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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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You can obtain non-absorbable cat litter for the litter tray from your vet.
Both cats are house cats, so they're used to using a litter tray.
Put an impervious material in the litter tray, such as shredded tin foil.
Since then, Percy, one of my other cats, has started weeing at the side of his litter tray.
The first rule with indoor cats is one litter tray per cat plus one.
A MORE than a few of you wrote in with the moth ball remedy - and even more about the problems so many of you have from cats who use other folk's gardens as their giant litter tray.
5 litre bags have a free litter tray, scoop and 50% extra free material.
You could confine your cat to one room initially in its new home so it can acclimatise and get to know its surroundings and the location of the litter tray and food bowls.
n If you have cats, keep them in after dark and provide them with a litter tray.
First-time buyers in particular also hate pet smells [ETH] so it might be best to empty the cat litter tray and the dog or cat in the garden before letting potential buyers view your home.
The litter tray is empty With no horrors lurking there Don't have to move a pile of junk To give someone a chair