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Cats are majestic and mysterious creatures, and various facts about them never cease to amaze us. Here we talk about some incredibly interesting facts about feline vision. How many of these were you aware of?
Cats cannot see in the dark – Quite contrary to popular belief that cats have night vision, cats in actual fact are not able to see in absolute darkness. They are, however, able to see a lot better than humans in low lighting conditions since they have a higher rod to cone ratio in their eyes. It’s even more surprising that big cats find it more difficult to see in low light as compared to domesticated cats. Cats need just one-sixth of the number of light humans need to be able to see clearly. The higher rod to cone ratio also allows cats to detect even the slightest of movements around them.
Cats have an extra eyelid – Cats have an inner eyelid that is called the palpebra tertia. This inner eyelid helps in keeping the eyes moist and removing debris from the eyes. This eyelid also protects cats’ eyes as they move through tall grass to catch prey in the wild.
Cats are far-sighted – Cats have great night vision and can see far away objects with ease. They, however, find it difficult to focus on objects that are placed right in front of them. This is probably why your cat might not notice a treat you placed right in front of his or her nose. Cats’ close up vision is about 20/100 based on the human vision scale. Their vision is the sharpest when an object is at a distance of two to three feet away from their face.
Cats are not colorblind – Most people believe that cats are unable to distinguish between colors and are completely colorblind. This, however, is nothing more than a myth. Cats are not colorblind; they do perceive colors. The only difference is that they perceive colors in a different way when compared to humans. Colors appear to be more muted to cats, but this does not mean they are colorblind. The can distinguish blue shades the best while shades of red are the least distinguishable.Cats have vertical pupils – You may have noticed this one. But did you know that the vertical pupils serve a very important purpose? The vertical pupils can change in size a lot faster that round pupil. The smaller the pupil, the less light enters our eyes, and the worse is our vision. The vertical pupils in cats give them better vision in low light conditions. This also ensures that cats do not get blinded due to sudden changes in lighting conditions.