Category Archives: Cat Eyes

Why Cats Stare Into Space | It’s Not Because They’re Weird

Do all cats stare into space? I do! And while you might think I’m looking at nothing, you’d be surprised by what I see. 

Why cats stare into space

Does your cat stare into space?

Do all cats stare into space, Thomasina? Or is my cat just being weird when he sits perfectly still staring at nothing?

— Creeped Out Cat Mom

Hey, Creeped Out Cat Mom!

I guess it would be sort of creepy to a human to see a cat staring at what appears to be nothing. But when cats stare into space, we’re usually watching something that’s too tiny for a human to see. Or maybe your cat’s listening to something you can’t hear.

Remember, our vision is much better than yours is in low light. And, no offense, but our hearing is much better than yours is, too. 

Why Cats Stare Into Space

The Eyes Have It | How Cats See In The Dark

Can cats see in the dark? Can we see red? Are we colorblind? Not really. But we do see colors differently than you do. And about seeing in the dark… it depends on how dark it is. 

Can cats see in the dark?

Can cats see in the dark. It depends on how dark it is.

Can cats see in the dark, Thomasina? I want to move my cat’s litter box to the basement. Will he be able to find it?
— Just Wondering

Hi Just Wondering…

Oh, no! Please don’t move your cat’s litter box to the basement. He’ll hate that! 

Can cats see in the dark? That depends on how dark it is. While we see better than you do in dim light, we can’t see in total darkness.


If you move your cat’s litter box to the basement, he’ll probably be able to find it. But it could be so difficult, he might decide it’s just not worth the effort.


How Cats See In The Dark

How Cats Speak With Their Eyes

Do cats speak with their eyes? We do! I put together a catspeak glossary for you, so you can look into your cat’s eyes and see what she’s saying.

Cats speak with their eyes.

What is your cat saying with her eyes?

Can cats speak with their eyes, Thomasina? Sometimes my cat looks at me with so much affection, I feel like she’s saying “I love you.” 
— Curious

Hi Curious…

Ohhh… Lucky you! Yes, cats speak with their eyes, and some of us have a special look to tell our humans we love them. I don’t though. Not all of us are that… ummm… demonstrative (How do you like that word? My human typist came up with it).

Your cat can tell you all kinds of important things with her eyes. I did this translation for you.


How Cats Speak With Their Eyes

Do Cats See Red?

It’s a myth that we’re colorblind. But it’s also not true that cats see red, and the color makes us angry. Keep reading to find about the wonders of cat eyes and the beautiful shades that color our world.

 

Do cats see red? Red is one of the colors they can't see so it doesn't make them angry.

If your cat’s angry with you, it’s not because you’re wearing red!

Do cats see red, Thomasina? I was wearing red socks the other day, and my cat went crazy and attacked my foot.

–Bruised

Hey Bruised!
Ouch! I’m sorry your cat attacked your foot. He must have been very confused about something. But I don’t think he literally saw red and freaked out.

In answer to your question, cats don’t really see red. Our world is lovely pastel shades — we see colors in the
purple, blue, green and yellow ranges. But we lack the cones in our eyes to see red, orange and brown. To us, they appear in shades of gray, although we can sometimes tell the 
difference between red and green, red and blue, red and gray, green and blue, green and gray, blue and gray, yellow and blue and yellow and gray.



Why Cats Don’t See Red