Activated By Presence Of Animal Patents (Class 119/163)
  • Patent number: 10463023
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for evaluating the appeal of a litter or the litter box environment to a cat and also provides a behavioral diagnostic method for assessing risk of urinary health issues. The methods involve the use of the duration of the elimination sequence to diagnose if the cat has a healthy (enriched environment) or unhealthy (standard environment) elimination behavior. The duration can be measured by an apparatus that determines the time of residence of an animal in a litter pan (i.e., the difference between time of entrance and time of exit from the pan). The apparatus can determine the time of residence of the animal in the litter pan using one or more of a motion detection device attached to the litter pan, an accelerometer attached to the litter pan, or a weight scale balance under the litter pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SOCIÉTÉ DES PRODUITS NESTLÉ S.A.
    Inventors: Gerardo Perez-Camargo, Francois Martin, Ragen Trudelle-Schwarz McGowan
  • Patent number: 10264762
    Abstract: An automatic self-cleaning and self-filling outdoor fluid feeding system for an animal, including for example a pet, includes a sink; a fluid transport system; a housing supporting the sink and containing the fluid transport system; and a control assembly configured to control the automatic self-cleaning and self-filling operations of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: J & L INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Paul Lamb
  • Patent number: 9750224
    Abstract: A pet training apparatus and waste receptacle that allows a pet to simulate urinating outdoors in an indoors environment. A base frame supports a grated cover on which a permeable sheet is positioned. As a pet urinates, the urine is passes through the permeable sheet and through a plurality of openings in the grated cover. The urine is then collected in a receptacle positioned below the base frame. The permeable sheet includes a plurality of synthetic fibers in order to give the appearance of natural grass. An enclosure can be attached to the base frame, such that the together the enclosure and base frame form a pet crate in which the pet can urinate. A bed can also be placed on the permeable sheet in order to differentiate a sanitary area for the pet to rest. A splash guard prevents urine from leaving the confines of the grated cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Todd Kupka
  • Patent number: 9640063
    Abstract: A sensor device used in remote monitoring of waste within a waste container includes a sensor arrangement for monitoring the waste and for generating a corresponding waste-indicative signal, a data processing arrangement for receiving the waste-indicative signal, a wireless interface coupled to the data processing arrangement for enabling the data processing device to emit wireless signals including information derived from the waste-indicative signal, and a power source for providing power to operate the sensor device. The sensor arrangement additionally includes a temperature sensor for measuring a temperature of at least the power source, and the data processing arrangement is operable to be switched from the second reduced-power mode to the first activated mode as a function of the temperature measured by the temperature sensor. This enables power saving and increased service life of the sensor, battery, and the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Enevo Oy
    Inventors: Fredrik Kekalainen, Johan Engstrom
  • Patent number: 9565830
    Abstract: A battery-powered ventilated litter box having a litter box assembly with a litter tray and a removable lid enclosure with a door opening that provides pet access to an inner space. A fan assembly includes a housing that is attached to the lid enclosure and which forms an air conduit through the lid enclosure. The housing has an air exhaust and an air intake and a fan assembly having a fan that draws air from the inner space into the air intake. A filter element is disposed within the fan assembly. The fan expels air from the air exhaust. The litter box assembly includes louvers, preferably on the sides of the litter box assembly and a downwardly extending lower rim that mates with the litter box. The fan includes a fan motor having a vertically orientated shaft. The filter element is preferably a HEPA filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: James Caico
  • Patent number: 9456582
    Abstract: An automatic self-cleaning and self-filling outdoor fluid feeding system for an animal, including for example a pet, includes a sink; a fluid transport system; a housing supporting the sink and containing the fluid transport system; and a control assembly configured to control the automatic self-cleaning and self-filling operations of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: J & L INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Paul Lamb
  • Patent number: 9243642
