With Feeding Or Watering Means Patents (Class 119/475)
  • Patent number: 9095120
    Abstract: A pet kennel is described. The pet kennel includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion and the lower portion join together to define a pet chamber to house a pet. The upper portion includes a cooling media compartment above the pet chamber. The cooling media compartment is in fluidic communication with the pet chamber to provide hydration to the pet housed in the pet kennel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Pet Cooler Carrier, LLC
    Inventor: Craig Skaggs
  • Publication number: 20130263794
    Abstract: An automatic animal watering system has a manifold for transporting drinking water, a controlled volume dispenser in the manifold for receiving a volume of drinking water, an inlet valve, and an outlet valve. A plurality of drinking valve assemblies is provided in fluid communication with the manifold between the inlet and outlet valves. A fluid sensor, capable of responding to changes in one or both of the water volume and pressure, is provided in the manifold between the inlet and outlet valves. The volume of drinking water available to the drinking valve assemblies can be regulated as a function of time to limit maximum potential leakage. The system also includes a controller receiving signals from the fluid sensor and generating a response to changes in the monitored water volume or pressure, thereby limiting potential water leakage in the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Randal S. Knurr, Patrick G. Pieters, Russell F. Kuzniar, Paul S. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130160716
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventor: Innovive, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8316802
    Abstract: An animal cage box has a grommet for passing a watering conduit through a box side wall. The grommet is removably attachable at an opening through the side wall, using a non-round configuration by which the grommet is aligned for insertion into a non-round opening, and turned to hold the grommet in place. A flange on the grommet body rests against one face of the side wall. The non-round configuration includes one or more tabs that can be cut from the flange and are displaced axially by a distance equal to the side wall thickness. A hinge flap that can be grasped in the fingers helps to hold, align, insert or remove and twist the grommet relative to the side wall. The disclosed arrangement further minimized the cost of using inexpensive disposable cage boxes because relatively expensive grommets, for example of stainless steel, can be cleaned and reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Thoren Caging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Hallock
  • Patent number: 8215265
    Abstract: An animal compartment assembly that has a roof that is supported by a sidewall. The sidewall has a door therein that is slidably within the sidewall. A floor supports the sidewall to complete the structure. There is a storage chamber that is disposed within the sidewall and has a door that opens to provide access to the storage chamber from outside the sidewall wherein items for the animal can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Jason W. Oedekoven, James D. Heald
  • Patent number: 8196549
    Abstract: The assemblies of the invention are suitable for mounting to, or being an integral part of, an animal enclosure such that the height of a valve-controlled liquid outlet may be adjusted according to the changing needs of growing animals. The adjustable liquid delivery assemblies comprise an elongated rail, a liquid delivery unit having at least one liquid delivery head slideably engaged with the elongated rail, a flexible liquid delivery tube for connecting a liquid delivery head to a liquid source, and a means for securing the liquid delivery unit at a selected position on the elongated rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Merial Limited
    Inventor: John Seagraves
  • Patent number: 8151733
    Abstract: A filter top assembly for a cage, wherein the assembly includes a bonnet having a perforated top wall to protect filter paper placed above the top wall. The perforations may be small enough to prevent an animal from getting a purchase position and spaced apart sufficiently to prevent the animal from biting the spacing between the perforations. The bonnet may also include one or more elevated ribs to retain the filter paper suspended above the bonnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park, Curtis Miller, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer, Dale Murray, Arleen Murray, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20110297098
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Thomas M. Perazzo, Matthew D. d'Artenay, Francesca McGuffie
  • Publication number: 20110132272
    Abstract: A disposable rodent cage used in both static and/or ventilated cage and rack systems, wherein the disposable cage includes a cage bottom. The cage may further be provided with a grommet disposed on the cage bottom and a bonnet constructed and arrange to fit over the cage bottom. The bonnet may further include a feeding and watering assembly. The cage may further include a filter cover that may be placed over an opening in the bonnet to cover the feeding and watering assembly. The bonnet may also include one or more elevated ribs disposed thereon to create an air seal when it is inserted into a canopy of a rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: George S. GABRIEL, Neil E. CAMPBELL, Rodney E. GERRINGER, Edward K. ELDRETH, Lynn IRWIN, Chinsoo PARK
  • Patent number: 7891318
