The World Through a Cat's Eyes

Artist Nickolay Lamm created images to show how a cat sees the world.

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The top photo shows what the world looks like to a human, while the bottom photo is the cat's eye view. Click through to see more.
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Peripheral vision for humans is 20 degrees each side and 30 degrees for cats. This is represented by the blurriness.
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Our retinas have many more cones than cats, especially in the area of the fovea (which is all cones and no rods). This gives us fantastic day vision with lots of vibrant colors and excellent, detailed resolution. Dogs and cats have many more rods, which enhances their ability to see in dim light and during the night.
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The increase in rods also enhances their “refresh rate”, so that they can pick up movements much faster (very helpful when dealing with small animals that change direction very quickly during a chase).
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What a normal human can see as unblurred and sharp at 100-200 feet, a cat would have to view from 20 feet
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Cats can see 6-8 times better in dim light than humans due the high number of rods and because of their elliptical pupil, large cornea and tapetum.
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Cats gave great night vision and an excellent ability to pick up and follow quick movements, but at the cost of less vibrant color, with less detailed resolution.
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