If you’ve decided you want to begin routinely walking your cat, then you’re probably considering what type of leash you should get for this activity. After all, there are quite a few cat leashes available for you to choose. Nevertheless, picking a proper leash doesn’t have to be a hard task, you just need to be aware of a few things. In the hope of helping your search go smoothly, below are some points to think about, when choosing a cat leash.

What’s Your Cat’s Temperament

The first thing you need to know is your cat’s temperament. A cat that likes to run ahead—from time to time—and investigate the immediate area, may benefit from the use of an extendable leash. However, if your cat is slower paced and likes to walk closer to you, a regular length, woven leash will do just fine. If your cat is fidgety and unpredictable, you may want to consider a bungee leash.

Key Points

  • Consider a leash based on your cat’s personality
  • Extendable leashes are ideal for cats that like to explore
  • Slow paced cats are suited to traditional leashes
  • Unpredictable cats may benefit from a bungee leash

Consider The Activity & Environment

The second thing you’d want to be concerned about is the kind of activity you and your kitty will be doing. Very much like the concept of “Dressing For The Occasion”,  you’ll want to pick a leash that suits what you’re doing, how you’re doing it and the environment in which you are doing it.

If the environment you are walking in has a lot of outside stimuli, that can potentially startle your cat, then you should probably think about using a short leash. Things like other animals, pedestrians, vehicles or loud noises are all issues to consider for a traditionally short leash.

However, if you’re in a quiet, enclosed area or if you’re hiking where there aren’t many people in the area, extendable leashes might be an ideal choice. Maybe your cat likes to sit on your shoulder, occasionally getting down to explore. This is an example of how a bungee leash can come in handy.

Key Points

  • Consider the activity you’ll be doing with your cat
  • Pick a leash that suits the activity
  • Consider the environment of the activity
  • If the environment can startle your cat, consider a short leash
  • Peaceful environments, allow for a longer or extendable leash

Durable Material

Ideally, most cat owners will want to choose a leash that’s durable. A good quality leash—that will last you a longtime—depends on the frequency of use, the intensity of the activities it’s used on and the material from which it’s made. For instance, if you’re an adventure aficionado—that likes to hike a lot—you may want to consider a leash, made from a nylon material—woven for durability.

Also, reflective nylon is well suited for hiking/walking at night. Make sure to check for quality stitching and flexible ease of use. Some leashes are actually made specifically for a particular activity, so consider looking in the category you need the leash to accommodate.

Key Points

  • Consider a durable material that compliments your walking activities
  • Durability depends on the material from which the leash is made
  • Durability depends on the intensity of the walking activities
  • Durability depends on frequency of use
  • Check the quality of the stitching and the flexible ease of use
  • Some leashes will be designed for a particular activity like hiking

Two Leash Types To Consider

Retractable Leashes

This type of leash is coiled inside of a handheld device that extends out, only when you engage a lever/button to release the tension. Very much like a tape measurer, it retracts when you engage the same lever/button to reinstall the tension—effectively shortening the leash as needed. The idea behind this design is to give your pet more freedom to roam, when the conditions seem ideal. However, if you feel like the conditions aren’t suitable, you can safely shorten the leash—bringing your cat closer to you.

Pros

  • You have convenient control over the length
  • Keeps excess leash neatly wrapped in a handheld device
  • Can be easily stored
  • Comfortable to hold

Cons

  • Cat may be hard to manage, if the leash is too far out
  • Unlike traditional leashes, the mechanism can break or malfunction 

Suggestions

  • Consider using a retractable leash that’s lightweight
  • A locking mechanism, effortlessly keeps the length you want
  • A device with a strap adds extra assurance that your kitty won’t getaway

Bungee Leashes

This type of leash has an elastic quality, that stretches when either you or your cat, pull in the opposite direction. It retracts back to a resting length, when it is not pulled past a certain threshold. Simply put, it’s like a rubber band. The bungee leash is ideal for cat’s with unpredictable personalities, that suddenly move in an unintended direction. It gently extends with your cat’s movements without suddenly jerking.

Pro

  • It’s gentle to your cats body
  • Allows for exploring the environment safely
  • No sudden pulling or jerking

 

Con

  • Can potentially cause injury if unsupervised
  • Might be hard to manage in a busy environment

Suggestions

Consider walking your cat in a calm, quiet and enclosed environment; too much external stimuli can make an unpredictable cat, hard to manage.

Conclusion

There are obviously many more leashes, made from various materials, to suit different needs; but the important thing to remember, is your cat’s comfort level, as well as your ability to safely manage the situation.

Also, don’t forget to consider the laws of your state, for the maximum length of your pet’s leash. It’s usually 6 feet. If you’re not sure what your state’s leash laws are, it would be in your best interest to research them. If there aren’t any cat leash laws, then consider following the dog leash laws. Thanks for reading.