Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes are very popular for dogs, but if you leash trained your cat you may even consider a retractable leash for her. While not a lot of cats are leash trained I feel like I’ve seen more cats walking on leashes these days. We have a neighbor who regularly walks her cat and believe it or not it actually looks pretty natural. She uses a retractable leash.

While we’re not able to walk our cats, I have put a couple of our cats on a leash so we could spend time outside together. Boo loves to go outside, but there are too many dangerous things around here so I don’t feel comfortable letting him roam free. This type of leash has worked well for us.

NOTE: Make sure you use a body harness if you put your cat on a leash. A standard neck collar can be very dangerous if your cat gets scared and suddenly tries to run, and if you use a breakaway collar she can easily break free, which may or may not be a bad thing.

Is a Retractable Leash Right For You and Your Pet?

You might see a retractable leash referred to as a flexi leash based on the company that pioneered them. It makes sense because they offer more flexibility than other leashes. A retractable leash allows you to extend and shorten the leash quickly using a braking system and retracting device built into the hand held portion of the pet leash. It also keeps a bit of tension in the leash so it doesn’t hang loose or drag.

This type of leash is great for letting your pet explore a little while you continue to walk. A retractable leash can give your pet a feeling of freedom, at least more than regular leashes, while keeping you in control and keeping your pet from darting into harm’s way.

Many retractable leashes come with comfort grip handles and an ergonomic design that make them very comfortable and easy to use. Some have the option for an additional nylon bag that fits around the casing of the pet leash for holding keys and other small necessities making it a very convenient feature. Other flexi leashes have the option of a mini flashlight that can attach to the pet leash for night use. You can find all sorts of variations if you take the time to research various online pet supplies.

Safety Concerns with a Retractable Leash

Retractable leashes are a little different than regular leashes so there are a few more safety guidelines to follow than with regular leashes. A retractable leash should come with a list of guidelines on how to use it and how not to use it, but here are some things to consider before buying one:

  • A retractable leash should only be used by an adult who understands the pet safety guidelines.
  • If not used properly they can cause rope burns or become wrapped around body parts, or become entangled in another pets leash
  • Be careful when using a retractable leash around children as the leash can become wrapped around them or knock them over if the pet isn’t controlled.
  • A retractable leash should only be used for walking; it shouldn’t be tied to a stationary object.
  • These types of leashes work best on pets that are well controlled; they’re not meant for use with uncontrollable pets who often dart off in different directions.

When used correctly a retractable leash can be a good addition to your walking routine because of the flexibility they can offer. They bring freedom and safety to both you and your pet when you’re outside in the fresh air enjoying a nice walk.