"Why don't you breed your cats? They're famous and their kittens would have great lives." This is something I hear from strangers who read Katz Tales in The Star on a regular basis.
The answer is this: last year 1 shelter in our state put down 12,000 animals. That's just 1 shelter. It's not counting the other shelters, the council pounds, the small neighbourhood rescue groups and the hundreds of independent rescuers who put sick abandoned animals out of their misery. Also, that's just in our state. I'm not counting what's going on in the other states. 12,000 is the tip of the iceberg.
Au and Target are retired gentlemen cats because I don't have the heart to add to this problem.
If I could wave a magic wand, I'd chip all pets, and give discounted neutering/spaying. Anyone who chose not to neuter would have to pay a whacking great big license fee. Ideally, I'd try to stop all breeding for 2 or 3 years.
We've got a buy-and-throw attitude towards pets. If they were rarer, maybe we'd treat them better.