With Feeding Or Watering Means Patents (Class 119/515)
  • Patent number: 9723811
    Abstract: A freestanding trough has an elongate trough body 12 and transverse restraints 14. The trough body has a bottom portion 16 integrally formed with two side wall portions 18 from a resilient semi-rigid sheet. The restraints 14 extends transversely across the inside of the trough, intermediate the ends of the trough body 23, lower than upper edges of the side wall portions but higher than the bottom portion. The side wall portions 18 are restrained from moving outward, away from a longitudinal centerline of the trough, at least in part by a tension in the restraint 14 and the side wall portions are maintained upright in part by the tension in the restraint, and in part by the resilient semi-rigidity of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Roger Kenneth Roy Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 8763561
    Abstract: An indoor livestock confinement system including a plurality of hollow plastic panels. One of the hollow plastic panels defines a U-shaped door frame. The door frame is open at the top and includes an attachment for a door at one edge. The door frame includes a reinforcement inside the panel that extends across a bottom threshold and sides of the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Lance T Hampel
  • Patent number: 8584619
    Abstract: A livestock feeding station includes an entrance raceway, an exit raceway arranged at an angle relative to the entrance raceway, and a feeder located at an intersection between the entrance and exit raceways. A feed dispensing mechanism selectively dispenses an allotted amount of feed into the feeder. A scale assembly having a platform located in the entrance raceway is used to individually weigh animals within the feeding station. The scale assembly includes a hinged scale platform to allow for easy cleaning, and a cantilevered scale platform extension that extends past an end of the entrance raceway and the feeder to provide a weighing platform assembly that continues to hold an entire animal during normal feeding functions. The scale assembly also includes a basket assembly construction to ensure that an accurate weight measurement can be made even if an animal is leaning against a back or front side of the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: George R. Eakin, Jason L. Moore, Ronald M. Thibault
  • Patent number: 8186306
    Abstract: The invention provides an indoor livestock confinement system that includes a plurality of hollow plastic panels. Each panel includes a plurality of spaced tabs at its ends. A first end of each panel includes a first set of tabs, and a second end of each panel includes a second set of tabs. Each set of tabs includes at least one tab at a top portion of the end, at least one tab at an intermediate portion of the end, and at least one tab at a lower portion of the end. The tabs of the first set are offset vertically from the tabs of the second set such that the first set of tabs of a first panel fit vertically between the second tabs of another panel when the ends of the panels are put together. Each tab includes a hole such that a rod can be inserted down through the tabs to lock the panels together. The livestock confinement system may include additional features, such as ventilation components, reinforced panels, and bucket holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Lance T Hampel
  • Publication number: 20120048206
    Abstract: A livestock feeding station includes an entrance raceway, an exit raceway arranged at an angle relative to the entrance raceway, and a feeder located at an intersection between the entrance and exit raceways. A feed dispensing mechanism selectively dispenses an allotted amount of feed into the feeder. A scale assembly having a platform located in the entrance raceway is used to individually weigh animals within the feeding station. The scale assembly includes a hinged scale platform to allow for easy cleaning, and a cantilevered scale platform extension that extends past an end of the entrance raceway and the feeder to provide a weighing platform assembly that continues to hold an entire animal during normal feeding functions. The scale assembly also includes a basket assembly construction to ensure that an accurate weight measurement can be made even if an animal is leaning against a back or front side of the station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: George R. Eakin, Jason L. Moore, Ronald M. Thibault
  • Publication number: 20110253058
