Want to know what your cats and dogs see? How people and animals view the world is in fact, very different from each other.
Popular Science reported that our furry pals have a layer on their eyes called a tapetum, which reflect the light to let our animal companions see small amounts of light compared to our human eyes.
Many people believe that cats and dogs are colorblind, or that they see their surroundings in black and white, but that is not exactly true. “From what we can tell, they see the world in shades of blue and yellow,” said Katherine Houpt, a professor at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Because dogs and cats are predators, they don’t have to be able to tell the difference between some similar shades,” Houpt added. “As primates, we have to know whether that permission is ripe or not. We’re better at color discrimination in order to find the correct foods.”
Humans have an advantage when it comes to clarity. A human can see from 100 or 200 feet out, while cats and dogs are not able to process crystal clear images of those around them.
But the animals, however, are skilled at perceiving movement which help them catch their fast-moving food. They can spot movement for up to a half-mile. They also have a peripheral vision past 200 degrees! But that varies from different breeds. A bulldog, for example, can see better at observing objects up close since they don’t have a giant snout like other breeds.
Cats and dogs cannot see in absolute darkness like us. But they can see better in dim light.
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