A friend of ours is moving to a new house and cannot take her two cats with her. The cats are inddor/outdoor cats and do have all their claws. She checked at local shelters and all of them are full. She asked us if I would take the cats and let them live in the barn with the horses. Her main concern was a wild animal hurting the cats. But I think they'll protect themselves plus we shut the doors at night, and animals don't usually come in.
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.