    Abstract: A cooling system for use in a portable communication device includes a detection module, a cooling module and a central control module. The detection module detects whether the portable communication device is in a communication state and generates an acknowledgement signal. The cooling module includes a fan and a driving unit. The central control module is electrically coupled to the detection module and the driving unit, detects an operational temperature of said device, and generates a detected temperature value corresponding to the detected operational temperature. The central control module controls the fan to operate in a silent mode or a cooling mode. The central control module controls the fan to operate in the silent mode if the central control module receives the acknowledgement signal when the detected temperature value is smaller than a temperature threshold value, else the central control module controls the fan to operate in the cooling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SUNONWEALTH ELECTRIC MACHINE INDUSTRY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Alex Horng
  • Publication number: 20150053140
    Abstract: A modularly connected device for cleaning a pet toilet according to the present invention includes a water inlet module and a water outlet module detachably attached so that the device may be conveniently installed in various places to automatically clean the pet toilet by sensing the feces and urine of pets. With such a modularly connected device for cleaning a pet toilet according to the present invention, the water inlet module and water outlet module are modularly connected and detached to provide convenience and simplicity of cleaning with a high capability of sensing the feces and urine of pets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ju Hwan ROH
  • Publication number: 20140366809
    Abstract: The invention provides odor control systems having customizable aroma and malodor control compounds. In a general aspect, the odor control system includes a litter box and a programmable dissemination device attachable to the litter box. The programmable dissemination device is adaptable to receive at least one odor control cartridge and disseminate the contents of the cartridge. The odor control cartridge is a fragrance cartridge or a malodor counteractant cartridge insertable into the programmable dissemination device. Alternatively, the odor control cartridge can include a fragrance and a malodor counteractant in the same cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nathan Foster Huck, Mark Alan Donavon
  • Publication number: 20140360436
    Abstract: A training toilet design that can be adapted for either a dog or a cat or other animal and even for a young human child is disclosed. A space or enclosure receives the trainee and upon receipt a switch is actuated. The switch can either be a pressure actuated mechanical switch or a motion detector switch. In response to the switch changing state, a microcontroller is actuated to provide any one of a number of responses. Responses include an audible encouraging comment when the trainee exits the toilet and when the trainee enters the toilet. A timing lapse programmed into the microprocessor can ensure that the exit message is played only when there has been a predetermined lapse time between the entrance and exit of the trainee. Modes that are provided by different combinations of these features are determined by a mode switch that is operable by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: James S. KONG
  • Publication number: 20140311415
    Abstract: An excrement detection system of this disclosure includes: an excretion information acquiring apparatus acquiring excretion information indicating whether a pet in a living space has performed excretion; a toilet observing apparatus observing inside of a pet toilet to acquire toilet information regarding inside of the pet toilet; an excretion information processing unit determining whether the pet has performed excretion based on the excretion information; a toilet information processing unit determining whether the pet is in the pet toilet based on the toilet information; an excretion position determining unit determining that the pet has performed excretion outside of the pet toilet when determined that the pet has performed excretion and that the pet is absent from the pet toilet; and a notifying unit notifying a pet's owner that the pet has performed excretion outside of the pet toilet when determined that the pet has performed excretion outside of the pet toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toru TANIGAWA, Yoshihiro KOJIMA, Ryuji INOUE
  • Publication number: 20140174369
    Abstract: Toilet equipment (1) for domestic animals, includes: (i) a frame/container (2) including an element for attaching same to a supporting structure, and together defining a recess (6) provided with elements (8) for spraying water and a collection and discharge unit (11) including a recovery tub (12) provided with a system for connecting same to a wastewater network or to a collector (13) via a discharge device (14), such as a pump or valve, which is built into the frame/container; (ii) a front movable panel (3) for enabling a pivotal movement between a closed and an open position in a horizontal or substantially horizontal plane by biasing a hinge (18) having a horizontal axis; and (iii) elements (22, 25) for providing a seal between a peripheral rim (5) of the recess of the frame/container and a peripheral edge (17) of the movable panel when the latter is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SPARTEL ENGINEERING
