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What colors can cats see?

Cats are often portrayed as mysterious creatures, lurking in shadows with their gleaming eyes. A common question among cat owners and enthusiasts is: What colors can cats see? Contrary to the popular belief that cats only see in black and white, recent studies have shed light on the actual color spectrum visible to these feline friends. This blog explores the intriguing world of cats' color vision, debunking myths and revealing how their vision differs significantly from humans.

Cats’ Vision Compared to Human Vision

The anatomy of a cat's eye is uniquely adapted for their lifestyle. Like humans, cats have two types of photoreceptor cells in their retinas—rods and cones. However, the distribution and function of these cells differ markedly. Humans typically have a balance of rods and cones that allows for both color and low-light vision. Cats, on the other hand, possess a higher density of rod receptors, which enhances their ability to see in low light conditions but at the expense of color detail and richness.

This adaptation is crucial for their nocturnal habits. While humans see a vibrant world under the sunlight, cats are equipped to hunt in dawn and dusk, relying heavily on light sensitivity and motion detection rather than color differentiation. Therefore, while we enjoy a full spectrum of colors, cats perceive a more muted environment. It's estimated that cats see colors similar to a human who is color blind to reds and greens—seeing more in shades of blue and green, and less of reds and yellows.

By understanding these differences, we gain insight into the feline perception of the world, which is not just a duller version of our view but a finely tuned system that supports their survival.

What Colors Can Cats See?

While cats may not see the rich palette of colors that humans enjoy, they are not limited to merely black and white. Research indicates that cats' color vision is somewhat akin to color blindness in humans, particularly those who have difficulty distinguishing between reds and greens. The colors cats can perceive are primarily blues and greens.

The Science of Feline Color Perception

The key to understanding cats' color vision lies in the types of cones in their eyes. Cones are the photoreceptors responsible for color vision. Humans typically have three types of cones that can detect red, green, and blue light. Cats, however, have a more limited range, primarily equipped with cones sensitive to blue and green wavelengths. This configuration means that while blues and greens appear vibrant, reds and yellows may turn out to be more muted or confusing for them.

This limited color perception is not a disadvantage but rather an adaptation. Cats' eyes are optimized for hunting and survival rather than enjoying a colorful environment. The presence of numerous rods in their retinas allows them to see in light levels six times lower than what a human would need. This ability to see in low light, combined with a decent perception of blues and greens, ensures they are effective during their nocturnal activities.


Practical Examples

For a practical perspective, imagine a cat looking at a typical garden scene. The greens of the grass and leaves might be distinct and clear, whereas a bright red flower might appear as a darker, less vivid blob. This helps explain why certain toys or items might be more or less interesting to a cat based on its ability to distinguish the colors.

Implications of Cats’ Color Vision

Understanding the color vision of cats offers valuable insights into their behavior and how they perceive the world around them. This knowledge can significantly affect how we interact with them and the environments we create for them.

Behavioral Implications

Cats' vision is tailored for hunting and survival, emphasizing movement and light changes over color differentiation. This means that cats are more likely to respond to toys and games that involve movement or subtle shifts in light rather than those that are brightly colored. For example, a toy mouse that scurries across the floor is far more stimulating to a cat than a stationary, brightly colored object.

Furthermore, the muted color perception in cats might explain why they sometimes ignore objects that are visually striking to humans. This insight helps pet owners and designers of cat toys and accessories to focus more on texture and movement rather than color to engage and entertain cats.

Environmental Implications

In terms of environment, knowing that cats are better at detecting blues and greens can guide pet owners in choosing items for their homes that will attract and please their feline companions. For instance, cat beds, blankets, and play areas that include shades of blue might be more appealing and comforting to a cat than those with reds or pinks.

Additionally, this understanding can also influence how we design lighting and space for cats. Soft, diffused lighting that mimics twilight can make indoor environments more comfortable and visually accessible for cats, enhancing their sense of security and well-being.


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Status & Button Indicators

Smart cat litter boxes come equipped with various indicators that provide insight into their operation and maintenance needs. Familiarizing yourself with these can help you address issues promptly:

Solid Blue:
Ready for use

Flashing Blue:
Setting up WiFi

Solid Blue & Button Indicators ON:
Firmware upgrading

Solid Blue & Button Indicators Flashing:
Restoring to factory settings


Solid Green:
Cat / weight detecte when stationary

Flashing Green:
Drum returning to Home position

Flashing Green Twice:
Child Lock on/off



Cats see the world differently from humans, with a vision adapted not for color richness but for efficiency in low-light conditions. Recognizing the colors cats can see helps us understand their behavior better and allows us to create environments that cater to their unique vision. Whether it’s choosing the right toys or setting up their living space, considering how cats perceive their world can significantly enhance their quality of life. We invite you to observe your cat’s reactions to different colors and environments, promoting a deeper connection and understanding between you and your pet.

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