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Do Cats Spot Colors?

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Do kitties catch colors? While our whiskered pals don’t see rainbows like us, their eyesight’s kinda unique. 

Laser dots, flashy toys, and sparkly rattling balls. They’re bright and colorful, right? But, you know, maybe they aren’t really hitting the mark on what a cat’s peepers catch.  

Got a furry friend at home? Then you’ve seen the ankle ambush or that fly chase! It’s just what they do. But picking a toy ’cause it’s red? That’s not in their playbook. 

Cats might not see all the colors we do, but can they spot tiny, zippy things in a snap! And darkness? No biggie. They’re pros at nighttime prowling.

What’s this Color Blindness thing?

Being color blind isn’t about not seeing, but more about mixing up colors. Like, some people can’t tell red from green. Or after some eye troubles, it gets tricky spotting color shades. That’s color blindness. But kitties? Their eyes are just fine.

Both us and our feline pals got two things in our eyes: cones and rods. Cones help with day-seeing and catching colors. Rods are for nighttime and checking things out on the side (you know, without turning the head).  

Now, each cone is like a light catcher. We’ve got three cones, so we see all kinds of colors. Cats? They’ve got two, so their color world’s a bit limited.

Do Cats Spot Colors?

Kitties can see a few colors, but which ones really pop for them? Well, their two cones catch blue-violet and yellow-green light vibes, but red-orange? Not so much.  

Think of it this way: like pups, cats see a world filled with hints of yellow, blue, and gray. Yet, some people reckon cats might catch a bit of green too.

That laser pointer you can’t stop wiggling around? Maybe not the best toy pick. Your furry pal probably doesn’t get how fiery that red looks, but they sure see that zippy light dance. And let’s be honest, chasing something they can’t ever catch.

How can we be sure cats aren’t colorblind?

We can’t just pop the question to Whiskers, but kitties sure got some fancy eyes! New studies have shown us a bunch of cool stuff about what cats see. Some even recreated cat-vision, letting us take a peek through their eyes.  

They’ve even had fun games where food and colors were used to see if cats go for certain hues. If they chose the right shade, yum-yum time!

What’s That Mean for Kitty Playtime?

First off, ditch the laser (for real, it’s kinda cruel). And while those super colorful toys might look snazzy to you, your cat’s all about the moves.  

A toy that gets their inner hunter fired up? That’s the golden ticket. But if you’re looking for something both fun and easy on the eyes, think yellow, blue, or maybe a bit of green.

Though your cat might not marvel at rainbows, she’s a pro when the lights go low. Cats love their twilight zoomies, being most active when the sun’s just peeking out. Heads up: if Kitty’s outdoorsy (though inside’s safer), they’ll be on the hunt. Anything that flits or scurries? They’re on it.

Ever notice that glow in your cat’s eyes in the dark? That’s thanks to this cool thingy called the “tapetum lucidum”—a shiny layer at the back of their eye. Dr. Alicen Tracey from Den Herder Vet Hospital in Iowa says this layer’s why pets’ eyes get that spooky glow.

And with their night-vision superpower, cats can wreak some outdoorsy chaos. They’re pros at nabbing birds and other lil’ critters. Keep an eye on your mini-lion, ’cause their eyes are always on the prize. 

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