    Inventors: Gerard Bernal, Carmen Challier
  • Patent number: 8757094
    Abstract: A device comprising: a support base and an chamber, located on the support base, having an entry opening so that an animal can enter and exit the chamber; wherein the chamber includes an axis of rotation that forms an angle of about 80 degrees or less with a vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Automated Pet Care Product, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Baxter, Jason Smith
  • Patent number: 8746178
    Abstract: An automated feeding station feeds an animal in a feeding event. An automated collection system, such as a urine collection system, fecal collection system, or combination urine/fecal collection system, collects and excrement from the animal in an excrement elimination event. The feeding event and excrement elimination events provide insights into the health of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hayden Greene, Kimberly Marie Adams, Charlie Thomas Goubeaux, Susan C. Manos
  • Patent number: 8613259
    Abstract: A dust-free litter box system for capturing stray particles generated when a pet uses a litter box features an inner tray with a plurality of slots. A fan notch is centrally located in a posterior tray wall for receiving a fan assembly. The inner tray features motion sensors connected to a power source. An air tube assembly is located around an outer perimeter of the inner tray close to an inner tray top edge. The air tube assembly features perforated tubing connected to the plurality of slots and an air tube manifold connected to a fan shroud. A fan aperture is centrally located in a posterior outer tray wall for receiving a fan filter and a protective grill. The inner tray is located in the outer tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas G. Pharo
  • Publication number: 20130192530
    Abstract: A litter box for pets is provided having a container defined by a bottom and side walls and a germicidal ultraviolet light lamp positioned parallel to the bottom of the container and around the interior peripheral edge of the container, whereby the light from the lamp has an unobstructed path to the absorbent granular material in the container. The interior surface of the container is reflective to maximize the incident UV light treating the granular material. A motion detector may be provided to turn the lamp off and on when a pet approaches the litter box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Stewart Jeffrey LOVENVIRTH
  • Patent number: 8434426
    Abstract: A pet toilet providing a system where waste is “flushed” into a removable waste reservoir to eliminate waste and pet odors. The pet toilet can include a concave basin, a grating system, a removable water reservoir, and one or more flush tubes. The concave basin can be removably coupled to supporting legs, and can include a drainage hole. The grating system can include one or more grating sections disposed on the concave basin. The removable waste reservoir can be positioned beneath the concave basin and can include an opening aligned with the drainage hole of the concave basin. The removable water reservoir can be connected to one or more flush tubes via a valve. At least one of the one or more flush tubes can be coupled to the concave basin to expel water directly into the concave basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Livingston Smith, William Alan Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8347819
    Abstract: A litter box for pets is provided having a container defined by a bottom and side walls and a germicidal ultraviolet light lamp positioned parallel to the bottom of the container and around the interior peripheral edge of the container, whereby the light from the lamp has an unobstructed path to the absorbent granular material in the container. A motion detector may be provided to turn the lamp off and on when a pet approaches the litter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Stewart Jeffrey Lovenvirth
  • Publication number: 20120186525
    Abstract: A method and system is provided that controls pet access to various different locations and/or objects. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides an automated system whereby pets wearing an ID tag are allowed access to various locations and/or objects, such as food contained within a feeder dish for example, while a sensor system, responding to the presence of other animals or people, causes the device to close preventing unauthorized access thereto. The feeder further includes one or more sensors using ultrasonic, infrared technology or both in combination for the identification of both tagged and non-tagged animals or children. Further embodiments employ the system to control access to litter boxes, pet toys, pet watering systems, pet gate access, pet containment systems or pet doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: VET INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Jalbert, Troy A. Hexter, Michael D. Morrissey
  • Patent number: 8196547
