Monday, September 24, 2012

What do cats see?

For my Second blog post, I decided to do research on "what it is that cat's really see". I have 3 cats, and have always wondered what their vision is like. Can they see me? Can they differentiate between colors? I went ahead and did a little research and found out some pretty interesting things I had never known before.
I found out that cats do see in color, but not like we do. Cat's can see between the low and mid wave lenght spectrum. This tells us that cats do see in color but only certain ones. That explains why my cat's are more interested in certain colored toys that others. Cats can see in the purple, blue, green, and yellow range. Red, orange and brown colors cannot be seen by them, and look more like shades of gray or purple. I also read that cats see less saturation in colors than we do, resulting in them not picking up colors vibrantly. The colors that stand out to cats the most are shades of blue or green. Certain tests concluded that cats also see more shades of gray than us humans do. A cat's eyes have more rods and fewer cones than ours do. This means that while we have better color vision, a cat can detect motion better. Even thought cats are mostly color blind, that doesnt stop them from being great hunters whether it be day or night. Cats are best known for their ability to focus in on one object narrowly while hunting. Cats also have way better perspective, and depth perception than humans do, because of the way their eyes are placed on their heads. While trying to find a video about what cats see, I came across a wonderful experiment that I would like to share with you guys. These scientist were able to hook up cameras and tap into the feline brain. This shows us what cats see though their eyes.

1 comment:

  1. This is neat now I know why my cat like to play with certian toys and others not as much. I wander if the makers of cat products even bothered to research this stuff. Great!!!