How Does My Cat See This World? – A Cat’s Point of View and albeit there is nothing more beautiful than the sparkling eyes of a cat.
They’re big and bold, soft and stunning! Some women try to emulate them with smokey blue eye makeup with the purrfect black eyeliner and even better yet, there are stones named after them and so forth!
But what makes their eyes so beautiful and how do these felines see the world through their captivating eyes? We are about to find out how and what makes our cats eyes so fabulous?
I’ve spent the past two or three days searching for an answer and to my amazement and there’s a whole lotta lovin’ on this topic!
Tons of information out on the big web and I was surprised to find out just how much people really do have a fascination with cat eyes!
Colors of the Rainbow
What Does A Cat Really See and well, it’s like the color wheel have you ever taken an art class or even know about the color wheel? According to Wikipedia:
“The typical artists’ paint or pigment color wheel includes the blue, red, and yellow primary colors. The corresponding secondary colors are green, orange, violet or purple. The tertiary colors are green-yellow, yellow-orange, orange-red, red-violet/purple, purple/violet-blue and blue-green.”
Now the colors that our dear felines can see are greens, blues, and yellows. They can’t see bright colors.
If you were to look at a bright blue color, you would see bright, vibrant blue, cats, on the other hand, will ultimately see muted blue. A cat’s vision does not detect vibrant colors as we humans do.
Scientists suspect that our feline’s vision is one that would be comparable to that of a color-blind human. Just because a cat can see color doesn’t mean they see color the way that you and I do. They are very different, different hues, not as bright.
Show Me How My Cat Sees the World – O.K. I Can Do That Follow Me
Let me introduce you to Nickolay Lamm.
Mr. Lamm consulted with three experts to speculate on just how these fine felines view the world around them compared to us humans.
Let’s see what they find, shall we?
The top photo is what we see and the bottom photo is what your cats see. The top photo is what we humans see and the bottom is what your lovely felines see. Pretty cool, huh?
– All 3 images credit goes to Artist: Nicolay Lamm)
Cats can’t see the finest details or rich vibrant colors, however, they do have a superior ability to see in the dark because cats have what is called rods in their retina that are sensitive to low light.
Both cats and dogs have more rods than cones. Humans have 3 types of cones in their eyes to help them see reds, greens, and blues.
Cats have 2 cones, green and blue, resulting in cats not being able to see colors as humans do.
Humans can see all the colors of the rainbow!
Cats Have Excellent Night Vision
Humans are pretty much blind in the dark and we have a hard time seeing anything too far away. Cats, on the other hand, can see in the dark and pretty darn good, that’s for sure.
But remember they are nearsighted this means that they can only see 20 feet in front of them and this helps them in the wild to see their prey up close. They hunt super close, watching and stalking their prey.
For instance, objects in the distance, a human can see clearly 100 to 200 feet away and cats only 20 feet for a cat to see the object sharply!
Cats have 6 to 8 times as many cells for seeing objects in dim light as humans and this allows cats to see more in settings whereas humans are almost completely in the dark
Our little furry loved ones are more sited than their human parents do. And are better at following fast moving objects with colors that are less vibrant.
Cats Are Natural Night Hunters
Cat vision fields are much broader than ours and they have the ability to see ultraviolet rays, therefore, making cats night vision is 2 times more clear than humans.
There is another logical reason for this.
There’s a structure “tapetum lucidum” behind your sweet feline’s eyes that reflects like a mirror and when the light shines in their eyes it mirrors off the back of their eyes and makes more light appear in front of them.
This is also what makes your cat’s eyes (or dogs and foxes eyes are similar) appear to glow when light bounces off of them! Fascinating to say the least!
Makes the night vision very clear! That is why they are night hunters!
Cats are natural night hunters – from the Big Cats in the wild jungle to the ordinary, extraordinary house cats hunting a bird or a mouse – and the need to hunt is in their genetic code.
Some studies have shown that cats can detect ultraviolet light.
The ultraviolet light bounces off their prey and vibrates back to them and this is how they can see far away images until they come 20 feet away to stalk and hunt their prey!
Cats have absolutely no trouble seeing at night!
Blue Makes Many Colors
Cats can see muted colors and in fact that cats see less color than humans.
Just like the color wheel, I wrote to you about at the beginning of this article Blue makes many colors. It is a primary color, if you combine blue with another color say… red you will make =purple
Now, remember that cats only have green, blue and yellow cones although cats won’t see purple and they will only see the blue hue of the object.
So why do pet toys have so many colors to choose from? Because of YOU and ME!
We like vibrant colors, instead of what is appealing to your eyes, try to get your cat toys with colors they can see; blues, greens, yellows and including any combination of the three.
“But she loves the pink stuffed mouse I bought her.”
Honey, she loves the texture, she can’t see any hue of red and it would give your furry child more pleasure if they could see what they are playing with.
So why do cats play with the colorful toys we buy? Texture, it feels good to their paws, etc.
Our Beloved Cats Are Crepuscular
Cats are active in the twilight and this is called crepuscular, meaning they are more active at dawn or dusk and their eye site reflects that = Twilight!
As the sunsets are low and the twilight falls upon us, you can see in the distance the Big Cat stalking their prey. Slowly moving through the thicket, quietly not to be noticed… the hush of the breeze that comes from the south…
Stalking, slinking in the midst of the trees… silence fills the air… The evening will soon be here, the cat is on the prowl, the richness of light casts its shadow
They’re mystical creatures, magical as they glide through the tall grass, slowly and watching every move… but to their dismay, the chance is gone and the cats lay down, licking her paws as her eyes glisten in the twilight!
Bring on another day that has passed and it has been a wonderful adventure and the soft hue of the green grass and the softness of yellow as the sunsets…
This IS The Mysterious World Of A Cat!
Fabulous wouldn’t you say? Just imagine the beauty with all the soft colors, and living in a world so beautiful…
That’s your cat’s world and it is precious and stunning and breathtakingly beautiful! Cats are truly beautiful creatures. I can just imagine how much joy it brought to God as he was creating them!
All cats are beautiful and their eyes are just as beautiful, share your cat with us in the comments. If you have any questions or you like this blog, please subscribe for more cat adventures and love!
All my best,
Donna Rayne & Sammie Mae
Founder of mrsparrowshealthycat.com
Writer and member of the partnership program at Quora.com