There’s no denying that cats have extraordinarily unusual eyes. Not only are they exquisite enough to have inspired the name of a style of a gemstone, but they really do look different than the eyes of most other animals. So what exactly is Fluffy seeing through those pretty peepers? Can cats see color? Better yet, how well do they see compared to humans?


1. How are cats’ eyes different than ours?

Apart from noticeable differences in appearance, the biggest difference between cat eyes and human eyes can be found right in the retina, the layer of tissue behind the eye which contains cells known as photoreceptors. Photoreceptors convert rays of light into electrical signals, which are then processed by nerve cells and sent to the brain to be translated into images that we see.

Vet examining a cat's eyes bymuratdeniz / Getty Images


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