    Abstract: An animal potty chair, particularly for a dog or cat, is to be used indoor and/or outdoor to aid civilization of domestic animals and to improve quality of life for millions of families with animals. The animal potty chair comprising: (1) a defined space with a surrounding wall-like structure with a one-way entry and one-way exit mean for an animal to release waste to a designated area without leakage to the outside of the top part of the potty chair; (2) a downwards operable mesh surface of the potty chair for an animal to stand on safely and to release waste within a protective space; (3) a fitting-sealing-fixing adaptor between the potty chair and a toilet, which is to fix the potty chair onto the toilet and to prevent leakage of the animal waste; (4) an easy cleaning container for holding animal waste, and (5) a signal system comprising a trigger mean to open the mesh and to flush the toilet by an animal with its body weight. The method on how to use the animal potty chair is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Devin Ru Liu, James Zhou Liu
  • Publication number: 20120048211
    Abstract: A device provides positive reinforcement and treats for a domesticated animal urinating in a predetermined location. The positive reinforcement includes a message from the owner. A treat is exposed after the owner's message is played to further reward the animal. Absorbent paper is used at the predetermined location for collecting the urine and activating the voice and treat bowl. After a preset time, the used absorbent paper is removed and new absorbent paper is provided automatically. Another version includes a device that uses a single sheet of absorbent paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Perry D. McElroy, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120012063
    Abstract: A pet toilet providing a system where waste is “flushed” into a removable waste reservoir to eliminate waste and pet odors. The pet toilet can include a concave basin, a grating system, a removable water reservoir, and one or more flush tubes. The concave basin can be removably coupled to supporting legs, and can include a drainage hole. The grating system can include one or more grating sections disposed on the concave basin. The removable waste reservoir can be positioned beneath the concave basin and can include an opening aligned with the drainage hole of the concave basin. The removable water reservoir can be connected to one or more flush tubes via a valve. At least one of the one or more flush tubes can be coupled to the concave basin to expel water directly into the concave basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew Livingston Smith, William Alan Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20110146580
    Abstract: A method and system is provided that controls pet access to various different locations and/or objects. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides an automated system whereby pets wearing an ID tag are allowed access to various locations and/or objects, such as food contained within a feeder dish for example, while a sensor system, responding to the presence of other animals or people, causes the device to close preventing unauthorized access thereto. The feeder further includes one or more sensors using ultrasonic, infrared technology or both in combination for the identification of both tagged and non-tagged animals or children. Further embodiments employ the system to control access to litter boxes, pet toys, pet watering systems, pet gate access, pet containment systems or pet doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: VET INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Jalbert, Michael D. Morrissey, Troy A. Hexter
  • Patent number: 7958846
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic device and method for disposing of animal waste. The device and method utilizes an absorbent pad that is automatically advanced and seals upon itself with an adhesive and/or projections to prevent excrement and odors from exiting the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Barry Askinasi
  • Publication number: 20110120383
    Abstract: An automated feeding station feeds an animal in a feeding event. An automated collection system, such as a urine collection system, fecal collection system, or combination urine/fecal collection system, collects and excrement from the animal in an excrement elimination event. The feeding event and excrement elimination events provide insights into the health of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hayden Greene, Kimberly Marie Adams, Charlie Thomas Goubeaux, Susan C. Manos
  • Publication number: 20100313818
    Abstract: A self-cleaning litter box (50) provides various advantages over the prior art. In particular, in one embodiment, the self-cleaning litter box (50) is configured to use a one piece litter cartridge (20) having a litter compartment (26) and a waste compartment 24. In another embodiment, the cartridge (20) is non-compartmentalized. In another embodiment, the system includes a rake assembly (56) configured with a drive assembly (58) that is protected from waste contamination. In accordance with the invention, the self-cleaning litter box (50) is configured to be used with all types of litter including crystal type litter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Lucky Litter LLC
    Inventors: Alan Jay Cook, Kristin William Grube, Thomas Edward Devlin, Jeff Reed Greason, Kart Thatcher Ulrich, Nathan Thatcher Ulrich, Chi Lam Yau
  • Publication number: 20100258056
