08261696 is referenced by 7 patents and cites 20 patents.

An animal water toy that includes one or more playthings carried by flowing water that entices an animal, such as a cat, into interaction therewith. Playthings can be received in a container having water drinkable by the animal that is propelled by a pump into flowing and carrying the playthings. A portion can be upraised above the water providing an animal perch and/or flow director imparting flow deviations causing unpredictable plaything movement helping enhance animal interaction. A conveyance device can be provided conveying playthings relative to the flow. A pet watering device, e.g., fountain, can include an animal toy constructed in accordance with the present invention and a conveyance device lifting playthings from one level of the watering device to another. In one embodiment, playthings are animal attractant objects that can be buoyant and configured to attract an animal, such as by its color, graphics, indicia, and/or shape.

Title
Animal water toy and fountain
Application Number
12/607796
Publication Number
8261696 (B1)
Application Date
October 28, 2009
Publication Date
September 11, 2012
Inventor
Stanley L Suring
Cedarburg
WI, US
John M Lipscomb
Cedarburg
WI, US
Agent
Boyle Fredrickson S C
Assignee
Pioneer Pet Products
WI, US
IPC
A01K 7/00
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