    Abstract: A safety bypass gate is provided for use with a livestock management system having a sorting scale arranged between watering and feeding areas. The safety bypass gate changes from a closed position to an open position to provide an emergency exit from the watering area when a condition exists that prevents animals from passing over the sorting scale. The safety bypass gate includes a pair of pivoting gate members and a channel member that fits over the top edges of the gate members to secure them closed. The channel member is attached to a pneumatic actuator that uses air pressure to hold the channel member in its locked position, and a spring return that moves the channel member to its unlocked position upon a drop in air pressure. Springs bias the gate members from their closed positions to their open positions when the channel member moves to its unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald M. Thibault
  • Publication number: 20100242853
    Abstract: A reptile grow-out pen assembly (20) for containing a reptile, in particular a crocodile, includes an elongate container having at least one side having an opening (42) for entry of food into the container and at leat one closable and openable aperture (40f) associated with the container for entry and exit of the reptile, the container having at least a floor portion (40d) and side wall portion wherein in use of the reptile grow-out pen, at least a portion of the floor and at least a portion of the side wall are adapted to be submerged in water. Also disclosed is a reptile grow-out arrangement used for growing-out of reptiles including a plurality of enclosures (10a, 10b, 10c) each having at least one water body and a sloped reptile basking region located within the reptile enclosure and wherein the enclosures are connected so as to allow the flow of water from one enclosure to another; wherein the proportions of the enclosure are predetermined to minimise infighting amongst the reptiles therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL PTY. LIMITED
    Inventor: Grahame Webb
  • Patent number: 7685968
    Abstract: A device for placing food on a floor within reach of one or more animals that are feeding along a feeding rail. The device is mounted on or near the feeding rail and has an extendable and retractable arm connected to a plow. The arm is storable above the floor and does not have moving parts located on the floor. The device may move along the length of the feed rail, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: James E. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20090272330
    Abstract: The invention provides an indoor livestock confinement system that includes a plurality of hollow plastic panels. Each panel includes a plurality of spaced tabs at its ends. A first end of each panel includes a first set of tabs, and a second end of each panel includes a second set of tabs. Each set of tabs includes at least one tab at a top portion of the end, at least one tab at an intermediate portion of the end, and at least one tab at a lower portion of the end. The tabs of the first set are offset vertically from the tabs of the second set such that the first set of tabs of a first panel fit vertically between the second tabs of another panel when the ends of the panels are put together. Each tab includes a hole such that a rod can be inserted down through the tabs to lock the panels together. The livestock confinement system may include additional features, such as ventilation components, reinforced panels, and bucket holders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Lance T. Hampel
  • Publication number: 20090151647
    Abstract: An inflatable, multi-purpose whelping system has an inflatable pen with an inflatable, peripheral side wall attached to a bottom. A liner that drapes the interior surfaces of the inflatable pen is fastened to the pen. The inflatable, peripheral side wall comprises a plurality of discretely inflatable segments disposed one atop another to allow for height-adjustment of the inflatable, peripheral side wall. The liner has a band biasing a peripheral portion of the liner into a wall seam between adjacent segments of the inflatable, peripheral side wall. The inflatable, multi-purpose whelping system includes a feeder. A method and a kit for preparing the inflatable multi-purpose whelping system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Brenda L. Burrows
  • Publication number: 20090095227
    Abstract: The invention relates to a farrowing pen comprising an associated pigpen whose sidewalls form a feeding trough in the forward area. The sidewalls are connected to a wall either directly or via extensions while the farrowing pen is fixedly arranged on an associated prefabricated steel wall. One, two, or four respective farrowing pens can be connected to one prefabricated steel wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: CTB, INC.
