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What does your world look like for your cat?


Cats are a different species than dogs. They have lived in and around human settlements for millennia, but their sensory, emotional and mental makeups are completely different from our own. As such, they can offer us an entirely new perspective on the world we live in as well as what it means to be a companion.

by David Stone

Assorted Ideas, Large & Small

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Cats see the world in a completely different way than we do. They have a much keener sense of smell and hearing, and their emotions are very different from ours.

They can be very affectionate, but also independent. Cats are intelligent creatures and can be trained to do tricks. In the end, we may never really know what goes on in a cat’s head, but that doesn’t stop us from loving them all the same!

1. Cats see the world in a completely different way than we do

Cats are mysterious creatures, and their inner lives remain largely a mystery to us. However, recent research has shed some light on how cats see the world. Unlike humans, who have trichromatic vision, cats are dichromats, meaning that they only have two types of color receptors in their eyes.

As a result, cats see the world in a much more limited palette of colors than we do. They also have poor depth perception and poor night vision. However, cats make up for these deficiencies with other senses that are far more developed than ours. For example, cats have an acute sense of smell and can detect minute changes in temperature.

They also have sensitive whiskers that help them navigate in the dark and avoid obstacles. So while cats may not see the world in the same way that we do, they still have their own unique ways of experiencing it.

2. They have a much keener sense of smell and hearing

Cats are often lauded for their sharp senses, and with good reason. They have a much keener sense of smell and hearing than we do, which comes in handy when they’re hunting for prey or trying to avoid predators.

Cats also have an excellent sense of balance, which allows them to walk gracefully along narrow ledges and climb trees with ease. But cats aren’t just gifted athletically – they’re also incredibly smart. Studies have shown that cats are adept at solving complex problems and can even be trained to perform simple tasks.

So the next time you see a cat perched atop a bookshelf or napping in a sunny spot, remember that there’s more to them than meets the eye.


3. Their emotions are very different from ours

Cats are often thought of as aloof and independent, but the truth is that they are very emotional creatures. While their emotions may not be as complex as ours, they still experience a full range of feelings, from happiness and love to fear and sadness.

Cats express their emotions in many different ways, through their body language, vocalizations, and behavior. For example, a purring cat is usually content and happy, while an aggressive cat may be feeling threatened or angry. Understanding how cats express their emotions can help us to better care for them and ensure that their needs are met.

4. They can be very affectionate, but also independent

Cats are often thought of as independent creatures, but they can actually be very affectionate. They bond with their owners and form strong attachments. cats usually become attached to the people who provide them with food, water, and shelter.

But they also develop bonds with people who spend time playing with them or simply petting them. cats show their affection in different ways, such as purring, following you around the house, or sleeping on your lap. However, cats also have a strong independent streak and often like to do things their own way.

They may not always want to be cuddled or petted, preferring instead to curl up in their own space. But even when they’re being independent, cats still enjoy the company of their human companions and will often seek them out when they’re feeling lonely or scared.

5. They are very curious creatures

Cats are natural explorers and love to investigate their surroundings. They are curious about everything, from the smallest insects to the tallest trees. This curiosity often gets them into trouble, as they may chew on electrical cords or climb onto high places. But it also makes them interesting and entertaining companions.

Cats are always finding new things to do and places to explore, which can make life with a cat never boring.

6. They communicate in their own language

Cats communicate with each other through a variety of sounds, from meowing to purring to hissing. They also use their body language to communicate, such as by arching their backs or flicking their tails. While we may not always be able to understand what they’re trying to say, cats are very good at communicating with each other. So the next time your cat is meowing at you, try to listen and see if you can figure out what they’re trying to say.


Cats are fascinating creatures with their own unique perspective on the world. By understanding how they see the world, we can better appreciate them and meet their needs. Cats are intelligent, emotional creatures that deserve our love and care.

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