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Gizmo Comfort Station, an animal toilet which automatically cleans and collects animal excrements; the Gizmo Comfort Station allows animals to relieve in a flexible schedule, and relieves humans/owners from daily pet waste cleaning and allows a sanitary way of cleaning and collecting excrements. The Gizmo Comfort Station comprises of a toilet body having an excrement receptacle space and an opening for extending to the excrement receptacle drawer; step plate covers, for moving left/right from the center of the opening of the toilet body in order to open/close the opening; a cover driving unit, which is positioned in the toilet body, for driving the step plate covers in a left/right direction; and an excrement transfer apparatus, which is installed at both sides of the toilet body, for moving excrements of pet animals towards an end of the step plate cover in order for excrements to drop into the excrements receptacle drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Kee Seon HONG
  • Publication number: 20100206244
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an animal potty chair, particularly for a dog or cat, to be used indoor and/or outdoor to aid civilization of domestic animals and to improve quality of life for millions of families with animals. The animal potty chair comprising: (1) a defined space to guide an animal to release waste to a designated area; (2) a supporting mean covered with a mesh for an animal to stand and to release waste (3) a sealer-adaptor of the toilet; (4) a receptacle mean for animal waste; (5) a sensor to monitor an animal to come to a designated place; (6) a signal to indicate that an animal is/was at a designated place. The current invention has caused the revolutionary transformation of a pet from an accident-causing animal to a civilized non-human member of the family. There will be no more wet urine paw tracks left anywhere in the owner's house. Solid wastes stay on the top of the mesh, semi-liquid or loose feces fall into the toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventors: Devin Ru Liu, James Zhou Liu
  • Publication number: 20100180830
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable deodorizing air treatment device adaptable for use in a litter box. The device is activated by the presence of the animal in the litter box. After the animal uses the box, the device intakes dirty air, treats it with odor-absorbing activated carbon and optionally fragrance, expelling clean unscented or scented air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Charles F. Fritter, James Siacunco
  • Publication number: 20100147226
    Abstract: A coded pet specific proximity sensor incorporates a specific coded sensor or transmitter which is removably worn by or attached to a pet. The sensor limits or encourages access of the pet to certain pet items, such as feeding dishes, pet doors, litter boxes, pet toys, pet beds, etc. These pet items comprises corresponding tags which read when the pet is in proximity of them. The sensors can be preprogrammed to let pets access these items at certain times of day only or they can be individually coded to let only certain pets access them in multiple-pet homes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Steven Tsengas
  • Patent number: 7647889
    Abstract: A litter box has two unit assemblies and a waste receptacle. The first unit assembly has an unenclosed litter compartment; a compartment to temporarily hold filtered litter; and a pivotally mounted screen that filters out waste material from the litter. The second unit assembly is a support base having a motor mounted thereto that manipulates the first unit assembly, and contains a motion sensor and controller. The first unit assembly is partially rotated by the motor which causes litter and waste to move away from the litter compartment towards the temporary compartment. The screen filters litter and waste only allowing filtered litter to enter the temporary receptacle, forcing waste solids to pass by the temporary compartment into the waste receptacle. The motor reverses, and the filtered litter in the temporary receptacle is communicated back into the litter compartment by passing through and under or back through the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry Horanoff
  • Publication number: 20090250012
    Abstract: An automated feeding station feeds an animal in a feeding event. An automated collection system, such as a urine collection system, fecal collection system, or combination urine/fecal collection system, collects and excrement from the animal in an excrement elimination event. The feeding event and excrement elimination events provide insights into the health of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hayden Greene, Kimberly Marie Adams, Charles Thomas Goubeaux, Susan C. Manos
  • Publication number: 20090241850
    Abstract: A pet waste collection system comprising a frame, a mounting bracket, a spool, and a sensor. The frame defines a floor with a first end and a second end. The floor may be configured to receive waste from a pet. The mounting bracket may be located on the first end of the floor and configured to receive a wrapper cartridge. The spool may be located on the second end of the floor and configured to allow a film to be drawn from the wrapper cartridge across the floor and to roll the film around the spool. The sensor is configured to detect the presence of pet waste at the film proximate the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Leslie L. Campbell, John Silvestri, Maidam Krishnachaitanya, Ying Xiong
