Cats can see things invisible to our eyes

Cat eyes

The behavior of cats can be enigmatic, so much so that some things they do make no apparent sense. Now a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, suggests that these small felines, along with other mammalian animals such as dogs or hedgehogs, can see things invisible to the human eye; that is, they have the ability to see in ultraviolet.

Surprising, right? Perhaps that is why they sometimes behave so curiously.

Our eyes are only able to see what is known as the "visible light spectrum", which ranges from red to violet. But below this spectrum is the ultraviolet color, which only some animals can detect. Your eyes are prepared to transmit the wavelength of ultraviolet, by facilitating this light to reach the retina and thus generate an electrical impulse to the brain, where the information will be processed.

This skill can be very useful to those predatory animals, such as cats. Thanks to it, they can detect urine traces, both from members of their family and from other specimens, and thus have more control over their territory.

Gray cat eyes

A curiosity extracted from this study and the one that draws powerfully attention is the following: being able to see in ultraviolet is likely to see things that we do not see, and that even play with them or chase them. If you have a cat that likes to do strange things, now we can get an idea of ​​why they do the things they do.

Without a doubt, this study will force us to see these furry animals in a different way, as I understand them more and moreDon't you think And, perhaps, there are still many things that we have to discover.

The content of the article adheres to our principles of editorial ethics. To report an error click here!.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *



  1. Responsible for the data: Miguel Ángel Gatón
  2. Purpose of the data: Control SPAM, comment management.
  3. Legitimation: Your consent
  4. Communication of the data: The data will not be communicated to third parties except by legal obligation.
  5. Data storage: Database hosted by Occentus Networks (EU)
  6. Rights: At any time you can limit, recover and delete your information.