Patent for a combination sparrow-catcher / cat-feeder


25 Responses to “Patent for a combination sparrow-catcher / cat-feeder”

  1. Tim Quinn says:

    wait, this is not funny . . . oh never mind.

  2. xzzy says:

    For added fun, install near the living room window so your kids can witness the cycle of life from the comfort of their own home.

  3. Brood-X says:

    Google just bought this patent. It’s going to be a new Android app.

  4. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    Starting immediately on the catbox/dog feeder concept. This baby’s going to worth millions!

  5. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    The bird feeder and bird bath are basically the same thing to the cat. Hours of watching fun. He also likes to play with the squirrels.

  6. vonbobo says:

    The literature doesn’t mention anything about small animal torture, how will I know it will satisfy my needs? 

    • travtastic says:

      For only an extra $10.97 you can upgrade to the Deluxe model, which individually wraps the target animals and palletizes them for easy storage!

  7. cdh1971 says:

    This actually – if it works, would be great for harvesting sparrows for culinary purposes – if you like to eat sparrows. I’m uh..not necessarily saying that I do.

    • cdh1971 says:

      Here’s an article about culinary sparrows:

      Quote from the article:

      Lark, or Sparrow Pye.You must have five dozen at least; lay betwixt every one a Bit of Bacon as you do when you roast them, and a Leaf of Sage and a little Force-meat at the Bottom of your Crust; put on some Butter a top and lid it; when bak’d for one Hour, which will be sufficient, make a little thicken’d Gravy, put in the Juice of a Lemon; season with Pepper and Salt, so serve it hot and quick. (Charles Carter’s “City and Country Cook … “ 1736)

  8. Shawn RIchardson says:

    You can find diy examples of this on the intertubes. The house sparrow is an invasive species that will evict and kill native species. They really are a bit of a PITA. It is quite possible to catch dozens a day in some places. It’s really not that bad or futile of an idea and some people actually use them. If I had a pet I could feed house sparrows, I would consider trapping them. I might freeze them first for parasites though. Its also legal and encouraged to kill them in the US.

  9. Shawn RIchardson says:

    Oh, house sparrows are actually finches but w/e.

  10. GIFtheory says:

    … rushes off to patent the opposite of this device

  11. David Schwan says:

    Declining bird populations are directly linked to our oversupply of cats in this country ( Encouraging more predation like this device is bad.

  12. ill lich says:

    Great, just what we need, a way to make cats even lazier.  Why chase mice or catch sparrows on your own when there’s easy pickings to be had?

  13. wobinidan says:

    It looks like one of those homemade instruments that boingboing is so crazy about.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Oh, the clattering and terrified squeaking make for some fine easy listenin’ on a warm August evening…

  14. Marya says:

    @nillo13:disqus,  You seriously did not say PITA, did you?
    Of course you did.
    I just died of irony poisoning.

  15. angri says:

    We had a regular bird feeder when I was a kid, and it basically served the same purpose… which is why my cats are now indoor-only.

  16. narddogz says:

    It just needs a small keypad added to the bottom cage area so the bird can send a tweet to its friends asking for help.

  17. Awesome. Can we please build a model for investment bankers?

  18. valronj says:

    If they had one for pigeons, I could get an Ocelot!

  19. Jim Yundt says:

    …or, you could just get a falcon.

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