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They Invented What? (No. 84)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on January 29, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 4,150,505:  Bird trap and cat feeder.

 catfeeder

I claim:

1. A bird trap and cat feeder for catching a bird and in particular, a sparrow, and feeding the bird to a cat, the trap comprising: 
          an enclosed bird housing having an upper portion, a tapered lower portion, a back, a front, a top, an open bottom, and sides;
          an entrance hole mounted in the side of the upper portion of said housing for receiving the bird therethrough;
          a glass window mounted in an opening in the tapered lower portion of the front of said housing;
          a balanced pivot tube pivotally mounted on a pivot pin inside said housing, a first end of said pivot tube is attached to a balance weight for balancing said tube in a horizontal position, a second end of said tube is disposed adjacent and below said entrance hole for receiving the bird thereon, the second end of said pivot tube with the bird thereon lowered downwardly, when the second end of said pivot tube is lowered downwardly the second end is disposed in the tapered lower portion of said housing and adjacent said glass window; and
          a wire mesh cage communicably connected to the open bottom of said housing for receiving the bird therein, said wire mesh cage dimensions so that the openings in the wire mesh are small enough to prevent the bird from escaping, the openings in the wire mesh are large enough for the bird to stick his head through the openings in the wire mesh so that the cat can quickly pull the bird out of said cage with his paw.
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