    Inventor: Bernard Laake
  • Patent number: 7467599
    Abstract: A trough is disclosed for supplying piglets with mineral supplements in the suckling period. The trough is designed to awaken the piglets' curiosity and thus make them root in the bottom of the trough, where the mineral supplements are dispensed in form of a dry powder mixture, and thus reduce spillage as compared to placing the mineral supplements on the floor of the pen. During the pre-weaning of the piglets the trough can be converted to serve as a normal trough for solid feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Biofiber-Damino A/S
    Inventors: Karl J. Jensen, Frank B. Andersen, Jens K. Munk
  • Patent number: 7337746
    Abstract: A feeding station for dispensing food or water to small animals. The feeding station having two support members at an angle to one another, and a plurality of apertures in said support members in sets of upper and lower cooperating apertures. A bottle having an angular configuration is adapted to be inserted in said apertures in the support members. The angle or bend in the bottle abuts against one of the support members preventing the bottle from “falling out” of the feeding station. The bottle are further retained in the housing by abutting against the other support member and a resilient strap from above, which permits the lamb or other small animal t o “bunt” the bottle to simulate natural feeding. The feeding station is adapted to mounted on a vertical member and feed more than one small animal at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventors: Peg Clark, Anna Wiemann
  • Patent number: 7017522
    Abstract: A farrowing crate is defined by a cage having a main central flooring section for the sow and two side sections for the piglets. A feeder is located at the front wall for supplying feed to the sow when standing and includes a hopper mounted on a front gate outside the crate for and a trough for receiving feed discharged from the hopper. The trough is formed by a base plate lying substantially flat on the flooring from the hopper rearwardly to a raised transverse restricting member to restrict the escape of feed formed by an inverted V-shaped rib formed in the base plate spaced from the front wall and extending generally across the base plate to define a trough area of a height which allows the sow to lie with its neck and head over the restricting member without discomfort. The gate panel includes guards each side of the opening to restrict side to side movement of the sow's head. The trough is restricted by sides at the sides of the sow flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Crystal Spring Colony Farms Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Kleinsasser
  • Patent number: 6843205
    Abstract: A watering system (10) for pets wherein, the system (10) indudes an elongated generally cylindrical housing member (20) having an upper portion (20A) that defines a reservoir (21) and a lower portion (20B) that includes a circular base (26) having a raised rail (28) and a semi-circular peripheral wall (27) wherein, the raised rail (28) is dimensioned to be received in an elongated channel (32) formed in the bottom (31) of a water bowl member (30) that is slidably disposed beneath the reservoir (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas J. Segreto
  • 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: 6691644
    Abstract: A pen is provided for the exterior of an animal shelter house or calf hutch, and is mounted onto an adjustable universal frame that fits on the exterior of the animal shelter house and is secured to the house. The frame is adjustable in width using cross members that overlap and are secured together in an adjusted position. The frame provides vertically extending guides that form a track for receiving side walls of the pen so that the pen can be slid longitudinally of the animal shelter house from an extended position which provides an exercise area pen to a retracted position wherein a forward panel of the pen will close the door or opening in the end of the animal shelter house. The end wall of the pen supports a suitable holder for feeding buckets for the calf or young animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: John F. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6539896
    Abstract: An arrangement for feeding of animals, in particular pigs and sows, kept in a free-range herd, comprises a carrousel divided into a number of feeding enclosures so that a large number of animals may be automatically and individually fed. A common inlet with a registration system leads to the feeding enclosures of the carrousel. The animals are identified, weighed and may optionally have the temperature, the thickness of the fat layer and an image recorded. All data are stored in a computer system controlling the operation of the arrangement, including separation of animals from the herd. The computer system optionally being connected to a remote, central computer for surveillance of its operation and of the individual animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Kristoffer Larsen Innovation A/S
    Inventor: Jesper Kristoffer Larsen
  • 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: 6161503
    Abstract: An automatic animal feeding and watering device for home or animal industry use. The device is remotely activated by the activation of a water dispensing system like a home sprinkler system which turns an impeller while the water is flowing. While the watering system is activated the flowing water rotates an impeller which in turn dispenses food stored in a hopper to the animal at the same time water is flowing into a bowl. The amount of food dispensed from the device may be adjusted by closure of apertures interfacing with the impeller powered finned roller or by applying a brake to slow the rotation of the impeller and roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Antonio Blas
  • Patent number: 6145472
    Abstract: A distribution apparatus including a separate compartment to hold and dispense both anhydrous feed in pellet form and liquid. In the compartment to dispense the anhydrous feed in pellet form from a feeding reservoir the dry feed reaches an under placed volumetric feeder activated by a motor reducer operated in response to information contained on a microprocessor card actuating the operator's preset functions on the control board. The anhydrous food falls then into a fodder-trough comes out operated by a translation system and the movement of which causes the rotation of the apparatus which senses the presence of feed and includes a linear support holding a rod having an intermediate upward bend ending, with the contact detector of the feed presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventors: Emanuele Vittuari, Gabriele Vittuari, Maurizio Vittuari, Maria Rosa Vittuari
  • Patent number: 6142099
    Abstract: A pet feeder for providing food and water to a pet, in particular feline and canine pets, while protecting the food from ant and other insect infestations. The pet feeder includes an outer tray defining a reservoir for holding a fluid with a food bowl and a base disposed in the reservoir. A jug for holding a fluid therein is coupled to the base. The jug has a lower spout positioned in the reservoir of the outer tray. A food bin designed for holding particulate pet food therein is attached to the jug. The food bin has a bottom spout positioned adjacent and above the food bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Andrew J. Lange, Jr.
