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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.

2. The trap as described in claim 1, further including a pair of entrance holes in both sides of the upper portion of said housing.

3. The trap as described in claim 1, further including an outside perch attached to the side of said housing and below said entrance hole.

4. The trap as described in claim 1, further including a hollow elongated down spout disposed between said cage and the open bottom of said housing and communicably connected at one end to said cage and the other end to said open bottom of said housing.

5. The trap as described in claim 1, wherein said cage includes a one inch wire mesh cage having a funneled connector attached to the top of the cage for communicably connecting said cage to the open bottom of said housing.

6. The trap as described in claim 1, wherein said cage includes a wire mesh tubular cage having a funneled connector mounted in the top thereof for communicably connecting said cage to the open bottom of said housing, said tubular wire mesh cage having a hinged door mounted at one end thereof for removing the birds when received therein.

7. 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;
          a pair of entrance holes in both sides of the upper portion of said housing;
          a pair of outside perches attached to the sides of said housing and below said entrance holes;
          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 pivot tube is disposed adjacent and below said entrance holes 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;
          a hollow elongated downspout having one end communicably connected to the open bottom of said housing; and
          a wire mesh cage communicably connected to the other end of said hollow elongated downspout, 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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