kitten

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kitten

newborn or young cat or ferret.

kitten mortality complex
a general term applied to a syndrome involving death of young kittens, particularly in breeding establishments. It is etiologically nonspecific, but generally applies to infectious causes and has occasionally been specifically applied to feline infectious peritonitis virus.
References in classic literature ?
Now this is what had been happening to Tom Kitten, and it shows how very unwise it is to go up a chimney in a very old house, where a person does not know his way, and where there are enormous rats.
Tom Kitten did not want to be shut up in a cupboard.
I only asked for a kitten lest you should refuse me a cat.
The little kitten, feasting her eyes on him, seemed ready at any moment to start her gambols again and display her kittenish nature.
Ben, bouncing across the grass with Brownie at his heels, and seeing the kitten dragging the knitting by a lengthening line of wool, shouted and clapped his hands; Brownie barked, the kitten, desperate, jumped on the tea-table and upset the milk, then jumped down again and swept half the cherries with it; and Ben, snatching up the half-knitted sock-top, fitted it over the kitten's head as a new source of madness, while Letty arriving cried out to her mother against this cruelty--it was a history as full of sensation as "This is the house that Jack built.
In this book Dorothy had to take her kitten with her instead of her dog; but in the next Oz book, if I am permitted to write one, I intend to tell a good deal about Toto's further history.
Anyhow, make friends with the Pink Kitten and you'll be all right.
Under such circumstances, although I was not many degrees more useful than the kitten, my idleness was not entirely without excuse.
Saved myself from being an ornament," replied the girl, with a laugh, "and saved you from being forever a purple kitten.
The way Dinah washed her children's faces was this: first she held the poor thing down by its ear with one paw, and then with the other paw she rubbed its face all over, the wrong way, beginning at the nose: and just now, as I said, she was hard at work on the white kitten, which was lying quite still and trying to purr--no doubt feeling that it was all meant for its good.
Pollyanna found the kitten mewing pitifully some distance down the road.
Bumble, slowly, and marking the time with his teaspoon, 'I mean to say this, ma'am; that any cat, or kitten, that could live with you, ma'am, and NOT be fond of its home, must be a ass, ma'am.