Do cats see colors?


Have you ever wondered how your cat sees colors?

Experts have looked into the issue to draw some conclusions.

Aside from being a bit of a cat yourself, only science can try to explain it, so let's try to guess using some of that gray matter.

How cats' vision works: 

It turns out that cats are not able to see a wide range of colors because their eyes are different from ours. Cats do not visually perceive colors in the same way as humans, who see colors more vividly. Except those who are color blind, which is my case and therefore I get very close to what a cat can see except at night of course.

Cats are known to have a limited ability to see colors compared to humans, mainly because their eyes are not biologically the same as ours. They are known to be partially color blind because they cannot detect red tints, only blues and greens.

Some research has suggested that cats might view the world in a very similar way to that of a color blind human. Most people who are color blind can see some shade blue and green, but not shades of red. This is how cats see colors. Besides shades of blue or green, cats see shades of gray.

The color is discerned by the nerve cells of the eye. The retina of the eye has two main types of cells: rods and cones. The ability to differentiate colors is determined by the presence of special color-sensitive cells called "cones". Human and feline eyes have three types of cones that can identify combinations of red, blue, and green. But since humans have ten times more cones than cats, they like color variations more. According to scientific observations, cats do not seem to perceive the full range of colors that humans can perceive. Some scientists believe that cats only see blue and gray, while others believe that they also see yellow.

Color perception in cats: 

Here is a comparative representation between the perception of colors between humans and that of the cat.

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Remember that green is obtained by combining yellow and blue.

GREEN = YELLOW (a color your cat can't see) + BLUE (a color your cat can see)

Among the cords that we offer we prefer to put you by default the one made up of green and red.

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So your cat sees things yellow as a shade of green or blue because there is a blue and yellow light in everything green.

The cat cannot see yellow, but it can see blue. And the effect of blue and yellow (a color your cat can't see) is what he would observe as green.

When your cat sees a purple object, she will see it as blue, because purple is made of blue and red, and your cat can detect these blue tints.

Therefore, your cat can detect part of the color of an object that is green or purple because those colors each contain a color that your cat can see.

This is not the case, for example, when a cat observes a red object, because red does not have blue or green tones.

As you can see, it is not always as obvious as that so to go in the direction of our specialists and researchers we recommend the Green / Red which combined together will emerge mainly in green / gray.

The other aspect of our choice is that of aesthetics and it falls well because the other colors may be too glaring in the long term. The green blends in rather well with the exterior decoration and goes quite unnoticed in general.

For the more curious here is a complementary Video in English. Activate the subtitles for easier understanding.