  • 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: 6125790
    Abstract: A three piece pet food/water dish that gives the appearance of a single pet dish having a bottom ground engaging diameter having a greater diameter than the exterior of the top edge. The dish invention includes a bottom, center and top bowls. The bottom bowl has inwardly sloping sides and an interior cavity has an upwardly projecting solid triangular cross-sectional shaped stem. The center bowl has round sides with a diameter less than the interior cavity diameter of the bottom bowl has a downwardly projecting hollow triangular cross-sectional shaped stem which mateably interlocks about the upwardly projecting solid stem in the bottom bowl. The center bowl also has an upwardly projecting hollow triangular cross-sectional stem in the interior cavity. The top bowl has inwardly sloping sides has a downwardly projecting solid triangular cross-sectional shaped stem which mateably fits into and interlocks with the upwardly hollow stem in the center bowl. The top bowl being used for pet food and drinking water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Raymond Breedwell
  • Patent number: 6116189
    Abstract: A bird feeder comprising an outer enclosure having one or more access ports to the interior of the enclosure and an insert mounted for telescoping movement into the interior of the outer enclosure. The insert is formed with at least one compartment for storing feed with one or more openings into the insert adapted to permit access to the compartment. The insert is dimensioned to define a collection space between the outer enclosure and the insert when the insert is telescoped into the interior of the outer member. The collection space accumulates feed spilled from the compartment by feeding birds to prevent wastage. The insert is movable between a first raised position in which the openings in the insert generally align with the access ports of the outer enclosure to permit feeding by birds, and a second lowered position in which the compartment of the insert is positioned to automatically receive spilled feed from the collection space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Listo Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregory E. Rundle
  • Patent number: 6101974
    Abstract: Combination pet water bottle and bowl with a molded plastic vessel capable of retaining water or other liquid having one flat wall and an opposing parallel second wall having a bowl shaped depression integral to the second wall, a replaceable and removable cap integral to the vessel to enable the user to fill the vessel with water or the like, a spring biassed water sealing valve assembly comprised of a resilient stopper and a slidable valve stem that allows water to pass from the inside of the vessel to the bottom of the bowl by use of a pull handle located at the top of the valve stem external to the vessel body, a means of locating the valve assembly so that the vessel can be blow molded using common molding techniques without the need to glue or weld two vessel halves together, and a molded in device for attaching a shoulder strap to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Francine P. Frohlich
  • Patent number: 5996532
    Abstract: A waterer with an essentially vertical water pipe (2), having at least one water valve (3), a mounting unit (4) for mounting on an animal housing, grazing or feeding facility, and a height adjustment device (5) for adjusting the distance between the ground and the water valve (3), is designed in order to simplify the operation of the height adjustment device and to firmly secure the water pipe against rotating and sliding, such that the mounting unit (4) is provided with an angle section (6) extending in the longitudinal direction of the water pipe (2), where the water pipe (2) is positioned against the two legs (7, 8) of the angle section (6) and the legs (7, 8) are connected by a clamping device (9) reaching around the water pipe (2), with which the legs (7, 8) and the clamping device (9) can be clamped to the water pipe (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Arato L.P.
