|A previous foster kitten, affectionately known as Katie TriMet.|
There's an obvious solution to this, of course: Neuter your pets.
Having a litter of kittens isn't a rite of passage for a cat, and it won't make a female cat more loving or parental. It will just add to the severe cat overpopulation problem we face all around the world.
This advice doesn't end with the cats you own.
If you have stray cats in your neighborhood that have kittens, year after year, contact the Feral Cat Coalition and ask about their trap-neuter-release programs that can stop that cycle cold. In July, they'll do those surgeries for free.
And if you're looking for a pet, now's the time to head to the shelters and spend time with the older cats. These cats have just as much love to give as a kitten, and they are less likely to tear up your furniture or keep you up at night with their antics. They'll be mellow companions, ready for a life of luxury.
To see some of these older cats in action, visit the House of Dreams cat shelter. These unwanted cats are overwhelmingly older, and they're still quite playful and loving.