When it comes to cats, there are a lot of myths that seems to circulate about them. That’s were I come in. My goal is to find these myths that many people still seem to believe and find out of they are true or not. Kind of like a myth buster of cats. Today’s myth, let’s talk about what colors cats see.
I have started debunking some myths like, why are black cats considered back luck? And this myth is one that I feel like has not been reviewed by most. I want to talk about the myths that many people think about what cats can see, and then finally debunk it.
The Myth About Colors Cats See
So, let’s start by talking about the many myths that exist. Some people think that cats see only in black and white. They think that because many think they based on the their brains development that they can only see in basically a grey scale.
Another myth is that cats see exactly what humans see. Their brains are actually more similar to humans than they are dogs, so it would make sense for people to not believe the grey scale and go to the complete opposite direction, they see what we see.
The Truth About Colors Cats See
Ready to get down to the truth?! I know I sure was! The truth is a combination of the myths!!! Crazy! In short, cats can see very similar to humans. They are limited in the ALL the colors that they see. They can see come colors, and others tend to blur. I would equate it to someone who is color blind.
The human retina has about 10 times more cones, the light receptors that function best in bright light, than cats’ eyes have.
Humans also have three types of cones, allowing them to see a broad spectrum of colors, with sensitivity peaks at red, green and blue. In comparison, a cat’s vision is similar to a human who is color blind. They can see shades of blue and green, but reds and pinks can be confusing. These may appear more green, while purple can look like another shade of blue.
So myth debunked, cats visions are not completely grey scale. But if you were someone who believe that they see exactly the same as we do, you are half right. They see exactly the same as some humans. Humans who are color blind. So not like every human. But hey! That makes cats more like us than we originally thought!