Are cats myopic?

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Cats are short sighted for the simple fact that they have very little need to focus on objects at a distance. They can, however, detect even minute movements, which is very important to their existence as predators.

There are many myths about how a cat uses his eyes. They are not, for instance color blind, although they do not see reds and shades of brown, focusing rather on yellows, greens, and blues.

Also, cats cannot see in pitch blackness, but they do see well in very low light. Cats are not nocturnal as is commonly believed, but they are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk.

All of a cat’s senses work together to facilitate its ability to interpret the world at large. Cats are not only gifted with a keen sense of motion, but also acute hearing, and a finely tuned sense of smell. Add to this the sensory data received from the whiskers on the face and legs, and there’s little a cat misses.

By nature, felines are observers, preferring to get up on high perches and take in the scene around them. They might not be able to read the big E on the eye chart, but let that chart flutter in the slightest breeze, and your cat will detect the motion instantly.

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