Having Paper-related Component Patents (Class 119/172)
  • Patent number: 11284600
    Abstract: An animal litter composition having reduced adhesive properties, and a related method, are disclosed. The animal litter can include a clay-based liquid absorbing material, a filler including one or both of the following: a non-absorbent, non-soluble substrate; an absorbent substrate, and at least one oil present in an amount such that the animal litter composition has a total oil content of about 1.0% by weight to about 7.5% by weight based on the total weight of the animal litter composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond S. Brown, Richard D. Miller, Roger Bruno
  • Patent number: 11246285
    Abstract: Provided is a bedding and a bedding product that in addition to having good hygroscopicity and cushioning characteristics are suited to the hole-digging behavior of animal pets and that can be manufactured at low cost without the need to carry out molding into special shapes. It comprises a plurality of fragments 11 of deciduous hardwood pulp sheeting; both faces of fragments 11 have convexities and concavities produced by indentation and cracking; sectional faces of fragments 11 are covered by pulp fibers that protrude from the fragment interior; density of bedding 1 is 0.03 g/cm3 to 0.06 g/cm3; and the constitution is such that fragments 11 within bedding 1 display a particular size distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: JOYU PULP Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ikawa
  • Patent number: 10806121
    Abstract: An animal litter composition comprising 2-methylbut-2-enal is described for the modification and reduction of dominant behaviors in household animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Sergeant's Pet Care Products, LLC
    Inventors: John McGlone, Mark Levin
  • Patent number: 10701892
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically flushing urine from a pet litter box are disclosed. In one embodiment, the system and method may be directed to a combination of a urine-separating pet litter box with odor controlling conditionally non-absorbent litter and an automatic flushing device. The urine-separating pet litter box includes an upper litter tray with a perforated bottom and a lower liquid holding tank, which holds water inside. The lower liquid holding tank is connected to water intake pipes and a drainpipe and flushes the urine and holding water and fills freshwater in the lower liquid holding tank by detecting a water level of the holding water in the lower liquid holding tank with sensors. The flushing was performed by using a Venturi pump effect to control two electrical valves open or close. In some embodiment, Sodium Sesquicarbonate (SSC) may be used as conditionally non-absorbent litter for complete disposal of feces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Wm Dale Brown
  • Patent number: 10563118
    Abstract: Methods of treating subterranean formations, and compositions, systems and methods for performing the methods. A method of treating a subterranean formation, including obtaining or providing a composition that includes an alkenoate ester. The composition also includes at least one of a dialkenyldihydrocarbylammonium halide and an N,Ndihydrocarbyl-substituted alkenamide. The method also includes placing the composition in a subterranean formation downhole. Methods of treating a subterranean formation using a composition including a polymer that is a reaction product of a mixture including an alkenoate ester and at least one of a dialkenyldihydrocarbylammonium halide and an N,N-dihydrocarbyl-substituted alkenamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Loan K. Vo
  • Patent number: 10525444
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus is an apparatus for manufacturing a water absorption treatment material that is composed of a plurality of grains that bond to each other upon absorbing a liquid, and includes a granulation machine and a pressure application machine. The granulation machine forms a substantially cylindrical granule that constitutes each of the grains by granulating a granulation material. The pressure application machine applies pressure to the granule formed by the granulation machine from a longitudinal direction of the granule so as to reduce the length of the granule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DAIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junji Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 10251368
    Abstract: Animal litter is provided, namely litter that may be utilized by small animals, such as cats, rabbits, and other animals that use litter for urination and defecation therein. The litter comprises all-natural ingredients and is biodegradable, is environmentally-friendly, dust-free, odorless, effectively clumps when used for urination or with other fluids, and does not stick to paws or fur. Methods of making and using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Gail Bolka
  • Patent number: 10098317
    Abstract: A litter and litter making method producing cat litter from a carbohydrate starch-containing cereal grain, e.g., corn, based admixture extruded from a single screw or twin screw extruder forming pellets having a clumping agent formed during extrusion composed at least in part of carbohydrate polymer binder. Each pellet is extruded under conditions that cause formation of carbohydrate polymer binder clumping agent at least some of which is water soluble. One preferred method of extruding cat litter causes starch dextrinization to occur such that at least some of the carbohydrate polymer binder clumping agent in each pellet is formed of dextrin. Each pellet can be coated such as with a smectite that preferably is bentonite. During use, pellet extrusion formed clumping agent in a pellet wetted with urine dissolves and flows in between and along adjacent pellets causing them to clump together without the presence of any clumping agent additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, L.L.P.
