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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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After launched the KaisekiTM Series Grain-Free Cat Food in 2005, Nyanko Planet's Cat Lovers' Lab Tokyo started to develop eco-friendly cat litter, which was launched in the Japanese market in 2008.
Note: A 2006 California law recommends disposing of cat litter in landfills rather than flushing it, in order to limit contamination of sea-otter habitat with harmful Toxoplasma gondii.
The only cat litter endorsed by the SPCA, PERFECT LITTER ALERT is delivered monthly in two 2-pound bags (equivalent to 28 pounds of clay litter) directly to the home.
A 2006 California law recommends disposing of cat litter in landfills rather than flushing it, to limit contamination of sea-otter habitat with harmful Toxoplasma gondii.
Simply put, as more pet parents turn to natural products in their own lifestyle choices, those same choices are leading them to try natural pet products including cat litters.
Jonny Cat is introducing Low-Track Scoop cat litter, designed to minimize the amount of litter tracked outside the box.
The Oil-Dri Corporation, based in Chicago, will release new Jonny Cat Low-Track Scoop and Jonny Cat Multiple Cat Scoop cat litter in Western states during the next several weeks.