Between keeping your cat indoors all the time or letting it roam freely without your supervision, some people are choosing an in-between alternative and taking their cats outside on a leash. Not only does this allow them to protect the cat from dogs, cat-hating people, and cars, but it also gives them a chance to play with their cat.

Of course, taking your cat outside on a leash can still be stressful. What happens if your cat gets away and takes off with its leash dangling behind it? What will you do if a neighborhood dog suddenly charges your cat? If you’ve been thinking of taking your cat outside on a leash, you may want to consider these possible problems so you’ll be ready for them if they ever occur.

To read about one person’s adventure taking their cat outside on a leash, click here.