can cats see in colour

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    Cats eyesight.

    Cats have excellent night vision and can see at only one-sixth the light level required for human vision. This is partly the result of cat eyes having a tapetum lucidum, which reflects any light that passes through the retina back into the eye, thereby increasing the eye's sensitivity to dim light. Another adaptation to dim light is the large pupils of cats' eyes. Unlike some big cats, such as tigers, domestic cats have slit pupils. These slit pupils can focus bright light without chromatic aberration, and are needed since the domestic cat's pupils are much larger, relative to their eyes, than the pupils of the big cats. Indeed, at low light levels a cat's pupils will expand to cover most of the exposed surface of its eyes. However, domestic cats have rather poor color vision and (like most non-primate mammals) have only two types of cones, optimized for sensitivity to blue and yellowish green; they have limited ability to distinguish between red and green, although they can achieve this in some conditions.

    I don't know...but I've had cats all my life & I believe so.  My current cat can look at a can of catfood and either purrs or jumps away from his bowl.  Maybe it's not the color? maybe he can read?  I'm not sure how anyone could know for sure.  As a Doolittle I will ask my cat and get back to you!

    I've spoken to my cat, and he sees in color.  He can also read, but he is an exceptional cat!  He says my aura is beautiful...but my soon to be X has a puke green and black aura- figures :)


    LOL maybe I can teach Ollie how to read.

    Yep when Kobe gets mad he sees red......

    I dont think so but you can ask a vet


    I totally agree in what west-bus................ is saying in his answer the do have excelant vision at night that is where they got the road lights from really.... catlights it is debateable wether they can see in colour or not I thiught it was in chromatic vision lets hope they can see some colour I have done a test in my own cats and they do seem to go for red/orange mice rather than the grey mice that I put down so pehaps they do see a bit of colour

    cats night vision is awesome

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