  • Patent number: 7594480
    Abstract: A system for lining a container or the like containing an absorbent, utilizing the liner to contain and direct a treatment fluid into the absorbent to disinfect and renew. A complimentary system to the present invention teaches a deodorization, disinfectant, treatment bin for treating litter infused with animal waste, which treatment bin includes a treatment area utilizing ozone to contain and treat the contaminated litter, rendering same re-useable. The system of the present invention further contemplates an ozone generator having a timer circuit for providing a flow of ozone to the apparatus of the present invention, the ozone generator further contemplating as exemplary features a timer apparatus for providing optimal treatment, as well as a proximity sensor system for sensing the presence of an animal in the litter area, for controlling the ozone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventor: Laura Sutis Cressy
  • Publication number: 20090064940
    Abstract: A system for lining a container or the like containing an absorbent, utilizing the liner to contain and direct a treatment fluid into the absorbent to disinfect and renew. A complimentary system to the present invention teaches a deodorization, disinfectant, treatment bin for treating litter infused with animal waste, which treatment bin includes a treatment area utilizing ozone to contain and treat the contaminated litter, rendering same re-useable. The system of the present invention further contemplates an ozone generator having a timer circuit for providing a flow of ozone to the apparatus of the present invention, the ozone generator further contemplating as exemplary features a timer apparatus for providing optimal treatment, as well as a proximity sensor system for sensing the presence of an animal in the litter area, for controlling the ozone generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Laura Sutis Cressy
  • Patent number: 7490578
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing odor from animal deposits includes a container with an opening and with a germicidal emission device connected to the inside of the container such that no germicidal emissions are directed at the opening. A power source is connected to the germicidal emission device. A motion detector is connected inside the contained such that the motion detector detects motion through the opening outside of the container and further where the motion detector is connected to the power source and to the germicidal emission device such that the motion detector turns on the germicidal emission device when no motion is detected inside or outside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Kleen Kat Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Alan Mottard
  • Patent number: 7458336
    Abstract: There is disclosed an animal identification, feeding and entry control system based on a radio frequency identification (RFID) system including an animal collar-mounted RFID tag, and RFID circuitry including a single antenna housed within a bezel placed forward of and surrounding the entry aperture to optimize signal reception. The bezel shape allows only one animal to enter at a time. To conserve power, the circuitry is only activated when an animal pushes against a door within the device, triggering a switch mechanism. A circuit-controlled latch prevents animals from opening the door unless a code match is detected between the programmed code in the tag and a stored code in the circuit controlling the system. Multiple codes may be stored for identifying multiple animals wearing collars tagged with unique identifying codes. The system's applications include but are not limited to controlling animal entry to feeding enclosures, human housing and animal housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Philip Stephen Eu
  • Publication number: 20080196671
    Abstract: Described is an animal waste product notification device for detecting the occurrence of an animal excreting animal waste product at a defined location, containing the waste product such that the animal cannot track the waste product from the defined location, and notifying a local or remote individual of the occurrence. The animal waste product notification device includes a grate, a bin, and a notification device. The grate includes a detector that is responsive to fluidic animal waste product such that when the waste product passes through apertures defined by the grate, the detector generates a detection signal. When the detector generates the detection signal, the notification device notifies a user of the animal waste product notification device. The bin defines a receptacle that receives the waste product after it passes through the grate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ricky L. Dukes, Albert L. Lee
  • Publication number: 20080178817
