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lit·ter

(lit'ĕr),
1. A stretcher or portable couch for moving the sick or injured.
2. A group of animals of the same parents, born at the same time. Synonym(s): brood (1)
[Fr. litière; fr. lit, bed]

litter

/lit·ter/ (lit´er) stretcher.

litter

(lĭt′ər)
n.
1. The group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal.
2. A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
v. lit·tered, lit·tering, lit·ters
v.tr.
1. To give birth to (a litter).
2. To make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly: Someone had littered the beach with food wrappers.
3. To scatter about: littered towels all over the locker room.
4. To be scattered about (an area): "A lot of torn envelopes and open letters littered his bed" (Joseph Conrad).
5. To include certain items such as expressions throughout (a speech or piece of writing, for example): littered his letters with the names of powerful friends.
6. Archaic To supply (animals) with litter for bedding or floor covering.
v.intr.
1. To give birth to a litter.
2. To scatter litter.

lit′ter·er n.

litter

Etymology: Fr, lit, bed
a stretcher.

litter

Military medicine A mobile bed for transporting wounded military personnel Vox populi Trash strewn in a public or open place

lit·ter

(lit'ĕr)
1. A stretcher or portable couch for moving the sick or injured.
2. A group of animals of the same parents, born at the same time.
[Fr. litière; fr. lit, bed]

litter

  1. any material aggregated on the surface of soil from above-ground vegetation.
  2. the offspring produced at any one time by a mammal.

litter

1. the group of neonates, products of one gestation, provided the average number is in excess of two.
2. dry particulate material used for bedding or as absorptive layer under animals or periodically by the animal to absorb urine and dry out feces. Dry litter system for poultry and litter for cats to use for urination and defecation while indoors.

litter size
the number of young in a litter is an important statistic in pigs because of the need to maximize the output of piglets per sow per year.
litter tray
the container, usually broad with low sides, that holds some absorbent material; used by indoor cats for urination and defecation.
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When they are used to this area get rid of the litter tray.
You can obtain non-absorbable cat litter for the litter tray from your vet.
Answer: Most cats take to using a litter tray very easily.
The ScoopFree litter box is totally automatic, maintenance free and hands- off between monthly litter tray cartridge changes, although multiple cat households will need to change cartridges more often.
It adds decorative flair to a product that is traditionally designed for utility alone, but it is also uniquely convenient to clean with its pull-out litter tray.
But yesterday I remembered and I might as well have been trying to exchange the contents of a cat's litter tray for the Mona Lisa the fuss it caused.
A CRUEL owner dumped a sick cat in a filthy taped-shut litter tray box near bins outside a block of flats.
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But don't even think of sullying those precious childhood mornings in front of the box with this big screen makeover - it's more like something you'd find at the bottom of a litter tray.
The cats also have heating, a bed, plus an exercise run with litter tray, scratching post, seat and viewing platform.
Especially in old age when they couldn't see the rim of the litter tray or just couldn't be bothered to find the tray.
The spoilt tiger, who was abandoned by his mother because he would not feed, also sleeps on Lucy's bed and has even learned how to use the litter tray.