Regular visitors to ryesoftheGeek might have read a previous post on cat intelligence. Like many cat owners, I am often intrigued by the behaviour of the animal. This post takes a cats eye view of the world, thanks to the work of artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm.
Artist Nickolay Lamm has produced the images below that show the difference between how a human’s view of the world differs to that of a cat’s. Nickolay’s fascinating website can be found here.
Anyone who has owned a cat will notice that they sometimes ‘squint’ their eyes, my wife calls this the ‘shutty eye game’. As it turns out, this is likely to be a form of communication, where the cat is expressing affection or ease – at least according to Wikipedia. You may also notice that your cat doesn’t blink very often, they don’t need to blink like we do in order to keep their eyes lubricated. Cats have a third eyelid (or nictitating membrane) which moves horizontally across the eye from the inside to outside, which helps to keep the eye lubricated.
Before you go out any by your cat some prescription glasses, it is worth noting that their eyesight is augmented by a superb directional sense of hearing, and by their whiskers – which are tactile hairs.
Cats’ whiskers are extremely sensitive to minute air currents and should never be cut. This is because the whiskers primary role is to act like a ruler to help the cat determine if it can fit through a narrow opening.