    Abstract: This modular animal toilet assembly system has portable components, and is flushed by various fluids, gravity, flush valve, and air pressure means to public sewage systems, slurry or septic tanks. Some of the fluids include: water, oil, alcohol, anti-freeze, but are not limited to these. It can discharge into waste disposal means, such as, composting, incinerating, dehydrating, recycling or chemical or mechanical treatment. System components share, standardized, connectable, interfaces. Portable components include: toilet bowl fixture, having drainpipe trap, trap door, or sealing means; animal support platforms, having inserts with variously-shaped apertures, through which wastes pass; pipes for fluid intake and outlet. Platforms with inserts support various animals, while allowing animal waste to pass through apertures via gravity and flushing. Activators for flushing include: manual lever and animal-activated means, such as pressure-activated hydraulic system and photoelectric solenoid sensor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2004
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Marsha Beth Brewer
  • Patent number: 7290499
    Abstract: A self-cleaning pet litter box has a conveyor to incrementally transport clumped litter material and solid pet waste to a waste receptacle. The conveyor has one end configured to extend into a pet litter container of the self-cleaning litter box and an opposite exit end. The conveyor is configured for reciprocating movement to lift the clumped litter material and solid pet waste from below, transport it some distance along the conveyor, place the material down again, return to its original position, and repeat the motion again to incrementally move the material along the conveyor toward the exit end for subsequent disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Richard H. Emery
  • Patent number: 7261058
    Abstract: An apparatus for a self-cleaning litter box having a control system for a mechanical self-cleaning mechanism. The litter box has a turret carrying a rake. The box includes an animal sensor that detects the presence of an animal in the box. A specified time after the animal leaves the box, the turret sweeps the rake through the litter, picks up the collected waste, and carries it to a waste bin, where the waste is dumped. The litter box is controlled by a processor executing a software program that monitors the instruments and sensors and controls the turret and rake motors. The software, in various embodiments, controls the rake motor and turret motor to execute a scoop sequence, a startup sequence, and a go home sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Gillis, Byron Hourmand
  • Patent number: 7258076
    Abstract: The circular animal toilet enclosure of this invention has a bottom section removably coupled to a rotatable flywheel floorboard, a cover cylinder removably coupled to the bottom section, a top section removably coupled to the cover cylinder, and a controller for the enclosure. The rotatable flywheel floorboard has pivoting serrated portions for grinding excreta while the floorboard is rotating. The cover cylinder has fixed serrated portions aligned with the pivoting serrated portions for grinding excreta while said floorboard is rotating. The cover cylinder also has at least one door, and at least one shower head in fluid communication with a water supply, an upper ring, waste collection tube, and a second drive motor. The upper ring is in fluid communication with both the rotatable flywheel floorboard and the waste collection tube. The waste collection tube is in fluid communication with a sewer. The second drive motor is removably coupled to the rotatable flywheel floorboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Clarence Leroy Gantt
  • Patent number: 6938579
    Abstract: A pet toilet suitable for use indoors, including a housing having electronic sensors built within the walls of the housing, which in operation, the electronic sensors are adapted to determine the ingress and egress of a pet, after which the sensors automatically relay a signal to flush the housing via conventional household drains. The drain of the housing is covered by a moveable drain cover or plate controllable by the sensors. The pet toilet further includes water and electricity supply lines and feeds such water and electricity through suitable water distribution and electronic distribution lines which are within the walls of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: William R. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 6857391
    Abstract: The animal toilet enclosure has a bottom section removably coupled to a floorboard section, a cover section removably coupled to the floorboard section, and a controller for the enclosure. The bottom section has a bowl with an outlet in fluid communication with a grinding device and a sewer. The floorboard section has multiple floorboards each coupled with a, floorboard axle having either an active or passive rotating mechanism. The cover section has a sliding door, a hinged top, multiple vertical walls, and at least one shower head in fluid communication with a water supply. The enclosure is controlled by sensors and a pre-programmed activation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Clarence Leroy Gantt
  • Patent number: 6561131
