My main concern is the cats wandering off into the woods and getting lost or never coming back, since it is a new home/surroundings. I figured if I locked them in the tack room with food/water and a litter box for a few days to a week they would learn to stay. Is this a good method for teaching them to stay near the barn? Is a week long enough?
Also do you have any other tips on making their transition from a home/small yard to a barn smoother and easy for them? I've owned cats but that was before we had the horses in the barn...so I don't have a lot of experience with transitioning cats to a barn.