AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTIN — The animals in Austin, Texas, love their cats, too.
And for the most part, it works.
A lot of people have tried to do it, but it doesn’t work.
The answer: Get rid of the cats and make room for dogs.
“The answer is not to let dogs out in the city, but to put them in the suburbs and the city,” said John Fagan, a professor of animal husbandroys at the University of Texas at Austin.
“You can get rid of cats, but you can’t get rid to a dog-free city.”
Fagan is a member of the Austin Animal Coalition, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the humane treatment of animals.
It was founded in 1984 to try to make Austin the pet-friendly city it is today.
But in recent years, the coalition has struggled to find its feet, Fagan said.
Its first citywide effort to get cats out of the city was a failed attempt in 2011.
It didn’t succeed because it lacked the political will, Fagons staff said.
It’s a situation that’s worsened in recent months, Fagnons staff reported.
Over the past several years, more than a dozen pet-related projects have been announced or in the works, including one aimed at getting the Austin Zoo’s pet population to zero.
In recent years Austin’s population of wild cats has increased dramatically, from about 4,000 in 2009 to more than 11,000 by 2015, according to the Austin Zoos.
That trend has led to a lot of problems with feral cats.
Fagan estimates that a feral cat population of 50,000 people could be threatening the city’s pet-based economy.
But, Faggans staff said, a lot more needs to be done.
The city needs to consider how to manage cats, the people who live with them, the places they live and what kind of policies are needed to get them out.
Some of those policies include:Keeping cats in a shelter.
If you don’t care about them, it’s better to have them in a pet-oriented shelter than a city shelter, Fagin said.
That’s what the Austin Humane Society did in the 1990s and 2000s.
But it’s not enough.
There needs to also be a lot better social and communication skills for people who have cats, Faffans staff reported in 2016.
That includes getting people to learn how to communicate with cats.
Having a plan for what to do if cats are not being kept in a dog friendly environment.
Fagons research shows that the majority of pet-owners don’t have any real plan in place.
They often go about things by instinct and then change their mind after a few months, he said.
If that’s the case, it can be difficult to make changes when the cat is in the house.
Instead, the Austin-area pet-control organizations need to make a plan to get cat-friendly neighborhoods, he suggested.
Fagins group has been working on that plan since 2010.
Working with pet-care professionals.
When a person goes to get their cat from the veterinarian, they need to get involved in their pet-management plan, Fagen said.
But he added that people with pets have to learn the proper way to care for them.
“You need to understand the rules, the regulations, how they work, what they don’t do,” he said, “and how to do the right thing.”
Working to get rid off litter traps.
To be a successful plan, it is essential to have a plan that covers everything that can go wrong, Fagerys staff reported, including littering and pet-killing.
It takes a long time to get people to understand litter traps, so getting them to use them is a priority, Fagon said.
“That means having the right policies,” he added.
This is a problem that has been plaguing Austin for decades,” he concluded.