Have you ever wondered how your furry friend perceives the world? While we, as their human counterparts, can see a brilliant array of colours and have a heightened ability to clearly view still objects from a short distance, we also have our limitations when compared to them.
Most of us were taught that Cats and Dogs are colour-blind but that’s not entirely the case. Remarkably they are able to see all types of colours but mostly in different shades, like blue’s and yellow’s. This isn’t so much of a problem as it is for us pet parents, where we have rely on certain colours to tell us if food is rotten or safe to eat or like knowing when to stop or drive at the traffic lights.
With sight alone, your Cat or Dog can expand their peripheral vision up to 250 degrees (for Dogs) and around 200 degrees (for Cats) compared to our 180 and can spot even subtle movement for up to 800 meters. Cats can hear and locate incredibly high-pitched sounds to help them catch rodents and some breeds of Dogs have a sense of smell thousands of times better than we do. No wonder they are always waiting for us at the bowl before we have a chance to pour their food in!
A better understanding of our companions and how they see the world might just give you some insight in to why they behave in certain ways and allow you to grow even closer to them.