How Cats Can See in the Dark

A reflective layer behind the retina amplifies light, allowing cats to make the most of dim conditions.

Tapetum Lucidum 

Cats have a high concentration of rod cells which detect low light. Humans have more cone cells suited for daytime vision.

More Rod Cells

Cat pupils open very wide to let in as much light as possible in dark settings.

Wide Pupils 

Cats have a 285 degree field of view, with enhanced peripheral vision to spot prey in the dark.

Field of View  

A cat's retina has more light-sensitive cells per square inch compared to humans.

Sensitive Retina

Cats see the slightest movements, helping them hunt successfully at night.

Motion Detection

Cats see some color, but have fewer cone cells, so their night vision is in black and white.

Color Perception  

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