We have found a home for our three outdoor working pet cats. One was a Tom that showed up in pretty rough shape and never left. He ended up being a very friendly cat. We had him neutered, shots, etc. The other two are siblings from a litter a cat had on our property, a male and a female, 3 years old. They are both fixed, shot, healthy, etc.
All the cats were a little scared when strangers showed up, the two males are friendlier & more trusting so we were able to get them in a carrier & the family took them home to their farm. It is going to pretty much be the same set up they had here - outdoor, but fed, watered, shelter, working for rodent control AND pets. Right now the family has the two males in their empy chicken coop until they feel they have bonded and will likely stay.
The problem is the female. She has always been the more aloof one, independent, not so trusting one. She likes to hang around people she knows and will let you stroke her if she's in the mood, but she doesn't like to be handled and HATES being indoors, at least last I tried.
The family still wants her & we dearly want the three to stay together (they are pretty tight) but they are worried that her 'wildness' will cause the two they have come to care for to follow her and take off.
Is this really a risk?
I think the two males love to laze around and eat so much they aren't likely to go off and live off only what they can kill and once she sees them staying put she will too. I mean, at our house she would go off an hunt, would occassionally not show up for a meal, but she always came back. The two males never went far, so I don't think this is going to be a problem.