    Inventor: Martin von Taschitzki
  • Patent number: 5996530
    Abstract: A drinker, which is connected to a supply pipe, includes a novel attachment member that forces a bird's beak open during activation to deliver water directly into the bird's open beak so that the amount of water the bird receives is maximized. A pin is provided as a valve which selectively blocks or allows flow from the supply pipe to the attachment member. When a bird contacts the attachment member, the bird's beak is forced open and the attachment member substantially prevents contact of the beak with the water flowing through the attachment member, such that the water flows from the supply pipe, past the pin, through the attachment member, out an outlet on the attachment member and into the bird's open beak. A first embodiment of the attachment member includes a double-walled body member having inner and outer walls such that the water flows between the inner and outer walls. A second embodiment of the attachment member includes a single-walled body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Lavone L. Miller, Timothy William Momont, Roger Steven Kiphart
  • Patent number: 5988107
    Abstract: The invention relates to a waterer to be mounted on an animal housing facility, which is provided with an essentially vertical feed delivery pipe (4), a vertical water pipe (2) and at least one water valve (3) fitted on the water pipe (2). It is characterised by a mounting unit (5), at least parially surrounding the feed delivery pipe (4), which can be firmly clamped to the feed delivery pipe (4), and a water pipe holder with a strap (6) and an angled leg (7) provided on the mounting unit (5), where the water pipe (2) lies against the strap (6) and the leg (7) in height-adjustable fashion, and with a height adjustment clamp (8) which surrounds the water pipe (2) and is connected to the strap (6) and the leg (7), with which the strap (6), the leg (7) and the height adjustment clamp (8) can be clamped against the water pipe (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Aratowerk Walter von Tashitzki GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin von Taschitzki
  • Patent number: 5979360
    Abstract: An ant free pet food bowl comprising an outer wall forming the outer periphery of a first depression for holding water and an inner wall forming the outer periphery of a second depression for holding pet food, the space between the outer and inner walls forming the depressions. The outer wall has a wide base to prevent tipping by the pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Danial Tharp
  • Patent number: 5931121
    Abstract: A water dish cleaning system including a dish and a least one rigid pivot rod connected between the dish and one of the side walls of a cage thereby allowing the pivot rod and dish to pivot about a horizontally oriented axis. Further provided is a lifting rod for effecting the pivoting of the dish about the horizontally oriented axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Freddie W. Haselden
  • Patent number: 5924380
    Abstract: This invention is a protected enclosure to allow upland game birds including bobwhite quail to be introduced into and to thrive in the wild with low mortality rate. This is accomplished through the use of an acclimation portion where the birds become used to feeding and watering in the protected enclosure while being allowed to ingress and egress between the acclimation portion and the feeding and watering portion. Provision is made for one or more call birds to be isolated after the acclimation period upon initial introduction into the wild. The call bird or birds can then be reunited with the covey. Commercially available cooked ration can be used which allows vitamins, minerals and other supplements to be added to the normal diet of the birds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Gary David Rayborn
  • 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: 5925390
    Abstract: A multiple-compartmented cat food serving system for simultaneously introducing at least two differently flavored cat food products in a manner which allows the cat owner to determine which foods appeal to the cat and which foods do not. In accordance with an illustrative embodiment of the inventive system, different flavors of cat food products are supplied at the point of purchase in respective compartments of a sealed, multiple-compartmented receptacle. If desired, one of the receptacle compartments may be supplied empty so that the cat owner may fill it with a small quantity of water for consumption with the meal. In order to allow the cat owner to ascertain whether a particular flavor is not being eaten by his or her cat, each compartment of the receptacle has associated therewith indicia to identify the flavor of the food product contained therein. If one or more newly introduced flavors of cat food do not appeal to the cat, then the owner may avoid purchasing and serving those flavors in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Joan M. Kornacki
  • Patent number: 5904117
    Abstract: A novelty combination feeding and watering device having feeding and drinking facilities incorporated within a design which resembles, proportionally, actual toilets found in the household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Frank P. Castro
  • Patent number: 5884582
    Abstract: A pet feeder holding food and/or water dishes for domestic animals. The pet feeder helps to keep pets from scattering their food or splattering their drink out of their dishes, and is especially useful for preventing dogs with floppy ears from getting their ears wet. In the preferred embodiment, the invention has interfitting top and bottom parts. The top part has a handle, and two opposite openings. Likewise, the bottom part has a bottom surface, and two opposite openings, which continue and are equal in width with the openings in the top part. Within each opening a dish can be placed, which may contain food or water. Normally, food will be placed in one dish, and water in the other. In an alternative embodiment, there is a hole in the top part to retain a water bottle allowing two different foodstuffs being placed in the dishes. The device prevents the long, floppy ears of certain animals from getting into the bowl. The top part may be lifted off the bottom part, using the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Margaret L. Duckworth