    Abstract: A pet food/beverage dispensing apparatus includes; a vertical positioning member configured to at least partially surround at least one substantially vertical fixing member, a height extending portion coupled to the vertical positioning member via a refastenable connector, and a dish receptacle which is configured to retain a dish and is coupled to the height extending portion, wherein the vertical positioning member and the height extending portion are configured to substantially fix the dish receptacle in a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen Wilson
  • Publication number: 20100326365
    Abstract: An animal cage box has a grommet for passing a watering conduit through a box side wall. The grommet is removably attachable at an opening through the side wall, using a non-round configuration by which the grommet is aligned for insertion into a non-round opening, and turned to hold the grommet in place. A flange on the grommet body rests against one face of the side wall. The non-round configuration includes one or more tabs that can be cut from the flange and are displaced axially by a distance equal to the side wall thickness. A hinge flap that can be grasped in the fingers helps to hold, align, insert or remove and twist the grommet relative to the side wall. The disclosed arrangement further minimized the cost of using inexpensive disposable cage boxes because relatively expensive grommets, for example of stainless steel, can be cleaned and reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: William J. Hallock
  • Publication number: 20100175631
    Abstract: The Pet Window together with apparatuses improves the animal's habitat And reduces the caretakers time. Improved animal care reduces bacteria And the contamination to other pets and humans. Healthy pets promotes More loving caretakers and socially balanced pets. Simplified housing Installation connects the caretakers living space to the animals living Space further promoting healthy interaction relationship. The window control panel allows adequate transfer of conditioned air from the human side to the animal side. Both size and type of animals are accommodated Utilizing the same principle design. Unlimited by shape, size, conditions And geophysical locations this habitat is tailored for new facilities, existing Facilities and installations not requiring a window. The thermal insulated Habitat utilizes a climate door or doors enabling a variety of controls for Temperature, lighting, feeding, cleanliness, mobility, audio, video, and Interaction with the host family.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Ted Arthur Bennatt
  • Patent number: 7748346
    Abstract: A feeding chamber is reached by an ascending ramp and an entrance passage, the top of said feeding chamber being defined by a first grid through which feed descends into said feeding chamber and the floor of said feeding chamber being defined by a second grid which allows food to fall from within said feeding chamber into a spillage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Morehouse School of Medicine
    Inventors: Jacqueline Hibbert, Phouyong Sayavongsa
  • Publication number: 20090223461
    Abstract: A multi-compartment pet training system includes a front compartment joined to a rear compartment to define a passage therebetween such that the pet may move freely between the front compartment and the rear compartment. The front compartment includes a front door for ingress and egress of the pet between a surrounding area and the front compartment. The front compartment provides an area in which the pet may eat, drink and sleep. The rear compartment is configured to allow the pet to carry out urinary and/or fecal elimination while its owner is away. As such, the pet may be trained to utilize the rear compartment for carrying out waste elimination activities while utilizing the front compartment for all other activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Douglas P. Trunnell, Becky L. Trunnell
  • Publication number: 20090223462
    Abstract: An animal water supply system includes disposable containers such as plastic bags that can be supplied in bulk in sterile form and filled under a change hood or other sanitary environment using a filling machine located in the sanitary environment. The containers preferably comprise plastic bags configured to be suspended from a hanger of a bag filling machine. The machine's hanger is preferably configured to support a plastic bag during both bag filling and the subsequent insertion of a watering valve into the bag. The bag is further configured to permit its placement in or on a conventional cage while protecting the tearable material of the bag from the animal. If desired, a liner can be provided to further protect and support the bag or other container on a wire bar lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: David W. Handley, Randal S. Knurr
  • Publication number: 20090114164
    Abstract: A pet showcase to raise small pet animals including rabbit, bird, chameleon, lizard, or insects that can be inlaid onto a wall or a cabinet and held tightly to the wall or the cabinet or simply placed in a living room to appreciate the pet through a glass door panel of the pet showcase for the pet showcase to be further infused in the setup of the living room and present an integrated aesthetic sense with the wall or the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Chi-Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 7458338