    Inventors: John M. Lipscomb, Scott Repinski
  • Patent number: 9883653
    Abstract: A litter composition is used in the absorption of animal wastes with aqueous content in the waste. The composition may include: a particulate water-absorbing solids carrier; two solid particles of separate salts that will react in the presence of water to generate molecular iodine; and a solid acid releasing system that releases acid in the presence of the water generating iodine in sufficient amount to maintain a pH of between 3.5 and 7.5 with the reacted residue of the two solid particles and the released acid in the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph L. Provenzano, Mark A. Litman, Kenneth R. Code
  • Patent number: 9743637
    Abstract: An excrement-treating material has a core part, and a surface layer bonded to the core part by utilizing the adhesion ability of a water-absorbable polymer in the surface layer without using an adhesive. The excrement-treating material suitably exerts the water absorbability and water transport ability inherent to the surface layer. The excrement-treating material is constituted by incorporating pulverized water-absorbable polymer particles of 20 ?m to 50 ?m, and adding water to the surface of the core part after granulation to noncontinuously form a highly-wet part; reacting a water content in the highly-wet part and the pulverized water-absorbable polymer to noncontinuously form an adhering part; and bonding the surface layer to the core part through the adhering part. Upon absorption of excreted urine, permeation of the urine into the core part is accelerated in a part other than the adhering part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: PEPARLET CO., LTD., UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shotaro Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9737047
    Abstract: A method for the treatment, control, minimization, and/or prevention of bovine mastitis including the step of introducing animal bedding into a stall of a cow, wherein the animal bedding includes at least one solvent, and a lignocellulosic fiber, wherein the lignocellulosic fiber has been processed by ruminant digestion and anaerobic digestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CCD Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Carey J. Boote
  • Patent number: 9332727
    Abstract: Animal bedding having one or more solvents and a lignocellulosic fiber, wherein the lignocellulosic fiber has been processed by ruminant digestion and anaerobic digestion. A method for preparing pelletized animal bedding is also disclosed including the steps of providing excrement from a cow which has undergone ruminant digestion, introducing the cow excrement into an anaerobic digester, modifying the cow excrement to a first wet product, drying the first wet product to generate a first dry product, and densifying the first dry product to, in turn, generate pelletized animal bedding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CCD Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Carey J. Boote, Russ Malek
  • Patent number: 9320259
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for preparing antimicrobial material. The method comprises heating material comprising wood or bark or material derived therefrom, under conditions sufficient to render the material antimicrobial. The invention also relates to antimicrobial materials prepared by such methods, and to various uses of the antimicrobial materials, for example in reducing microbial activity in animal bedding, such as that which is used in poultry farming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
    Inventors: Franciscus Antonius Anna Maria De Leij, Mina Kalantarzadeh, Tony Hutchings
  • Patent number: 9301492
    Abstract: A method of making a clumping cellulosic animal litter with enhanced clumping rate and improved flushability when spent using cellulosic granules to about 1%-5% by weight of an inner coating of a polyacrylate is first applied and then to which about 1%-4% by weight based on the weight of the granules of an outer coating of guar gum and/or guar gum substitute is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KADANT GRANTEK INC.
