Have you ever been sitting around on the couch, or laying down in bed, just relaxing with your furry four-legged friend? Has your cat suddenly started intently staring off into the corner of the room, rapt with attention when there is clearly nothing in your field of view? What has grabbed their attention so thoroughly?
How many times has your cat started tearing around the house, chasing after something that doesn't seem to be there? What in God's name has them acting like an animal possessed, are they seeing specters from beyond the grave? Scientists have proven that cats see far more than humans, even if they aren't looking through the door onto the "other side."
Your eyes are filled with tiny parts known as rods and cones. Rods help us see in low light, while cones help us in see in brightness.
We may be able to see in more colors than cats can, but they have six times more rods in their eyes than humans have in theirs. This makes them able to see in pitch black the way we see on a bright sunny day. So, if your cat is going absolutely bananas late at night, which let's be honest, happens every night, they are likely viewing things that are not perceptible to the human eye, like light reflected from windows or simple dust floating through the air.
Have you ever wondered what "cat vision" looks like..? Keep reading to find out.
Photographer, Nickolay Lamm wanted to try and create the field of a cat's vision through his photos. He spoke to a lot of experts in order to get the information he needed to make it happen. He then edited his photos to give us a realistic look at the world through the eyes of a cat.
Notice in this one, which was shot in a brightly lit area, that the human eye sees color and brightness far better, and that the cat is forced to see in shades of grey and yellow. But when we look at the next picture, shot in near total darkness, the cat has the clear advantage.
Imagine what we would be able to accomplish if we could see through the night as if it were simply a cloudy winter day?
Cat's eyes can also see in a number of spectrums that we as humans cannot, like ultra-violet light. This is the wavelength that is responsible for the massive sunburn you got when you fell asleep outside last summer. This means that your cat could be watching an epic kaleidoscope of color going off in your living room while you are none the wiser.
It would be cool to think that cats can see through the veil and view ghosts, but we can't prove it either way. Just know that the next time you catch your cat staring at a wall, or off into space when you can't see anything there, they are more likely to be watching a light show you can't even imagine as opposed to staring at ghosts.