    Abstract: A feeder apparatus comprises a plurality of walls defining a feeder body, mounting structure, and a feed holder. The feeder body is hingedly, optionally hingedly and/or removably, mounted to the mounting structure. In some embodiments, the feeder apparatus further includes a blocking plate which is hingedly, optionally hingedly and removably, mounted to the mounting structure. One or more of the feeder body walls and the feed holder have cooperating sliding structures, enabling the feed holder to be slidingly received into, and/or removed from the remainder of the feeder apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Adam's Specialty Products, LLC
    Inventor: Adam J. Keller
  • Publication number: 20080282991
    Abstract: A temporary dog-confining device is provided for public use. Structurally, the device includes an enclosure formed from front, rear, and opposed side walls. For use, the rear and side walls are covered with screens to provide shade in the enclosure. Further, the enclosure includes a roof covered with a canopy for shading the enclosure. Also, the front wall defines an opening that is selectively closed by a door. In order to secure a dog within the enclosure, the device includes an assembly for locking the door in a closed configuration. Specifically, the locking assembly is operable by a user after a required payment. Moreover, the device includes a separately-accessible compartment mounted within the enclosure to house a fluid container for providing water to a dog in the enclosure. Importantly, that compartment is secured by a fastener that is operated independently of the locking assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Suzan Kimberly Krasoff
  • Publication number: 20080236509
    Abstract: An installation for supplying liquid feed to an animal, such as a calf. The installation comprises one or more feed loading places (1) and one or more feed unloading places (2-5), and one or more vehicles (9) that are autonomously displaceable, controlled by a microprocessor or the like, between one or more feed loading places and one or more feed unloading places, each vehicle comprising a drinking nozzle (10), such as a flexible teat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: MAASLAND N.V.
    Inventor: Karel VAN DEN BERG
  • Patent number: 7392763
    Abstract: A birdcage feeding device is provided with a seed chamber, seed cup, and method of attachment. The feeding device comprises an opening that may be opened or closed in order to displace seeds from a feeding chamber to fill a seed cup. The seed cup is designed to be shallow such that seeds do not get buried under layers of empty shells and hulls. The seed cup also has high rear and side walls to guard seeds from being scattered outside by birds. The feeding device may be closed to allow a user to remove the seed cup, without removing the device, for cleaning. A method of attachment is also described that allows the device to be on the outside of the birdcage while being secured from the inside of the cage, thus allowing for easy refilling of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: JW Pet Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Willinger, Klaus Woltmann
  • Patent number: 7322314
    Abstract: An insulated animal enclosure configured to be conveniently maintained at a cool and comfortable interior temperature. The insulated animal enclosure includes an inner habitat and an outer housing. The cuter housing includes an opening configured to receive the inner habitat therein and substantially surrounds the inner habitat at a spaced-apart distance thereof. Cooling means are placed within the spaced-apart distance between the outer housing and the inner habitat to assist in maintaining a controlled temperature environment. The inner habitat additionally includes an opening therein to allow an animal to enter and exit the structure at will.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Linda J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 7055462
    Abstract: A feeder apparatus comprises a plurality of walls, mounting structure and a feed holder. The plurality of walls communicates with the mounting structure to accommodate mounting the feeder apparatus on the outside of an animal confinement structure, e.g. a cage. One or more walls of the feeder body and the feed holder have cooperating sliding structures, enabling the feed holder to be slidingly received into, and/or removed from the remainder of the feeder apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Adam's Specialty Products, LLC
    Inventor: Adam J. Keller
  • Patent number: 6983721
    Abstract: A method for facilitating the delivery of water to a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages, for housing animals for an animal study, the method including; providing a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages for an animal study at a laboratory facility site, and disposing a bag forming apparatus at a clean side of a laboratory washroom at the laboratory facility site, wherein the bag forming apparatus is capable of providing sealed bags of water for use in the cage level barrier-type cages. The method can further include providing bag material to the laboratory facility site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hydropac/Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Publication number: 20040231611