    Inventors: Ricky L. Yoder, Robert V. Wiedenhaft
  • Publication number: 20150128869
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a lightweight hybrid clumping animal litter made from organic core particles combined with small amounts of clumping agent, and methods for making the litter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Sorptek, LLC
    Inventors: Marvin L. Raymond, David J. Tooker
  • Publication number: 20150075439
    Abstract: An animal litter sand that effectively prevents scattering of particles without increasing the weight or density of the litter sand. The animal litter sand includes particulates each of which is configured in a manner so as to contain a particle substrate configured from an inorganic porous material, a hydraulic solidification material, and a water-soluble thickener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sogou, Takayuki Matsuo
  • Publication number: 20150047571
    Abstract: A pad for absorbing liquid waste from animals, said pad comprising: a absorbent layer, said absorbent layer having a pair of opposing sides, said absorbent layer comprising a composite material comprising recycled paper and a crystalline amphoteric compound in powder form; and a substrate layer, said substrate layer comprising a liquid impermeable material, said substrate layer attached to one of said opposing sides of said absorbent layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Linda Mast
  • Publication number: 20140261210
    Abstract: Animal bedding having one or more solvents and a lignocellulosic fiber, wherein the lignocellulosic fiber has been processed by ruminant digestion and anaerobic digestion. A method for preparing pelletized animal bedding is also disclosed including the steps of providing excrement from a cow which has undergone ruminant digestion, introducing the cow excrement into an anaerobic digester, modifying the cow excrement to a first wet product, drying the first wet product to generate a first dry product, and densifying the first dry product to, in turn, generate pelletized animal bedding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Carey J. Boote, Russ Malek
  • Patent number: 8820265
    Abstract: Described herein are various apparatus and systems useful in sensory discrimination. Through the use of a multi-well sample plate, the high-throughput analysis apparatus and method allow for rapid sensory discrimination of a large number of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Opertech Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Kyle Palmer, F. Raymond Salemme
  • Publication number: 20140238306
    Abstract: A standardized nesting material for use in laboratory environments for rodents includes a latrining substrate, and at least one bale unit formed to include a fibrous scaffolding material, and an insulating material. The bale units are of standardized size and can be packaged and sterilized to provide improved wellbeing of the animals; reduced feed and labor costs; and improved scientific quality of the studies conducted on the animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Joseph P. Garner, Amy C. Lossie
  • Publication number: 20140190420
    Abstract: The present invention provides an excrement treatment material capable of being treated by a water-disintegration treatment after use. The excrement treatment material contains a water retaining material including at least one material of papers, fibers, woods, plants, plastics, rubbers, organic sludge and animal waste, an adhesive and a water absorbing resin, and is formed in a granular shape, wherein the water retaining material has a grain size of 0.6 mm or less, and the adhesive is contained in an amount of 5 wt % to 20 wt % with respect to a total weight of the excrement treatment material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ito
  • Patent number: 8726839
    Abstract: A pet excreta treating material made mainly of a ground material of plant origin and having a higher water absorbency in the third measurement than in the first measurement, a water absorbency of 3% to 30% by weight in the third measurement, and a specific gravity of 0.8 to 1.2 measured before the first water absorbency measurement. The water absorbency is measured by immersing a dried excreta treating material in 25° C. water for 3 seconds and calculating the weight increase by the equation below, which is taken as water absorbency (%). In the second and following measurements, the excreta treating material immediately after the preceding measurement is dried and immersed in 25° C. water for 3 seconds to obtain a water absorbency in the same manner. Water absorbency (%)=[(weight of excreta treating material after immersion?weight of excreta treating material before immersion)/(weight of excreta treating material before immersion)]×100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Yamamoto, Yasuki Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Yamada
  • Publication number: 20140069347
    Abstract: An animal litter with increased moisture retention and accelerated absorbency, a method of manufacture and method of use for indoor urine and feces disposal. An animal litter with a greater surface area and higher moisture retention intended for animals as small as mice, gerbils and hamsters, as well as larger domestic animals. The animal litter is a paper and wood composition treated with a surfactant, which increases moisture retention four to five times its weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: PROFILE PRODUCTS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: KEVIN S. SPITTLE, JAMES D. TANNER
