The Best Bed is an Unmade Bed

Pierre: There’s something about an unmade bed that just feels so good. I can’t resist it.

gray tabby cat gazes up from unmade bed

I love to squiggle around on my back all over the mattress pad.

gray tabby cat rolls on unmade bed

Oh, yeah, that’s the spot. Right there.

gray tabby cat rolls on unmade bed

Just a little farther. Oh, yeah!

gray tabby cat rolls on unmade bed

Whoa! Maybe not THAT far.

gray tabby cat rolls on unmade bed

What are you looking at? I didn’t almost fall down the hole between the bed and the nightstand.

gray tabby cat looks innocent on unmade bed

Saved by my back toes.

gray tabby cat toes

You’re going to delete the photos of that last part, RIGHT?

gray tabby cat stalks across unmade bed

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Sharp Dressed Cat

Pierre: It’s National Bow Tie Day, and I’m dressed for the occasion.

gray tabby cat wearing bow tieJust call me Bond, ladycats. Pierre Bond. 

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How Your Cat Sees the World

Just like us, cats have two eyes, but what and how they see isn’t exactly like humans.

Field of Vision

A cat’s 200 degree field of view is wider than the 180 degrees that a human sees, which means that cats see things further slightly behind their head in their peripheral vision. This is a real advantage to hunters looking for prey as well as helping small animals keep a lookout for predators who might keep them harm.

cat with binocularsCats having forward-facing eyes also gives them binocular vision, where each eye has overlapping fields of view. This gives cats depth perception for accurate pounces onto prey. This also helps cats make their graceful leaps and accurate landings on small ledges or branches.

Cats like Ashton with only one eye don’t have binocular vision, and they have to learn to compensate. Ashton doesn’t leap onto unfamiliar objects because she can’t measure the distance there with her eyes. She’s also much more likely to lose small objects when they are tossed in the air, but she compensates by listening for the sound of them striking the floor.

Seeing Colors

Cones are the light receptors in your eyes that work best in bright light. Human eyes have 10 times the cones than cat eyes, giving them the edge in seeing color, but cats do have cones. They can distinguish colors from each other, but they are better able to distinguish colors at the blue-purple end of the spectrum. They see even further into that end of the spectrum than humans, and are able to see ultraviolet light that humans can’t detect with our eyes.

Have you ever used a black light to see down wayward cat urine in the house? Your cat’s vision may help her see that, too. That goes a long way toward explaining feline urine-marking on walls; it’s not just a scent mark but a visual indicator, too, like spray-painting graffiti that says “I was here!”

Distance Vision

Humans can adjust the shape of the lens in our eyes to focus at various distances. Cats can’t adjust the shape of the stiffer lens of their eye and instead actually shift the location of the lens in the eye slightly to refocus, giving them less flexibility in their range of vision.

As a result, while humans can focus on objects 100-200 feet away, a cat needs to be within 20 feet to focus on an object. That’s right… cats are nearsighted.

cat wearing glassesNight Vision

Rods are the photoreceptors in your eye responsible for seeing in low light. Cats have six to eight times the number of rods in their eyes than humans. This helps cats make the most of low-light conditions for hunting or making their way around the house in what humans perceive as darkness.

When you trip over your kitty on your way to the kitchen for a drink in the middle of the night, your cat was able to see just fine. It was you with your lesser rods who couldn’t see your way in your house.

It’s easy to make assumptions that when your cat sees something you don’t — or doesn’t see something you do — that they’re being fanciful or difficult, but keep in mind that your kitty sees the world differently than you do in many ways.


References and Further Reading

The Journal of Comparative Neurology, A quantitative analysis of the cat retinal ganglion cell topography
Animal Eyes, Michael F. Land, Dan-Eric Nilsson, Animal Eyes
Handbook of Sensory Physiology, The Visual System in Vertebrates
Vision Research, The schematic eye in the cat
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, The spectral transmission of ocular media suggests ultraviolet sensitivity is widespread among mammals
The Evolution of binocular vision

Photo Credits

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depositphotos/wvita

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Maybe It’s a Chicken

Newton: What’s this? It looks a little like a chicken, not really. This is why the head peep doesn’t do arts and crafts.

orange tabby cat inspects funny chicken

Ashton: A chicken! Where’d that come from?

Newton: Do you really think this looks like a chicken?

Orange tabby cat inspects funny chicken as brown tabby cat looks on

Ashton: Did you make it? I didn’t mean to hurt you feelings.

Newton: No, I didn’t make it.

Ashton: You don’t mind if I eat it, then?

Newton: I wouldn’t eat it, but if you’re that hungry…

Orange tabby cat inspects funny chicken as brown tabby cat looks on

Ashton: I don’t see anything edible in here.

brown tabby cat inspects funny chicken

Ashton: What, did you think I was going to get my head stuck in there like I did last week? I’m not a silly kitten, I learned my lesson.

brown tabby cat sits next to funny chicken

Ashton: Who are you looking at, bird-brain?

brown tabby cat looks at funny chicken


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