    Abstract: An animal enrichment device for use in an animal cage having a cage bottom, the cage bottom having a peripheral lip with recesses defined therein. The enrichment device can comprise a floor on which the animal may perch, a first set of opposing walls extending up from the floor and a second set of opposing walls extending up from the floor. A flange portion can be disposed at the top of each of the first set of opposing walls, each flange portion having a top surface. The flange portions are dimensioned and shaped so that when the animal enrichment device is disposed in the cage bottom, the flange portions can be received in the recesses defined in the peripheral lip of the cage bottom such that the top surface of each of the flange portions is flush with the peripheral lip of the cage bottom, and wherein the floor of the enrichment device is positioned above the floor of the cage bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Lynn Irwin, Dale Murray, Rodney Gerringer, Chinsoo Park, Neil E. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6783021
    Abstract: An animal feed apparatus comprises in combination, a circular container having a peripheral sidewall closed by a bottom panel, and at a top end outwardly extending with an integral lip. An interior surface of the sidewall is formed with an inwardly directed slope, and a lid provides an annular lip having a pair of annular, outwardly facing and outwardly extending, spaced apart ribs positioned for intimate frictional contact with the sloped sidewall of the container and adapted for vacuum engagement with the container so as to seal an interior space of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Kamaljit S. Kaura
  • Patent number: 6766768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an animal cage for containing animals having a wire bar lid configured to fit on top. The wire bar lid has a perimeter portion with a first support portion and a second portion. The first support portion has a first top side and a first bottom side. The second inner portion has a second top side and a second bottom side. A plurality of longitudinal wire bars are also provided where the longitudinal wire bars are connected directly to the second bottom side of the second inner portion of the perimeter portion in a single welding procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Ver Hage Enterprises
    Inventor: Richard P. Ver Hage
  • Patent number: 6748901
    Abstract: An animal in a pen is fed by a drop tube from a raised supply system to a position at or adjacent the floor or a trough at the floor. A spout at the bottom of the drop tube extends at an angle to the tube for discharging the feed in a direction to one side of the drop tube depending upon an angular orientation of the drop tube about a vertical axis of the drop tube. A clamp for attaching the drop tube to the wall of the pen includes co-operating indexing adjustment components including a stud mounted on the tube and grooves in the top surface of the clamping band which can be adjusted to provide a plurality of indexed angular orientations of the tube about the axis for locating the direction of discharge of the spout at specific indexed locations relative to the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Cryatla Spring Colony Farms Lt.
    Inventor: Jonathan Kleinsasser
  • Patent number: 6488045
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing the water supply manifold assures adequate alignment of the apertures at each water supply location by forming a single through-hole entirely through the header tube at each water supply location for the insertion of a water supply tube through the thus-formed apertures in the header tube. A preferred method includes forming a plurality of through-holes completely through a piece of a cylindrical tube stock at axially-spaced locations along the tube stock, thereby forming a header tube having at least two rows of apertures in which each aperture is aligned with another, circumferentially opposed aperture. A supply tube is inserted through a pair of circumferentially opposed apertures such that opposed ends of each supply tube protrude beyond said header tube. A fitting is mounted over each end of said supply tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Edstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Edstrom, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6418961
    Abstract: A water supply manifold can be manufactured easily and inexpensively while simultaneously providing an improved connection of manifold components to one another. The water supply manifold, or at least each section thereof, includes (1) a header tube that is configured to extend longitudinally along a support surface such as a shelf and (2) fittings that are mounted on the header tube in a spaced-apart relationship relative to one another. In a preferred embodiment in which the water supply manifold is intended for use in an animal water supply system, two opposed fittings may be provided on opposite sides of the header tube at each water supply location so as to permit two rows of cages to be mounted back-to-back on each shelf of a cage and rack system. In this case, a single supply tube may extend completely through the header tube at each water supply location and receive a respective fitting at each of two outlet ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Edstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Edstrom, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6397782
    Abstract: A butterfly rearing kit including an enclosure in which metamorphosis of a butterfly larva or butterfly chrysalis into a butterfly can be carried out. Basically, the kit includes first and second transparent plastic domes having open bases that can be releasably fastened together to form an enclosure. The enclosure may be supported by a third dome secured to the enclosure with the open base extending downwardly or on a rod extending out through said second dome. In one embodiment, a cup is provided for a butterfly larva with a cap to which the larva attaches the hanging chrysalis. The cap can be removed from the cup and placed over an opening in the top of the enclosure, so that final metamorphosis to a butterfly occurs in the enclosure. The kit preferably includes a moss like material along the bottom of the enclosure and butterfly larva food where the process starts with a larva.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventors: Eric S. Cope, Susan S. Cope