  • Publication number: 20140060444
    Abstract: A bedding material for use in small animal cages or the like comprises a hydrophilic cellulose fiber paper coated with a hydrophobic polypropylene coating. The bedding material is made from a combination of one or more of unused coffee filter paper and tea filter paper, air laid materials, and rayon which is shredded to produce a bedding material of a preferred size and texture. The material has a wet strength that keeps the fiber paper from fusing together when exposed to fluids but rather causes the fluids to wick out over a relatively large area for the bedding material to quickly dry. This prevents the buildup of ammonia and other unwanted odors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: American Wood Fibers
    Inventor: Edward F. Owens
  • Patent number: 8601981
    Abstract: An animal litter with increased moisture retention and accelerated absorbency, a method of manufacture and method of use for indoor urine and feces disposal. An animal litter with a greater surface area and higher moisture retention intended for animals as small as mice, gerbils and hamsters, as well as larger domestic animals. The animal litter is a paper and wood composition treated with a surfactant, which increases moisture retention four to five times its weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Profile Products L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Spittle, James D. Tanner
  • Patent number: 8578888
    Abstract: An animal excrement disposal sheet that can reduce an area of excrement diffusing on a surface of the sheet. The animal excretion disposal sheet includes a liquid-permeable top sheet, a liquid-impermeable back sheet, and an absorbent layer disposed between the top sheet and the back surface sheet that includes a water absorbent resin and a hydrophilic fiber, in which the absorbent layer further includes a hydrophobizing agent having a higher affinity to the hydrophilic fiber than to the water absorbent resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Komatsubara, Takeshi Ikegami
  • Patent number: 8573664
    Abstract: A cover for use with a pet barrier having a frame with first and second ends includes a body portion sized and shaped to cover at least a portion of the frame and first and second attachment members defined on the body portion. The first attachment member is sized and configured to be releasably secured to one of the first and second ends of the frame, and the second attachment member is sized and configured to be releasably secured to the other of the first and second ends of the frame. The cover further includes a closure assembly configured to selectively secure the second attachment member to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Beechie
  • Publication number: 20130220228
    Abstract: An animal litter is provided for simultaneously delivering urine-absorbent and mental-stimulating properties of the litter. The litter includes in combination a plurality of urine-absorbent particles forming a litter particulate component and a plurality of unfoldable polymeric cylinders constituting a polymeric cylinder component and intermixed with the urine-absorbent particles. The polymeric cylinders have a mean cylinder height of between 1 and 30 millimeters, a ratio of cylinder height to cylinder diameter of 1:1 to 12:1, and a strip length to cylinder height ratio of greater than 10:1. The litter particulate component is present relative to the cylinders in a volume ratio of 1:1 to 25:1. A process is further provided to mental stimulation and boredom reduction of a caged animal. The process includes providing the animal with the above inventive litter and allowing sufficient time for the animal to unfold a portion of the polymeric cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: The Andersons, Inc.
    Inventor: The Andersons, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8464500
    Abstract: A process and system reprocesses soiled animal bedding material commingled with animal manure. The material is to remove a preponderance of the manure. The remaining soiled bedding is washed in water and a cleaning agent, rinsed and, optionally, bleached to restore color and appearance. The resulting material is dewatered and dried to reduce its moisture content and kill any remaining pathogens. After being cleaned and sanitized, the material may be reused as bedding or further processed into pellets or other products, such as manufactured fire logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Shelly Ann Townsend
  • Publication number: 20130112150
    Abstract: An absorbent material which may be used for animal bedding or litter, is made up of pellets of cellulosic fiber having a bulk density of 95 to 350 kg/m3. The cellulosic fiber may be reclaimed from the waste stream of a paper product manufacturing. The pellets may have a diameter of 3 to 12 mm and a length of 3 to 36 mm. For use as a cat litter, the pellets may have a density of 240 to 305 kg/m3 For use as a small animal litter, the pellets may have a density of 160 to 225 kg/m3. The pellets have a very low amount of inorganic material, typically less than 10% or less than 5% by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ABSORPTION CORP.
    Inventor: ABSORPTION CORP.
