February 2014 Issue

How Anatomy Shapes Their Sight

Their vision is less focused than ours, but cats excel at motion detection and night vision — the better to hunt

If you suspect your cat sees the world differently, you may be right. The complex anatomy of a cat’s eye results in less focused vision than ours, and he likely sees only a limited range of colors. On the other hand, these historically nocturnal predators boast superior night vision and skill in detecting motion, making their vision all the better for hunting.

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