· Have you ever wondered what your pet really sees when they look at you?
· New interactive tool lets you see the world through a dog, cat, rabbit and bird’s eyes
Ever wondered what it’d be like to see yourself through your pet’s precious eyes?
Well, a new tool can now show you, allowing you to add pictures of yourself and toggle on the eyes of the different pets. Animals don’t have the same eyes as humans and can see the world in a very different way, including fields of vision, and colours, with some even seeing colours we can’t see.
TrustedHousesitters, a global pet and housesitting site created the interactive tool, looking at the science behind the eyes of pets, and using technology that allows people to discover how their furry (or feathered) friends see everyday life. People can upload a picture here of anything for a glimpse into the eyes of their pet.
Try out the Instagram filters here: https://www.instagram.com/ar/555211393295111/
Here is more of the science behind our pets’ eyes:
How dogs see the world
There’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white, however, they can see colour but only in blue and yellow, as well as shades of grey.
A dog’s vision is actually comparable to the roughly 9% of humans with red-green colour blindness, with red, orange and green out of a dog’s colour spectrum meaning they can’t see them.
Pooches also have an increased field of view, as their eyes are more spaced apart than humans, so they have more side vision.
How cats see the world
In studies, cats don’t appear to be able to see the full range of colours that humans can. Some scientists say they can see shades of blue and gray, whilst some think they can see some green. Because of this, cats rely more on detecting motion—which is where they get their cat-like reflexes.
They do have a wider field of view than humans (200 degrees instead of 180 degrees) and a greater range of peripheral vision, meaning they can spot that mouse or toy moving in the corner. They also have better night vision, as they are active at night and during the day. Interestingly they don’t see as well in brighter light and things can look more blurry to them.
How rabbits see the world
Rabbits have a particularly peculiar vision, with the world appearing grainy and even two-dimensional at close ranges.
They can see better in the dark than humans and have a pretty close to 360-degree vision, due to having their eyes on the side of their head, but are limited to two-colour vision.
How birds see the world
Not only can birds see the same colours as humans, but birds can see colours that are completely invisible and inconceivable to humans—mind-boggling!
A human’s vision is trichromatic, meaning we detect light from three types of retinal cone photoreceptors – red, green and blue light. A bird’s vision is known as tetrachromatic, meaning they have the ability to detect wavelengths in the near ultraviolet range.
Angela Laws, award-winning community manager of TrustedHousesitters, commented: “The bond we share with our pets is so special, and truly understanding how they perceive the moments and life we share with them makes that bond even stronger.
“We created this tool to allow people to learn more about pet vision—from understanding your pet’s favourite colour to realizing how they see you, it can give owners a newfound understanding of their best friend—furry or feathered.”
Learn more about pet vision and experiment with the free tool at https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/blog/pets/through-pets-eyes/ to start exploring the world through a pets’ eyes.