Most pet owners, whether they admit it or not, have wondered what it would be like to see through their pet’s eyes…well, now you can!
For our latest research project, we tried to recreate the world as pets would see it, and to make sure we got it right we asked the Cheshire Veterinary Clinic to make sure we got as close to the real thing as possible. A series of four gifs of a dog, cat, rabbit and gecko, give an insight into your pet’s lives and help pet owners to better understand their furry companions.
Here is an overview of each animal:
- Dogs colour vision is based on the yellow and blue spectrums. They can’t distinguish green, yellow or red objects based solely on their colour. However, they can distinguish a red ball from a green one if there is a difference in the perceived brightness of the two.
- Cats have an exceptional visual field. Humans can see up to 180 degrees however, cats can see up to 200 degrees. They also have better night vision to aid with their natural nocturnal hunting behaviour.
- Rabbits vision is designed to help them against approaching predators, therefore the eyes are placed high and to the sides of the skull, which allows the rabbit to see nearly 360 degrees. However, the repercussion for this vision is a small blind spot directly in front of their face
- Geckos have excellent colour vision at night, which is an advantage for a nocturnal hunter. Their eyes are actually up to 350 times more sensitive to colour at night than humans
Campbell Thompson BVM&S MRCVS, of Cheshire Veterinary Clinic, comments: “Though we cannot be 100% sure this is the perfect rendering of animal vision, these gifs give us a chance to see some of the known differences between our eyesight and that of our pets. Many keen pet owners have a tendency to think of their pets as a mini version of themselves but this shows that the way our pets see the world is actually very different from us. I wouldn’t feel too sorry for them though, what they might lack in colour, they make up for in other senses such as their superior sense of smell – which makes their experience of the world probably a lot richer than ours in reality!
See the gifs below: