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Seeing the world from a cat’s eyes

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We have made blogs about how cats would outrun Usain Bolt on the Olympics, how they can smell where the neighbor’s cat has been and even about why they prefer hot food over cold food. But what about their vision? How do cats see the world? Let’s find out!

As you know, we humans have a 180-degree view. Cats on the other hand have a wider field with a 200-degree view. On top of that, cats have a greater range of peripheral vision. This makes it easier to spot any threat or even that mouse that is hiding in the garden!

My Purry Friends - Cat eyes

Cats’ visual fields may be broader than ours, but their visual acuity is not nearly as good as ours. Cats can see objects sharply up to 20 feet, while for humans it’s still possible to see sharply at a distance of 100-200 feet.

Our little purry friends compensate this by kicking our asses at being able to see in dim light. Since cats are active at dawn and dusk, also known as crepuscular, Mother Nature has decided to help them a hand. Cats have more rod cells in their eyes, which are more sensitive to low lights. This explains their night-vision capability. In addition, the elliptical eye shape helps to gather more light as well, which allows them to see at light levels six times lower than what a human needs in order to see.

While cats have better night vision, humans have 10 to 12 times better motion detection in bright light. This is explained by the fact that the human retina has about 10 times more cones, which is an important aspect in bright-light vision.

Don’t try to play hide and seek with your cat in the dark, they will quickly find you!

 

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