  • Patent number: 5884580
    Abstract: A multi-compartmented, transportable pet food and water carrier that includes food and water supply containers with opposed access openings, and a common wall; and food and water dishes removably attached over the access openings. The dishes have side walls with attachment means extending therefrom, so that the dishes can be attached in a side-by-side configuration for stability during use, the attachment means extending downwardly from the carrier when the dishes are attached to form support feet for the carrier. A carrying handle is attached to the upper side of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: J. Wade Faircloth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5870969
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus for feeding livestock. The apparatus includes a feed container having an upper opening. The container has two projecting lips extending along portions of a perimeter surrounding the upper opening. A sliding cover has two retaining channels formed thereon. The projecting lips of the container are configured to slidably engage within the retaining channels of the cover in an interlocking configuration to prevent removal of the cover other than by sliding. The cover may be a solid lid member or a creep feeder cage having passages formed therein. A pair of blocking tabs are secured to the cover at proximal ends of the projecting lips to block the cover from sliding beyond a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Trent Boyce
  • Patent number: 5855184
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding or watering animals within cages includes a food container having an upwardly opening, cup-shaped configuration, and a cantilever bracket for supporting the container. The container includes a closed curved sidewall and integral bottom wall, and a connector assembly extending downwardly from the outer surface of the bottom wall. The connector assembly includes a generally cylindrical lug having one end secured to the bottom wall, and a locking bar extending diametrically and secured to the other end of the lug. The locking bar includes opposed rounded ends that extend outwardly of the lug. The cantilever bracket includes a distal end having a web with a top surface, and an opening formed in the top surface to receive the connector assembly. The opening comprises a cylindrical hole dimensioned to receive the cylindrical lug in close tolerance fit, and a pair of radially extending, diametrically opposed slots radiating from the hole and dimensioned to receive the locking bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Lixit Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Eichler, Jack Looney
  • Patent number: 5845600
    Abstract: A pet dispenser having an outer cylindrical housing with a top lid and an inner cylindrical water container essentially concentric with and inverted in the outer cylindrical housing for storing and automatically dispensing water into a trough to maintain a predetermined water level in said trough. A magnetically responsive switch is coupled to an interior surface of the top lid of the outer cylindrical housing. A low water level condition indicator is externally coupled to the top lid and electrically coupled to the magnetically responsive switch. A magnetic float in the inner cylindrical water container transitions the magnetically responsive switch from an open state to a closed state when as the water level in the inner water container goes below a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Carlos I. Mendes
  • Patent number: 5823136
    Abstract: A carriable pet food and water service which provides sealed containers for food and water, integral dishes and easy carrying during a walk with the pet. The carriable pet feeding service includes a hinged casing which opens into two half-sections. Each half-section is provided with an interior receptacle. Removably received in each receptacle is a reciprocably shaped container, one respectively for holding pourable dry or semi-dry food and the other respectively for holding water. At least one carrying strap is connected with the exterior surface of the casing so that the pet owner can easily carry the casing and its interiorly disposed food and water containers when the casing is closed. It is further preferred that the strap be serviceable as a leash, and still further preferred to include a second strap for carrying of the casing when the other strap is being used as a leash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: John A. Zarski
  • Patent number: 5819686
    Abstract: The invention herein described allows for an operator to fill a hopper with an animal food. The hopper contains an inclined chute that will funnel the food to a food trough platform and in turn to an extension member. The food on the platform is protected from the elements via an encasement as well as the swinging door. The animal may pivot the door open in order to reach the food. The hopper is disposed within a basin filled with a fluid such as water. The hopper will be surrounded by the fluid on all four sides. The food trough platform is raised above the water body in a moat like fashion. The fluid level within the basin is controlled via a water feeder control valve member so that a fresh water supply is automatically controlled within the basin. The water also serves to keep insects from the food. Therefore, an animal is allowed a fresh food and water supply for an extended amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Patrick Credeur
