Colors Cats Can See


Artist Nickolay Lamm consulted three experts to hypothesize how cats view the world compared to humans. It was once thought that animals, including cats and dogs, could only see in black and white. However, scientists have proven this to be a myth. In all animals, including humans, the perception of color is determined by the presence of cells in the eye called cone photoreceptors

Do Cats See Like Us?

Humans are known as trichromats, meaning they have three kinds of cones that allow them to see red, green, and blue. Cats are also thought to be trichromats, but not in the same way that humans are. Cats and dogs are just like color-blind humans, seeing some colors but not all of them.

What colors do cats see?

Cats do not see colors the same way we do. They see green and it takes yellow to make green, so cats can see some shades of yellow, as well. Blue is a component in color such as purple, meaning your cat’s purple prey will look blue instead of gray. Other colors, such as pink, look gray or black your kitty.

Do Cats Have Night Vision?

What gives cats their superior night vision, besides their hugely dilating pupils, is a higher density of light-sensitive rod cells and a special reflective layer in the retina called the tapetum. Cats can’t see fine detail or rich color but have a superior ability to see in the dark. Cats can see using roughly one-sixth the amount light that people need.