  • Patent number: 6390022
    Abstract: A water tank for supplying water to a caged animal includes a cylindrical container having an open upper end and a threaded lower neck opening. The upper opening is provided with a hinged, flip-top closure for easy filling, the closure being open to ambient air pressure. Joined to the lower neck opening is a dispenser assembly that includes a threaded cap received on the threaded neck, and dispenser tube extending obliquely from the bottom of the cap. Within the dispenser tube, a stainless steel valve assembly is secured, and a valve stem assembly extends to the lower opening of the dispenser tube. An animal may use its tongue to depress the valve stem assembly and cause a small amount of water to flow gravitally from the tank through the tube to the animal. The displaced liquid is replaced by air flowing into the non-sealed top opening, so that there is no retrograde air flow through the valve assembly to introduce contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Lixit Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Eichler, Jack Looney
  • Patent number: 6360689
    Abstract: An indoor elevated cat feeder that has a platform to support a cat, food, and water. It also has walls to protect the cat from annoyance by a dog, but has no roof or has a roof that may be opened so that a person may pet the cat while the cat is on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Pamela F. Weinert
  • Patent number: 6341581
    Abstract: A rodent cage including a cage bottom having a plurality of integral side walls, a floor and an open top end. A peripheral lip extends continuously around the top end. A pair of recesses are disposed on the peripheral lip. A feeder assembly has a frame and at least one section descending therefrom. The frame has pair of flanges extending therefrom so that when the feeder assembly is disposed in the cage bottom the pair of flanges are mated with the pair of recesses, respectively. A bonnet is dimensioned in size for sealing the top end of the cage bottom. A lock is disposed on the bonnet for preventing rodents housed in the cage from displacing the bonnet from the cage bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Albert P. Ruggieri, John E. Sheaffer, Dale Murray, Eric A. Deitrich, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer
  • Patent number: 6336427
    Abstract: A rodent cage including a cage bottom having a plurality of integral side walls, a floor and an open top end. A peripheral lip extends continuously around the top end. A pair of recesses are disposed on the peripheral lip. A feeder assembly has a frame and at least one section descending therefrom. The frame has pair of flanges extending therefrom so that when the feeder assembly is disposed in the cage bottom the pair of flanges are mated with the pair of recesses, respectively. A bonnet is dimensioned in size for sealing the top end of the cage bottom. A lock is disposed on the bonnet for preventing rodents housed in the cage from displacing the bonnet from the cage bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Albert P. Ruggieri, John E. Sheaffer, Dale Murray, Eric A. Deitrich, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer
  • Patent number: 6336425
    Abstract: A rodent cage including a cage bottom having a plurality of integral side walls, a floor and an open top end. A peripheral lip extends continuously around the top end. A pair of recesses are disposed on the peripheral lip. A feeder assembly has a frame and at least one section descending therefrom. The frame has pair of flanges extending therefrom so that when the feeder assembly is disposed in the cage bottom the pair of flanges are mated with the pair of recesses, respectively. A bonnet is dimensioned in size for sealing the top end of the cage bottom. A lock is disposed on the bonnet for preventing rodents housed in the cage from displacing the bonnet from the cage bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Albert P. Ruggieri, John E. Sheaffer, Dale Murray, Eric A. Deitrich, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer
  • Patent number: 6302059
    Abstract: An animal containment system includes a cage with a lid and a water flask. The water flask has a generally rectangular footprint and sits on top of the cage, preferably on the lid itself. A sipper tube connected to a port on one of the sides of the water flask can be inserted through a hole in the cage lid to a height sufficient for the animals in the cage to reach up to obtain water. The lid of the cage preferably includes a recessed portion in which at least a portion of the water flask is disposed. The water flask includes a bottom surface that is sloped to facilitate emptying of the flask into the sipper tube. The water flask has a relatively low profile and thus, contributes very little to the height of the cage. Thus, existing rack designs can be used to house the same number of cage and water flask assemblies of the present invention as was possible with conventional isolation cage and water bottle designs. Further, the water flask can be replaced without having to remove the lid of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventors: Robert E. Faith, Josh S. Meyer, Eric A. Dietrich, John Sheaffer
  • Patent number: 6227146