  • Patent number: 5787839
    Abstract: A multiple compartment container designed to contain and carry pet food and water when on trips or traveling. The lower compartment of the container is an insulated unit designed to contain a supply of water. The upper compartment of the container comprises a dish compartment designed to hold food which may be closed by a sealing cover. The dish compartment sits on the lower compartment and forms a closure for the lower compartment. The upper compartment is removable from the lower compartment so the lower and upper compartments may be separately used for feeding or watering an animal as required. The container has a pivotal handle that provides ease of transport and locks the upper compartment in place for carrying. The handle may be pivoted to the container to selectively lock or unlock the compartments. A cover for the upper compartment is rotatable between an open and a closed position which seals the contents in the dish of the upper compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventors: Stephen A. Magnant, Monica L. Magnant
  • Patent number: 5775255
    Abstract: A pet feeding dish with at least two feeding compartments, each feeding compartment being separated by a wide rim portion, and each feeding compartment being surrounded by a concave outer moat that may be filled with liquid to act as a barrier against crawling insects such as ants from infiltrating the pet food. The moat is provided with a drain hole at the bottom and a drain plug easily removable from the underside of the feeding dish to allow for draining of the liquid from the moat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Dennis Louviere, III
  • Patent number: 5758598
    Abstract: A feeder dish for use in raising small pigs operable to be secured in place on a perforated creep floor of a farrowing pen and resistant to movement by the feeding piglets. The feeder includes a pan for holding feed surrounded by an integral platform on which the piglets stand. Pegs extend downwardly below the pan for insertion into slots or openings in the floor of the pen and maintain the feeder in a preselected position so as to prevent the dish from sliding or tipping over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Hawkeye Steel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Rodney Rothert
  • Patent number: 5752464
    Abstract: The improved pet feeding apparatus is comprised of a pair of container portions adapted to receive food or water which are connected by a living hinge for folding the pet feeding apparatus into a compact package for travel. The container portions are threaded on their inner upper edge to accept a lid which seals the container portion when installed. The container portions includes a bowl shaped section with a skirt extending downwardly and outwardly to a lower rim which is below the lowest extent of the container portion. These lower rims provide a stable base for the container portions. The lower rims are connected by the living hinge which facilitates folding the container portions for transport and allows the lower rims of the container portions to lie flat on the floor when the pet is using the pet feeding apparatus. The lower rims also include a handle positioned opposite the living hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventors: Thomas N. King, Jason B. Ford
  • Patent number: 5743210
    Abstract: A dish 2 for containing food and water for consumption by an animal includes an outer container 4, a holder 10 sectored to and positioned within the outer container so that water placed in the outer container completely surrounds the holder, and an insert dish 17 removably disposed within the holder for supporting pet food. Lids 6 and 14 can be secured to the outer container and the insert dish, respectively, to permit transportation and storage of the device when containing both water and food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas F. Lampe
  • Patent number: 5730082
    Abstract: A pet feeder provides a food dish surrounded by a water moat which flows in common with an open watering portion of the pet feeder. A separate portion of the feeder provides a water storage bottle held in the inverted orientation so as to replenish water in the feeder automatically. A float controlled water inlet may also be used to maintain water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: John Anthony Newman
  • Patent number: 5730081
    Abstract: An animal feeder assembly provides food and water at an elevated position from a support surface and is therefore particularly suited for feeding large dogs in a manner which avoids digestive and posture problems associated with feeding such animals from containers positioned at the level of the support surface. The feeder assembly comprises a feeder tray and a plurality of hollow legs releasably attached to the feeder tray. Each of the hollow legs are capable of holding ballast material such as sand or water for lowering the center of gravity of the assembly relative to the support surface, thereby enhancing the stability of the assembly and inhibiting the animal form transporting the feeder assembly from the preferred feeding location. The tray and legs are preferably made of blow molded plastic and the tray is formed to include a closed interior cavity, each of which facilitates cleaning the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Steven Tsengas
  • Patent number: 5632228
    Abstract: A food container for a dog (or cat) is placed in a larger elongate water container with the food container surrounded by water to keep ants and other insects away from the animal food. The larger elongate water container is long enough that with the food container placed toward one end thereof the using animal uses the other end to drink water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventor: Bertha M. Ybarra