    Abstract: A pet toilet preferably includes a litter chamber with a sculptured end and a tapered end. A mechanism preferably moves the litter chamber to a vertical position to meet a stationary vertical lid for cleaning. When the lid and the litter chamber are together, an airtight seal is created. The sculptured end is at the top of the litter chamber and the tapered end is at the bottom of the litter chamber when the litter chamber is in a vertical position. A blade, found at the lowest point of the tapered end, cuts and agitates the waste collected by gravity at this lowest point. Water, added to the vertical litter chamber through an inlet and holes around the blade, floats the waste to the top of the litter chamber. The sculptured end catches floating waste and directs it out of the pet toilet through an exit pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Steven Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6463881
    Abstract: An animal litter device includes a chamber that is rotatable about a generally horizontal axis, the chamber having a first-rotation position and a second-rotation position. An internal portion of the chamber is disposed at a bottom of the chamber when the chamber is in the its first rotation position whereat the chamber is usable by an animal, and this internal portion of the chamber is disposed generally at a top of the chamber when the chamber is in its second rotation position whereat the chamber is not usable by an animal. A dump opening is located at a second portion of the chamber, the dump opening being located at or near a top of the chamber when the chamber is in its first-rotation position, and being located at a bottom of the chamber when the chamber is in its second-rotatable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Donald D. Reitz
  • Patent number: 6457435
    Abstract: A pet toilet for use indoors. The pet toilet has electronic sensing detection devices built within its parallel walls of a housing. Such electronic sensing detection devices determine the pet's entrance and leaving. Once the pet leaves the housing, the system flushes. The pet toilet is attached to conventional household drains. The water is supplied by a water supply line and feeds such water through water distribution lines which are embedded in the parallel walls of the housing. The invention also encompasses a manual flush button in case the pet owner wishes to flush the system manually, and also the housing comprises a water spray assembly to effectively clean the housing with a hand-held spray device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Anthony Bridges
  • Patent number: 6453844
    Abstract: A disposal system for animal waste includes a housing having upstanding walls defining an entranceway and a floor which slopes downwardly and rearwardly from a forward edge at the entranceway to a rear edge. A collection groove or trough extends transversely of the floor at the rear edge and is provided with a bottom surface which slopes downwardly to a disposal pipe. The pipe in turn is connected to an electrical pump which is adapted to move waste from the collection groove to a sewer. Preferably the pump is provided with macerator blades which will macerate or comminute the solid waste to improve its flowability to the sewer. The floor is provided with a plurality of generally parallel grooves in the upper surface thereof, which grooves collect liquid waste and allow it to flow downwardly to the collection groove without much liquid remaining on the upper surface of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventors: Walter James Janzen, Robert Gerald Connell
  • Patent number: 6286459
    Abstract: A circular cat litter container where a sieving mechanism is attached to a rotatable ring atop the container. The circular motion of the ring moves the sieve throughout the entire contents of the litter container capturing any solid waste that is too large to pass through the sieve. The sieve mechanism has axis of movement such that the sieve can be folded out of the way of the contents of the container when the sieve is not in use. The container and sieving mechanism are designed such that the sieve automatically moves into a scooping position when the ring is rotated in a clockwise motion. Conversely, when the ring and sieve are rotated counterclockwise, the sieve automatically is placed in an “out of the way” or resting position. The sieving mechanism is removably attached to the rotatable ring such that the sieve serves to act as a litter scoop to remove and discard the solid waste material found in the litter container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Michael J. Parr
  • Patent number: 6286457
    Abstract: A self-cleaning cat litter box has the ability to automatically filter and separate clumped soiled litter and fecal matter from clean litter. The apparatus includes a rotatable drum, a spiral filter within the drum, and a stationary back plate. The drawn has front and back walls, and the front wall has a front opening which permits access and egress by a domestic pet. The back wall has a first opening for both the removal of soiled litter and the addition of clean litter. The spiral filter is slotted, and is mounted on the inner surface of the drum. The stationary back plate is parallel to the plane of the back wall and has a second opening which permits the passage of soiled litter away from the drum, and a third opening to permit the passage of clean litter into the drum. The drum is rotated by a suitable drive, which can be electively actuated by a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Andy Sugahara