  • Publication number: 20120260859
    Abstract: An animal litter is provided for simultaneously delivering urine-absorbent and mental-stimulating properties of the litter. The litter includes in combination a plurality of urine-absorbent particles forming a litter particulate component and a plurality of unfoldable polymeric cylinders constituting a polymeric cylinder component and intermixed with the urine-absorbent particles. The polymeric cylinders have a mean cylinder height of between 1 and 30 millimeters, a ratio of cylinder height to cylinder diameter of 1:1 to 12:1, and a strip length to cylinder height ratio of greater than 10:1. The litter particulate component is present relative to the cylinders in a volume ratio of 1:1 to 25:1. A process is further provided to mental stimulation and boredom reduction of a caged animal. The process includes providing the animal with the above inventive litter and allowing sufficient time for the animal to unfold a portion of the polymeric cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: The Andersons, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Theis, Ted A. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8205576
    Abstract: An animal litter is provided for simultaneously delivering urine-absorbent and mental-stimulating properties of the litter. The litter includes in combination a plurality of urine-absorbent particles forming a litter particulate component and a plurality of unfoldable polymeric cylinders constituting a polymeric cylinder component and intermixed with the urine-absorbent particles. The polymeric cylinders have a mean cylinder height of between 1 and 30 millimeters, a ratio of cylinder height to cylinder diameter of 1:1 to 12:1, and a strip length to cylinder height ratio of greater than 10:1. The litter particulate component is present relative to the cylinders in a volume ratio of 1:1 to 25:1. The litter provides mental stimulation and boredom reduction of a caged animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: The Andersons, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Theis, Ted A. Weaver
  • Publication number: 20120137982
    Abstract: Granulized litter compositions comprising a natural organic litter substrate for absorbing urine or other liquid. In order to improve the wicking ability of such “green” litter granules, which are initially slow to absorb liquid, the litter composition further includes a wicking agent to more quickly wick urine or other liquid into the natural organic litter substrate, where it is absorbed. In one embodiment, the wicking agent is provided as granules separate from the natural organic litter granules. In another embodiment, the wicking agent comprises a coating applied over at least some of the natural organic litter granules. The presence of the wicking agent advantageously improves the ability of urine or other liquid to be quickly absorbed so as to minimize and/or prevent any pooling that would otherwise occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew J. Skulan
  • Patent number: 8181602
    Abstract: Bedding material for livestock is produced by extruding straw through a conventional cubing system rather than a conventional pellet mill. The cubing process generates friction in turn changing the properties of the straw making the straw particles highly absorbent. The cubing process allows for greater particle size in the finished product as compared to pellets produce in a conventional pellet mill. The process involves the following: shredding the straw to proper size, cubing the straw into cubes and flakes, cooling, storing and packaging. The cubing process requires 40% less energy based on throughput of finished product, thus making the material more affordable to larger farming operations. Some other properties include a higher bulk density than large conventional bales or wood shavings, less dust when applying, a pasteurized product, easier to handle and spread compared to straw bales, wood shavings and sawdust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Prairie Bio-Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle Gauthier, Maria Gala, Eugene Gala, Stephane Gauthier
  • Publication number: 20120103268
    Abstract: A bedding material for use in small animal cages or the like comprises a hydrophilic cellulose fiber paper coated with a hydrophobic polypropylene coating. The bedding material is made from a combination of one or more of unused coffee filter paper and tea filter paper, air laid materials, and rayon which is shredded to produce a bedding material of a preferred size and texture. The material has a wet strength that keeps the fiber paper from fusing together when exposed to fluids but rather causes the fluids to wick out over a relatively large area for the bedding material to quickly dry. This prevents the buildup of ammonia and other unwanted odors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: AMERICAN WOOD FIBERS
    Inventor: Edward F. Owens
  • Publication number: 20110303157
    Abstract: A method of treating waste from poultry such as chickens in a chicken house is described wherein the method includes applying a layer of short paper fibers over a floor of the chicken house horizontally below the chickens in the chicken house, mixing manure from the chickens with the layer of short paper fibers, and removing the mixed manure and short paper fibers from the chicken house. The manure is turned with the layer of short paper fibers such that the manure and the short paper fibers are intimately mixed together. The removed mixture can be spread over land as fertilizer, mulch, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph W. Laubenstein
