Have you ever wondered how animals see the world? When you watch cat videos with your cat sitting on your lap, what does he or she see? Is it the same thing you and I see? I have wondered this about my dog when we take our walks, especially since there is obviously a difference between what we both see. The panoramic pictures below show you the side-by-side difference between what you see, and what your cat sees. I’ve never seen cat vision illustrated like this before, and it is fascinating.
Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm has spent a lot of time studying this, and his results offer a glimpse into cat vision that will help you understand your cat even more. If you click over to his website, you can read all the bullet point details about how cat vision is different from human vision. It is interesting to learn that cats can see 6 – 8 times better in dim light and at night than humans. Also, cats can only see about 20 feet in front of them, whereas humans can clearly see things that are 100 feet in front of them.
When you think about the purpose of human eyes, and the purpose of cat eyes, the differences in the visions make sense. Nickolay consulted with several doctors, Veterinarians, and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinarian School to ensure that these photographs are as accurate as possible.
Now I just wish someone would do these same photographs for dogs. I’ve read before that dogs, horses and snakes are colorblind, but I’m not sure if that is true. I have also read that birds have ‘bionic vision.’ Maybe someday Nickolay will continue his study to include other animals. I’d love to see these photos for more than just cats. Enjoy!
Cat Vision: This Is What Your Cat Sees Compared To What You See
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