    Abstract: A filter bonnet for an open-top cage includes: a filter top adapted to cover the open top of the open-top cage. The filter top has a body portion with a perforated top wall and side walls extending therefrom forming an open bottom end. A shield is permanently affixed to the top wall and disposed within an area defined by the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Lab Products Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, John E. Sheaffer, Dale Murray, Lynn Irwin
  • Patent number: 6158388
    Abstract: A device for providing water to young birds and fowl. The waterer is attached to a cage for the birds and includes a bottle which can be detached for cleaning or replacement and reattached when full without any spillage. The device also includes a removable piece for the prevention of drowning of certain types of game birds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas W. Wenstrand
  • Patent number: 6142100
    Abstract: A water and/or liquid foodstuff dispenser for small pets which comprises a container having, at a bottom thereof, a dispensing device which is constituted by a tubular element arranged at an obtuse angle with respect to a longitudinal extension of the container, with a flanged tang which is hermetically connected to the container, and is provided with a free end which is perimetrically folded inwards and internally provided with a flow control element which is pushed closed by a spring, a stem of the control element protruding outside the free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Marchioro S.p.A. Stampaggio Materie Plastiche
    Inventor: Domenico Marchioro
  • Patent number: 6112701
    Abstract: An animal containment system includes a cage with a lid and a water flask. The water flask has a generally rectangular footprint and sits on top of the cage, preferably on the lid itself. A sipper tube connected to a port on one of the sides of the water flask can be inserted through a hole in the cage lid to a height sufficient for the animals in the cage to reach up to obtain water. The lid of the cage preferably includes a recessed portion in which at least a portion of the water flask is disposed. The water flask includes a bottom surface that is sloped to facilitate emptying of the flask into the sipper tube. The water flask has a relatively low profile and thus, contributes very little to the height of the cage. Thus, existing rack designs can be used to house the same number of cage and water flask assemblies of the present invention as was possible with conventional isolation cage and water bottle designs. Further, the water flask can be replaced without having to remove the lid of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventors: Robert E. Faith, Josh S. Meyer, Eric A. Dietrich, John Sheaffer
  • Patent number: 6044796
    Abstract: Apparatus for separating seed from husks which consists of one or more separating units. Each separating unit includes a series of impact plates fixed at angles with respect to each other and to the vertical axis. In use, the seed and husks fall freely under gravity to impact and deflect off the impact plates along a path determined by the angles of the plates and the weight of the seed and husks. The deflection path differs such that seed and husks can be collected separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Richard Douglas Ireland
  • Patent number: 6041741
    Abstract: A rodent cage including a cage bottom having a plurality of integral side walls, a floor and an open top end. A peripheral lip extends continuously around the top end. A pair of recesses are disposed on the peripheral lip. A feeder assembly has a frame and at least one section descending therefrom. The frame has pair of flanges extending therefrom so that when the feeder assembly is disposed in the cage bottom the pair of flanges are mated with the pair of recesses, respectively. A bonnet is dimensioned in size for sealing the top end of the cage bottom. A lock is disposed on the bonnet for preventing rodents housed in the cage from displacing the bonnet from the cage bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Albert P. Ruggieri, John E. Sheaffer, Dale Murray, Eric A. Deitrich, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer
  • Patent number: 5924384
    Abstract: A combination food and liquid dispenser for an animal cage including a first compartment and a second compartment being in vertical relation to each other. The second compartment is constructed to receive food therein and provide an animal access to the food item disposed therein and the first compartment is constructed to receive a liquid container therein and provide an animal with access to the liquid container disposed in the first compartment. A bracket assembly is affixed to the dispenser and supports the dispenser within the cage on less than four side walls thereof. A filter cap for the animal cage includes a body portion dimensioned to fit upon and cover over the top of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Deitrich, John E. Sheaffer
  • Patent number: 5893338
    Abstract: An animal housing including a housing top, a housing bottom with a perforated floor, and a skirt. The skirt is configured so as to receive and support the housing bottom. A pan is disposed within the skirt such that the perforated floor of the housing bottom allows dander, urine and feces to drop therethrough onto the pan, and the pan is insertable into and removable from the skirt without disturbing the remainder of the animal housing. The animal housing further includes negative air flow means communicating with the skirt to produce a gas flow from the skirt to the negative air flow means. The animal housing may also include a frame and a bottle. The bottle includes a mouth having at least one lateral interior flange and at least one lateral exterior flange extending from the outer circumference thereof, and the frame includes a panel having at least one bottle-receiving aperture for receiving the mouth of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventors: Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, James Best