  • Publication number: 20110232578
    Abstract: Absorbent pads comprising a filler material containing reclaimed pre-consumer cellulosic fluff and super absorbent polymer, preferably in combination with reclaimed corrugate filler as a supplemental absorbent. A method for making the subject training pads is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Robert T. Duke, Matt McMahan
  • Publication number: 20110088631
    Abstract: Edible synthetic padding material is provided for mice and/for rat in laboratories. The edible synthetic padding material includes a major ingredient, a minor ingredient and adhesive. The major ingredient is made of edible natural fibers. The minor ingredient is made of nature elastic fibers. The adhesive is used to bond the major and minor ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Ming Yi HSIEH, Chuan Jih Tsai
  • Patent number: 7905987
    Abstract: A method for making an animal bedding fiber product, the method includes providing fiber from paper sludge, formulating the fiber in a mixture including a first desiccant agent including ash, so as to form a friable aggregate. Further, a fiber product including at least one short paper fiber from a secondary fiber, one or more inorganic fillers including kaolin clay; and a first desiccant agent including ash. Further still, a heatless process for making a fiber product including providing fiber from paper sludge, formulating the fiber in a non-active heat generating mixture including a first desiccant agent including ash, so as to form a waste fiber product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20110023788
    Abstract: A cover for use with a pet barrier having a frame with first and second ends includes a body portion sized and shaped to cover at least a portion of the frame and first and second attachment members defined on the body portion. The first attachment member is sized and configured to be releasably secured to one of the first and second ends of the frame, and the second attachment member is sized and configured to be releasably secured to the other of the first and second ends of the frame. The cover further includes a closure assembly configured to selectively secure the second attachment member to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Beechie
  • Publication number: 20100242849
    Abstract: A pet bedding designed to allow for easy and convenient clean-up of animal excreta. It is biodegradable and designed with the dimensions of corresponding pet cages found in pet shops. The design consists of two layers of white cotton cloth filled with wood pulp. The top layer of cloth is perforated with evenly-spaced, holes. The top layer of cloth is sewn to the bottom layer using cotton thread. This product is useful because it eliminates the intense physical labor associated with replacing traditional loose pet bedding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Brent Alexander Newton, Tasia Michelle Newton
  • Publication number: 20100192867
    Abstract: Bedding material for livestock is produced by extruding straw through a conventional cubing system rather than a conventional pellet mill. The cubing process generates friction in turn changing the properties of the straw making the straw particles highly absorbent. The cubing process allows for greater particle size in the finished product as compared to pellets produce in a conventional pellet mill. The process involves the following: shredding the straw to proper size, cubing the straw into cubes and flakes, cooling, storing and packaging. The cubing process requires 40% less energy based on throughput of finished product, thus making the material more affordable to larger farming operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Danielle Gauthier, Maria Gala, Eugene Gala, Stephane Gauthier
  • Patent number: 7757638
    Abstract: Disclosed is an animal litter that includes a palm oil residue, possibly in combination with another absorbent material such as whole ground grain, virgin germ, seed meal, spent germ or clay. The palm oil residue may be palm kernel cake, palm oil sludge, or palm pressed fiber. Also disclosed are a method for removing animal waste and a process for preparing an animal litter. The method for removal of animal waste includes allowing an animal to excrete waste into a container that includes a litter, the litter comprising a palm oil residue. The process for preparing an animal litter comprises combining the materials that make up the litter to form the litter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Sarjit Johal, Thomas A. Wiesner, Thomas L. Small
  • Publication number: 20100136128
    Abstract: An odor control fragrant additive comprises compacted pellets or granules infiltrated with fragrant oil. Cellulosic material, activated carbon and binder are mixed together and compacted to produce compacted pellets or granules. The cellulosic material preferably is peat moss, which swells up during absorption of fragrant oil and acts as fragrant oil storage. Fragrant oil is delivered to activated carbon that has large surface area, which evaporates the fragrance oil to release steady fragrance output. Thus, the activated carbon, which evaporates fragrance provides steady release of fragrance in the surrounding environment of fragrant compacted pellets or granules for a period of several months without overpowering the environment with excess fragrance. The fragrant compacted pellets or granules may be used to suppress malodor from trashcans or litter boxes and may provide stand-alone additions to drawers and cabinets, emitting pleasant fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Marni Markell Hurwitz, Ernest D. Buff
