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Can Cats See Colour

Are cats completely colour blind? You have probably heard that cats are colour blind and can only see in shades of black and white. But is it true?

Your feline friend’s world is not completely black and white. In fact, she lives in a beautiful colourful world just like you do! It’s a common misconception that our feline friends can’t see any colours.

According to Business Insider, cats don’t see the same saturation of colours and richness of hues that humans can. Cats are thought to be trichromats, which means they have three kinds of cones that allow them to see red, green and blue. However, they can’t see colour in the same way that we are.

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Cats can see shades of blue and green, however, reds and pinks can be confusing. According to VCA Hospitals, humans have ten times more cones than felines do and this is why we appreciate more colour variations. In scientific observations, our feline friends don’t appear to perceive the full range of colours that we can. Some scientists believe that felines see only grey and blue, while others think felines may also see yellow like their canine counterparts.

Although a cat’s eye doesn’t perceive colours like a human’s eye, your cat still can tell the differences between two extremes like red and green. Unlike humans, cats are less sensitive to changes in brightness. They don’t have the ability to perceive colour in the rich, vibrant tones that humans do. But don’t worry about it – because colour perception isn’t as important to your kitty-cat as it is to you. She doesn’t care about the colour of your shirt or the colour of her toy! According to Catological, a feline’s heightened eyesight is not determined by the partially color-blind scenery in her surroundings. In fact, it is determined by degrees of vision range and depth. Cats have a wider field of view of 200 degrees compared to humans’ 180-degree view. In addition, they also have a broader range of peripheral vision than we have – that’s why they can easily spot the mouse or toy wriggling in the corner!