This Is How Your Cat Sees The World

It looks a bit like Instagram. Photos via Nickolay Lamm.

1. These photos show the difference between what humans and cats see. The human version is on top, the cat version is below.

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2. A cat’s visual field is 20 degrees wider than humans.

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3. But they need to be a lot closer to see things clearly, so beautiful landscapes are lost on them.

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4. They were originally thought to have one less visual cone to humans, meaning they’d see fewer colours.

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5. Now it appears they might have three, but their colour vision is still more limited than ours.

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6. They can, however, see six to eight times better than humans in the dark.

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7. Opening up a whole new world of nighttime adventures.

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8. Read more about how Lamm put together the photos here.


To make sure that the photos were as accurate as possible, Lamm consulted with Kerry L. Ketring, DVM, DACVO of All Animal Eye Clinic, Dr. DJ Haeussler of The Animal Eye Institute, and the Ophthalmology group at Penn Vet.

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