QUOTE(crism @ Sep 21 2008, 08:34 PM)
I seem to have this built-in kitty beacon that brings strays in from all around
But what everyone is saying here is about as good advice as one could get - if the cats know they are loved and fed from the house - then that is where they will come home to after getting their outside time.
We don't have too much of a problem with our cats wandering too far or not coming home - we live in the country and as soon as the coyotes start singing at nite, we'll find the cats all stuck on the front screen door yowling for us to let them in
I'm more of a dog person myself - but I love the independent nature of the felines and they can be quite fun to watch when they get feisty.
I'ts been a while since my original post!
The older cat is now enjoying the freedom to come & go as he pleases. The first few days, we let him in the garden, watched him, and then encouraged him back inside with a tasty treat! After a while, he decided that being outside was great... and tried to escape whenever he could! He didn't stray far, and we always gave him a lot of positive fuss when he came back in!
The younger one, has shown no interest in being outside! (he is about to have his last shots... so not a bad thing really). Having worked out what to do with the older cat, we are not so worried!
Thank you all for your thoughts & advise. I guess this forum is far better than just trying to make money!