Let’s compare human vision (the top photos) with a cat’s vision (the bottom photos).  

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Cats see more peripheral vision. The BLURRINESS AT the edge of the photos represents the area of peripheral vision in humans (20 degrees, top) and cats (30 degrees, bottom).

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Humans can see objects clearly at 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) away, but cats need to be no more than about 20 feet (6 m) away to see those same things sharply.

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Cat’s color vision is not as vibrant as humans. They tend to see blues, greens, white and greys.  Consider these colors to enrich cat’s visual environment, 

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Cats can see much better in dim light than humans can and they are better at picking up quick movements in the dark. Humans have the ability to see very slowly moving items at speeds 10 times slower than cats.  So, if you are moving a cat toy slowly, it may not appear to be moving to your cat.

catssee5Cats lack the muscles necesssary to change the shape of their eye lenses, therefore they can't see things clearly quite as close as humans can and need to be further away.  So when you or your pet boarder places toys or food next to your cat, remember that they can be viewed more clearly just a few inches away from his/her face which will enable your cat to be more willingly responsive and engaged.

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This blog has been adapted from the two articles

1) “What Do Cats See?” by Nickolay Lamm posted on October 17, 2013

2) “This Is How Cats See the World”; www.wired.com/2013/10/cats-eye-view

For additional insight about feline vision review the articles listed.