CATS Day + Night Vision

Have you ever wondered how cats can see so well at night and during the day? Well, it’s not magic or some kind of superpower – it’s all in their eyes!

During the day, cats see just like we do. Their eyes have a similar structure to human eyes, with a lens that focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye. However, their eyes also have a layer of cells called the tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back through the retina, giving them better vision in low-light conditions.

At night, the tapetum lucidum really comes into play. It helps to amplify any available light, allowing cats to see much better in the dark than we can. In fact, cats can see up to six times better in low-light conditions than humans!

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for our feline friends. The downside to having such sensitive eyes is that they can be easily overwhelmed by bright lights. Ever shine a flashlight in your cat’s face and watch them squint and look away? That’s why.

So there you have it – cats’ amazing night vision is all thanks to their tapetum lucidum. Just don’t go blinding them with bright lights, or you’ll be on their naughty list for a while!

Mariette Kammerer