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1A young cat.
- ‘I have nine cats, three of them kittens, and they all sleep with me at night.’
- ‘Her kitten, Tigger, is black with white socks on his back feet.’
- ‘Conflict among siblings is of course not unique to humans; you only need to watch a litter of puppies or kittens to realise that young animals also love to taunt and fight.’
- ‘Domestic kittens are weaned at about 8 weeks old and become independent at about 6 months old.’
- ‘When I was 8 years old I had a pet kitten, Fluffy.’
- ‘Eleven out of 13 rescued kittens featured in the Advertiser have found new homes.’
- ‘Grinning, he twirled his hand around the kitten as the tiny animal chased him, attempting to pounce.’
- ‘Katlyn fed the kitten the milk and it soon fell asleep.’
- ‘The black kitten meowed, and bounded up to her.’
- ‘Reaching across my stomach, he stroked the kitten's fur as she continued to purr happily at the attention.’
- ‘She let out a sigh of relief and leaned down to pet the kitten.’
- ‘The Animal Centre will accommodate 60 cats and kittens, plus 40 dogs and puppies.’
- ‘Every area of the sanctuary is full, with 54 cats and kittens, 35 dogs and more than 50 rabbits and small rodents all looking for loving homes.’
- ‘A small, tabby kitten walked out, sniffing the air.’
- ‘We have been called out to rescue all sorts of animals from kittens, badgers, foxes and even a deer.’
- ‘Please think about adopting an adult cat rather than a kitten, because a kitten is always assured of a home!’
- ‘They had just bought the most adorable little fluffy kitten.’
- ‘Organisations such as the Northern Rivers Animal Shelter and the Animal Rights and Rescue have been inundated with unwanted animals, especially kittens.’
- ‘I could the kitten meowing all the way down the hallway.’
- ‘In the corner a tabby cat is curled round a nest of her kittens.’
- 1.1 The young of several other animals, such as the rabbit and beaver.
- ‘While the mother Cougar will look after her kittens for up to eighteen months, they are solitary animals and only come together to mate.’
- ‘Usually lynx roam a mile or two a day, but when the females prepare to have kittens, they zero in on a small area as they choose a den, aiming to hole up for a while.’
- ‘The mesh that protects the reserve is three centimetres in diameter, which is small enough to keep even rabbit kittens out.’
- ‘Red squirrels have one brood of young each year and two or three kittens are produced.’
- ‘A similar-sized bobcat might have three kittens in each litter and give birth every year.’
2A stout furry grey and white moth, the caterpillar of which resembles that of the puss moth.
(of a cat or certain other animals) give birth.
- ‘However, many cats are contrary and may choose the most inconvenient places to kitten in, such as your bed.’
- ‘Supply several large cardboard boxes well lined with newspaper for her to kitten in.’
Late Middle English kitoun, ketoun, from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French chitoun, diminutive of chat cat.
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