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Does Your Cat See Ghosts? Why Your Pet Stares Into Space

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It's late at night, everyone is tucked into their beds, your home is quiet and dark, and suddenly your cat starts running around your home for no reason. Or maybe your family will be watching TV together when your pet starts staring at nothing.

What's up with this creepy behavior? What is it about cats that makes them act like they're possessed every so often? Do they just do it to scare us?

Science has an answer: it's all about what your cat sees. We don't mean they have a special talent for spotting ghosts, but they can see things that humans can't.

To put things simply, cat eyes are way better than human eyes. We can see more colors than cats can, and cats are pretty shortsighted, but they have us beat in every other department.

Your eyes are filled with tiny parts called rods and cones. Rods are good for seeing in low light, and cones are good for seeing in bright spaces. Cats have six times more rods than humans do, so they can see almost perfectly in the dark.

So if your cat goes crazy at night when nothing is happening, it may be seeing things we just can't notice, like light reflecting off your windows, or dust falling through the air.


Keep reading to see what "cat vision" actually looks like!

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