Blind as a Cat

I read somewhere that a cat can’t see as well as a human during the day but they can see effectively in light as low as one sixth the level of effective human eyesight. Another thing about a cat’s vision that is supposed to be better than a human’s is their ability to detect even slight motion in their field of view. These are facts that I am not certain about (and I’m too lazy to look them up) but if they are true then Frankie has a problem with his eyesight.

I always knew Frankie was not as good at catching lizards as Chris or Puck. Sure, he did catch a rabbit last year while at the same time evading capture from two people. That was impressive, but rabbits are big and easy to see.

I noticed lately on our walks that he doesn’t seem to notice lizards as well as you would expect. Even the indecent with the snake that I wrote about on Monday’s post made me think he was having trouble seeing it. Below is a video that shows a little of what I am talking about.

Just so you know, that’s not my house. What do you think?

14 thoughts on “Blind as a Cat

  1. elizabetcetera

    Maybe Chris has ADHD or simply doesn’t find lizards to his liking.

    Cats seem to be most excited about play and hunting at dawn and dusk. Try taking Mr. Chris out at one of those times and see if his lizard interest / hunting abilities improve. Keep us posted!

  2. Summer

    Maybe he’s just not that excited about lizards? Or it’s possible it’s not his eyes, but his nose… we find things with our scent at least as much as our vision – in fact, we usually smell critters before seeing them (that’s how we know we should look!). Maybe he can’t smell them all that well.

  3. onespoiledcat

    Some good thoughts from others here – not interested in lizards or not smelling them in the first place…I often have the thought that Teddy can’t HEAR very well then I am reminded that cats do precisely what they FEEL like doing 24/7 including paying attention! HAHA



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