Can Cats See Color?

Written By: MUDASSIR

Cats have fewer color receptive cones in their eyes than humans, limiting color perception. Their world consists of more grays and blues.  

Vision Basics

While not seeing the full color spectrum, cats can differentiate shades and hues based on brightness and saturation.

Shades 

Cats evolved to notice movement very well to hunt prey. So color matters less than detecting motion for their survival.

Movement  

Humans have 3 color cones allowing red, blue, green perception. Cats only have 2, missing sensitivity to red.  

Comparisons

Good night vision from more rod cells gives cats an advantage hunting at night when color matters less.  

Benefits

As predators relying more on senses than color, aspects like hearing, smell impact cats more than vibrant color interpretation.

Environment  

Contrast and brightness instead of color assists cats in spotting and chasing prey in fields and forests.  

Hunting

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