Are Cats Color Blind? How Do They See the World?


If you own a cat, you’ve probably taken the time to buy him tons of colorful cat toys to pique his interest and get him to play. While that’s great, have you ever wondered if your cat is color blind, like dogs are said to be? Will some colors get your cat’s attention more than others?

Before we go any further, the answer is no, cats are not color blind.

So how do cats view the world? Are some colors easier to spot? Can they see as well as humans? We’ll answer all of these questions and more in the article below.

Do cats see everything in black and white?

For years it has been and still is commonly believed that dogs and cats only see things in black and white. But, while they certainly can’t see a rainbow of colors like humans, they do see a lot more colors than just black and white.

In fact, cats see colors, but not the same way we do. So how is cat vision different from our vision?

Cat Vision Vs. Human Vision

Cats have fewer cones in their eyes than humans, which means they can’t see the rainbow of colors that we can. In fact, cats have 10 times fewer cones than us, which prevents them from differentiating all colors.

To compensate for this difference, cats have higher concentrations of light rods in their eyes, allowing them to see more easily at night and detect movement that humans cannot. That’s why you’ll find your cat easily going through a dark house while you bump into anything that gets in your way.

Humans can see between 100 and 200 feet away from them. On the other hand, cats can only see up to a distance of 20 feet.

Humans have 50% smaller corneas than cats. These are just some of the differences between humans and cats when it comes to eyesight, but this in no way makes the cat color blind – cats just don’t see the same colors as we do.

In other words, cats are not color blind. They just see colors much less vibrant than humans.

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Image reproduced with the kind permission of Pixabay

What colors do cats see?

If your cat isn’t colorblind, but can’t see the range of colors you can see, then you’re probably wondering what colors a cat sees.

The truth is that we still don’t have an answer to this question, at least not a concrete one. Some experts believe that cats only see in shades of gray and blue. However, other experts disagree and believe they can also see yellow and green colors.

However, it has been proven that your feline friend cannot see pink or red hues, so these are colors you will want to avoid when shopping for cat toys.

Are blue-eyed cats blind?

You may have heard the rumor that blue-eyed cats are blind. Also, have you heard the rumor that white cats are always blind too? The good news is that these rumors aren’t entirely true. However, having a white coat increases a cat’s risk of being deaf, especially if they also have blue eyes.

So if your adorable white kitten has blue eyes, chances are the cat is deaf, but not blind.

There are many rumors about cats that are not entirely true. You just need to do your research to determine which rumors to believe and which to ignore.

What does being colorblind mean to your cat?

Knowing that your cat can’t see all the colors of the rainbow can make you feel bad for them. However, there is no reason to do so! Your cat has superior night vision to compensate for this fact, which most humans wish they had.

However, you may want to rethink the colors of the cat toys you buy for your pet so they can play with them even more.

What color toys should you buy for your cat?

Cats will see, be attracted to, and enjoy playing with toys that are the most blue and yellow. Pink, red, and purple toys are the least likely to grab their attention because they don’t see those hues.

However, just because the toys you buy for your cat are colors that he doesn’t see them well doesn’t mean you can’t give those toys to your cat. There are toys that make noise when your cat touches them, have smells, and even movements that will attract your cat and hold their attention without it being a color that they can see.

Final Thoughts

This answers the question of whether cats are color blind and how they view the world around them. Fear not, though, because cats more than make up for their inability to see all colors with their superior night vision and ability to see things we can’t.

Featured photo courtesy: Pixabay


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