portable—well worth the money. The IRIS Travel Litter Pan is a good alternative that is made from lightweight nylon and has convenient carry handles.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 7 Best Travel Litter Boxes – Reviews 2021
- 1. Necoichi Portable Cat Litter Box
- 2. IRIS Travel Litter Pan, Yellow
- 3. Petsfit Fabric Portable/Foldable Cat Litter Box/Pan
- 4. Pet Fit For Life Collapsible Portable Litter Box
- 5. Petpeppy Portable Cat Litter Carrier
- 6. Petisfam Sturdy Cat Travel Litter Box
- 7. Petleader Collapsible Portable Cat Litter Box Black
- Conclusion: What’s the Best Travel Litter Box?