This is how your cat sees the world

BY newsdesk  October 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM EST

Wired

Top photo is a human view. Bottom photo is a cat’s view. Image by Nickolay Lamm

What accounts for the difference?

Cats’ eyes are slightly more near-sighted compared to humans. They see in a 200-degree angle, compared to humans’ 180 view, which limits their vision’s depth. That means cats sharply focus on objects up to 20 feet ahead of them, whereas humans can clearly see objects 100 to 200 feet away. Cats also have more rod cells in their eyes, which allows them to see better in low-light and they can better “freeze-frame” rapid motion.

However, cats’ eyes don’t pick up color the same way ours do, resulting in a more washed-out version of the world. They are slightly bit red-green color-blind, so they don’t pick up the same rich colors as their human owners.

To see additional photos and learn more, check out the whole story on Wired.

Artist Nickolay 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 to replicate how cats view the world around them.

H/T Rebecca Jacobson