  • Publication number: 20100006035
    Abstract: An animal litter with increased moisture retention and accelerated absorbency, a method of manufacture and method of use for indoor urine and feces disposal. An animal litter with a greater surface area and higher moisture retention intended for animals as small as mice, gerbils and hamsters, as well as larger domestic animals. The animal litter is a paper and wood composition treated with a surfactant, which increases moisture retention four to five times its weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: PROFILE PRODUCTS L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Spittle, James D. Tanner
  • Patent number: 7540261
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for accurately dispensing, monitoring, quantifying, and controlling liquids provided to one or more animals. In some embodiments, a standalone apparatus having a local user interface is coupled to a liquid source and drinking assembly to monitor, quantify, and control the liquid consumption of one or more specific animals. In other embodiments, multiple standalone apparatuses are each coupled to a liquid source and a respective drinking assembly to monitor, quantify, and control the liquid consumed through the respective drinking assembly. In this scenario, each of the standalone apparatuses shares one or more common remote user interface panels. In yet another embodiment, standalone apparatuses are networked to other standalone apparatuses. User workstations and central control panels resident on the watering apparatus network, or a third-party network interfaced to the network, allow liquid consumption to be monitored, controlled, and quantified both locally and remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Life Science Control Corporation
    Inventors: John Harold Nardine, III, Darrell Lawrence Iehle, Carol Ann Novotney
  • Patent number: 7478610
    Abstract: A cat litter product is provided and includes manufacture primarily from modified corn starch which is processed through mash distillation. The litter product is pelletized via an extrusion technology process so as to form particles the size of wheat grain. The litter product provides, collectively, a non-toxic and naturally safe, biodegradable, odor-eliminating, scented, anti-bacterial litter that clumps in a convenient size for easy disposal and which has little dust and reduces tracking by cats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: OurPet's Company
    Inventors: Steven Tsengas, John S. Teuscher
  • Publication number: 20080210173
    Abstract: An animal litter with increased moisture retention and accelerated absorbency, a method of manufacture and method of use for indoor urine and feces disposal. An animal litter with a greater surface area and higher moisture retention intended for animals as small as mice, gerbils and hamsters, as well as larger domestic animals. The animal litter is a paper and wood composition treated with a surfactant, which increases moisture retention four to five times its weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: PROFILE PRODUCTS L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Spittle, James D. Tanner
  • Patent number: 7407610
    Abstract: Particulate absorbent materials having a size and bulk density range that is conducive to provide a litter for animals that do not bury their eliminations. Where the granular material is sufficiently large and dense to not be discharged from a bin containing the granular material. Each granule has a smooth exterior that will not hang on to the hair or hide of the animal discharging their eliminations. Furthers the granules are of sufficient size and weight to not get stuck in the footing of the animal. The preferred characteristics of the material is having a width of 6 mm-12 mm and having an aspect ratio substantially between 1-1 and 1-6 where the granular substance has a bulk density greater than 12 pounds per cubic foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Doug E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 7392765
    Abstract: A biodegradable absorbent mat for absorbing and containing moisture including debris from pet feet, consisting of a bottom layer formed of an organic absorbent mesh composite, a top layer affixed and overlying said bottom layer, having an alternating combination of stitched paper ruffles and helically intertwined brush fibers. The organic mesh composite may be burlap or paper, treated with starch for rigidity, and then coated with a natural gum or latex to enhance friction grip and provide a moisture barrier. The configuration of the stitched paper ruffles, provide maximum exposure of the cut linear edges of the ruffles to a pet's feet. The cut linear edges wick away moisture increasing the rate of absorbency. The stitched paper ruffles provide increased capacity for absorbency and debris containment. The helically intertwined brush fibers primarily remove debris from pet feet, and also provide a secondary function of containment of debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Terry R. Lingmann