Exploring Cat Vision: What Colors Can Cats See?

As curious pet owners, we often wonder about the world our furry friends see. One question that arises quite frequently is what colors can cats see? After all, their eyes look a lot different than ours.

To answer this question, let’s dive into the anatomy of cat’s eyes and explore their visual capabilities.

Anatomy of Cat Eyes

Cats are predators with an exceptional sense of sight. Their large eyes have more rods (cells responsible for detecting dim light) than cones (responsible for seeing colors). Unlike humans who have three kinds of cones to detect color, cats only have two. This means they don’t perceive as many hues as humans do but can still distinguish some colors.

What Colors Can Cats See

Studies suggest that cats’ vision is similar to being red-green color blind in humans. In simple words, they can differentiate blue and green but not red or orange shades. They also perceive pastel shades and muted tones better than bright ones because they’re less intense on their limited cone cells.

Therefore, it would be safe to say that the world looks mostly blue-greenish to cats with a hint of other tones like yellow and gray.

How Do They See at Night?

Cats are crepuscular animals – meaning they’re active during dawn and dusk hours when it’s darker outside. To aid them in hunting prey in low-light conditions or complete darkness; their pupils dilate significantly larger than ours so that even small amounts of light make it easier for them to spot potential targets!

Additionally, behind each feline retina lies a reflective layer called tapetum lucidum which helps amplify incoming photons by bouncing them back onto the retina itself! This reflectivity gives their eyes a noticeable shine at night when exposed to artificial light sources such as car headlights or street lamps.


So there you have it! While cats may not see all the vibrant colors we do; don’t worry – they make up for it by having better night vision and detection skills! So next time you’re cuddling with your furry friend, remember that they might see the world very differently than we do.