  • Patent number: 5823144
    Abstract: A cage and rack system includes at least one cage, a shelf, and a water docking system that holds the cage in the position on the shelf in which a cage-mounted animal watering valve is coupled to a water manifold so as to assure the supply of water to the watering valve without leakage. The water docking system includes a latch mechanism and a coupling. The latch mechanism includes a latch catch which is movable 1) from an unlatched position in which it is disengaged from the cage and permits removal of the cage from the rack 2) to a latched position holding the cage in its docked position. The coupling may comprise either a friction-fit quick-connect or a locking quick-connect coupling and includes a male fitting and a female fitting. The male fitting is designed to prevent leakage by sequentially engaging two internal seals of the female fitting so as to first seal against the female fitting and then open an internal valve element of the female fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Edstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Edstrom, Sr., Glen W. Trickle, Peter S. Planton
  • Patent number: 5803019
    Abstract: A reptile habitat assembly having a knock-down frame formed of a plurality of structural members joined by corner connectors. The rectangular framework is covered by a fabric screen enclosure having zippered flap at one end, which permits the framework to be inserted into the fabric cover as a unit the its fully assembled condition. Snap-fit, one-piece plastic floor and back panels mount to the tubular framework, and have receptacles for holding water, food, plants, and other features to create a naturalistic appearance. The screen covered frame structure is lightweight and shrinkable, using connectors between vertically-adjoining corner members, and the knock-down construction facilitates compact packaging for shipment, storage, and point of sale display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventors: Eric W. Heilborn, Michael A. Blain
  • Patent number: 5797350
    Abstract: An enclosure for small animals, such as rodents, is described wherein the enclosure is constructed of various component parts. The component parts of the enclosure can be easily replaced when either damaged or destroyed, thus eliminating the need to replace the entire enclosure. The enclosure can also be rapidly assembled and disassembled without the need for any tools or mechanical ability. The enclosure's component parts may be constructed of any suitable thermoplastic material, wherein the thermoplastic material can be either opaque, translucent, or transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5738042
    Abstract: A removable bird feeding bowl has an upper lip and a circumferential locking surface which is spaced below the upper lip. According to a first embodiment, the locking surface includes two diametrically opposed detents spaced below the upper lip of the bowl. The bowl may be used with an existing supporting ring by snapping the bowl into the ring. According to a second embodiment, the locking surface includes a helical ridge having the form of a screw thread. The bowl may be used with an existing supporting ring by placing the bottom of the bowl into the ring until the helical ridge engages the ring and then twisting the bowl so that the helical ridge makes a screw-like connection with the supporting ring. The upper lip of the bowl stops the bowl from rotating through the ring. According to a third embodiment, a removable bird feeding bowl and support ring assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Richard King
  • Patent number: 5706761
    Abstract: A system for providing water and liquid food to animals includes a container for water or liquid food, a support having an aperture for receiving the container and an elastomeric washer-like attachment having an inner wall and a spaced outer wall, the inner wall in intimate contact with the container and the outer wall having a portion extending outwardly from the container a sufficient distance to overlap the aperture in the support to thereby effectively support the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Gerald J. Mayer
  • Patent number: 5577464
    Abstract: A modular animal habitat for crawling animals, such as ferrets and lizards. The habitat includes relatively large housings and relatively smaller tubes attachable to the housing. Housings and tubes have flat rear surfaces, and either or both housings and tubes have keyhole slots for accepting common fasteners, so that a modular habitat can be mounted to a vertical surface, such as a building wall. Some tubes have right angles built thereinto, so that the final assembled habitat can span perpendicular walls. The housings are designed so that the tubes are connected to housings at the rear, so that the tubes will be located against the wall. The housings have ventilation holes lined with an absorbent material, such as charcoal impregnated fabric. The housings have food, water, and waste trays which are pulled out therefrom. The housings also have fixed and slidably opening windows for visibility and access. Friction fit connectors are provided to mate and thereby extend plural tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventors: Wayne L. Wellington, Nancy E. Wellington