To cut to the chase, we have two Maine Coons who love to be active, be outside, and frankly, not listen.
These problems aren't necessarily all kitty's fault; I keep telling my parents that if they keep letting the cats out, they eventually won't come back.
This morning, we believe that the female 'Coon snuck out of the garage and into the morning snow. It was like 15*F max today, and we haven't seen her since before 7am. She hasn't eaten, hasn't come back. There were no tracks in the snow anywhere in the yard (except for wild rabbit tracks), and after a bit of searching, there was no sign of her anywhere else. She could be chasing rabbits, but the field where all the rabbits are is covered in them (eg. She's not there because they're not hiding).
So, on the chance that she does come back, how do I convince my family to keep the cats inside? How do I prevent the cats from sneaking out? Is there a way to train them to come? Right now they will half-come; only coming when they want in a typical kitty way. I'm worried they will be hit by a car as the roads near us are pretty busy, and we live in a school zone.
My mom is worried sick, and it's not helping my anxiety. Any tips for finding a lost kitty? I've posted on a local website (Nextdoor) and am keeping an eye on FB, but have no clue what else to do.