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How cats see the world

Friday, October 20, 2017

 

This is part 1 of the text of the talk given at our 2017 client night. Watch out for future installments.

Cats’ senses are very different to ours because they evolved as hunters and retained these characteristics even after they came to live with us.

Cats are descended from the African wild cat, which are ambush hunters of rodents, frogs, reptiles, and birds, but potential prey for larger animals. Our cats’ senses are unaltered from those of the wild cat. All that has changed in their brains is the ability to form social attachments to people

Cats eyes are suited to hunting at night.  The large cornea allows light to enter the eye and the reflective layer under the retina maximises light sensitivity.

This high light sensitivity would be painful in broad daylight so their pupils contract to a slit and their eyelids close to protect the retina in the day.

They have no need for colour vision at night and so see yellow and blue but not red and green. Size, pattern and shape of prey are more important to them.

The most critical aspect of vision in cats is that it is best from 2-6 metres away. This makes it difficult for them to take treats from our hands. However like us they have binocular vision, which enables them to judge the distance to prey, and to climb and jump accurately.

Their eyes are acutely sensitive to minute movements – like the twitch of a mouse’s whisker.

Training cats and other smorgasbords

Friday, October 20, 2017

An eager crowd heard Dr Georgia talk last night on training cats - before they train us. Earlier Dr Kate spoke on how cats perceive their environment, surprising all with the sharpness of cats' hearing, smell and vision in poor light.
A supper of delicious sandwiches and wraps kept energy levels and interest up and everyone went home with gifts for the felines in their lives and renewed interest in their cats' behaviour.
The text of the talks will appear here shortly.

Information night October 19th

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
   

Our information night this year centres on how cats perceive the world - and how you can harness this when integrating your kitten or cat into your household.
Secure your place at our popular annual information night. Phone us on 6251 1444 or email us as soon as possible.


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