Our Cat’s Unique Eyesight: Questions, Answers & Common Myths Debunked

Our Cat’s Unique Eyesight: Questions, Answers & Common Myths Debunked

There are quite a few rumors, mistruths and myths out there when it comes to our cats. Like they have nine lives, always land on their feet or can give you “cat scratch fever.” Out of these three examples, only the latter is true since it’s possible for felines to contract something called a Bartonellosis infection and pass it along to others through their scratches or bites.

But what about other tall tales regarding felines? Let’s take a look (pun intended) at some common questions and myths about cats and their powerful visual traits:

Can They Really See In The Dark?

This may be one of the biggest rumors circulating around about one of our favorite four-legged, furry friends. The truth is the majority of nocturnal animals have some significant differences in their vision that allow them to see much better in dim light compared to other creatures.

Although after hours hunters like cats and owls can not see in complete and total darkness, they do have unusually large eyes that allow more light in for better sight at night. When their pupils open up in response to the decreasing light, they can increase so large they cover the entire surface of the front of their eyes.

Do Cats Only See In Black-And-White?

This is another common myth that is only partially true. Cats are not colorblind, but they do have some difficulty distinguishing between certain shades. Compared to our own vision, cats see colors somewhat more muted than we do and not quite as crisp. For example, felines see blue the best but have trouble with darker shades of red.

Can Felines See Better Than Humans?

The short answer to this question is yes. Again, since their eyes are not formed or shaped in the same way as ours, they have certain traits that enhance their vision better than our own. Because their pupils are elliptical, they open and close much faster than ours which means their eyes adjust to the light much faster than our round pupils.

Eyes contain rods and cones in order to better enhance our eyesight and cats have a higher ratio of cones to aid with their vision as compared to humans. This gives them the ability to detect even the slightest of movements which accounts for their excellent hunting skills.

Felines and other carnivores that hunt primarily at night have a unique layer of mirror-like cells located at the rear of their retinas that humans do not possess. These cells are known as tapetum lucidum which collect and reflect light for more enhanced eyesight, especially at night.

Are All White Cats With Blue Eyes Deaf (or even one yellow and one blue)?

The immediate response to this question is no, but there are some notable exceptions to this oddly circulated rumor. There is a higher probability that white cats with blue eyes will be deaf or have hearing issues. A white cat with one blue eye and one yellow will be more likely to have deafness in the ear nearest to the blue eye if they are going to have hearing problems at all.

So now that we’ve “seen” all this information about cats and their unique visual attributes, we can safely say we won’t be caught blindsided by these types of myths and know the real truth behind what our cats can actually see. Don’t forget to share this with all of your favorite feline lovers out there on social media.

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What should I do if I find a stray cat?

What should I do if I find a stray cat?

Cats are well known for their independence and love of exploring their surroundings, which sees them wandering as far as they please. However, they may sometimes need a little help finding their way home or indeed, finding a home.

If you find a stray cat, there are a few things you can do to get them home, or find them a new one. Argos Pet Insurance has put together some tips:

Keep them calm

It may seem like a big task but coaxing them into a carrier, or a makeshift carrier, and covering it with a blanket to ease stress is the best way to calm a cat that may panic in an unknown environment. Never carry a cat in your arms as you are at risk of being bitten or scratched.

Ask neighbours

Knocking on doors in the local area to spread the word is the best place to start after finding a cat, as it may live in the local area.

Check for a microchip

Unlike dogs, cats aren’t legally required to be microchipped. It is strongly recommended that all cats be microchipped, however, so it’s likely that a cat with a home will have one.

If you find a stray cat, take it to the local vet who will be able to check. If it is microchipped, this will help to reunite your new furry friend with their owners.

Get advice from local services

Taking a lost cat to the local vet or animal shelter (if your country has no kill shelters!) is the best thing to do. They may be able to trace the owner or help with rehoming the cat.

The RSPCA offers downloadable materials on their website, such as paper collars and ‘found pet’ posters. You can attach a paper collar to the cat with a note, which may help to find its owner.

Use lost and found registers

There are a number of online resources that help to reunite owners with their missing pets.

Pets Located is a free website where you can register a stray cat as found, and also see whether its owner has reported it as lost. If there is no response after a couple of days, put posters up in the local area as someone may still be searching for their missing pet.

Another option is to contact the Cats Protection. They have a Lost and Found Register on their website and will happily assist you.

Know when to leave a cat alone

If a cat doesn’t seem very approachable, it may be feral. In which case, it’s usually happy to live outside, as long as it’s healthy. If the cat appears to be in immediate danger and you need to intervene, always take precautions to avoid being bitten or scratched.

In some cases, local councils or animal charities may have a programme in place to neuter feral cats, so get in touch with them to check.

What to do if your cat comes home injured

If your cat looks like they might be injured or is not taking the food or water you’ve given them, make sure you take them to the vet to get checked over. Pet insurance may be able to help with any unexpected vet bills.

What if I’ve lost my cat?

We’ve got some great tips on how to search for your lost pet effectively here. Pet insurance isn’t just for when your pet falls ill; it can also cover the cost of advertising a lost or stolen pet. Visit www.argospetinsurance.co.uk for more information on our pet insurance policies.

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

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Antibiotics and pets

Antibiotics and pets

Author: The PDSA

Antibiotics have been a vital weapon in the battle against bacterial infections in humans and animals for many years. However, some microorganisms are developing resistance to antibiotics, with fears this could have a major impact on treating infections in the future.

PDSA vet nurse, Katy Orton, said: “Antibiotics were seen as something of a ‘silver bullet’ when they were first discovered but the more an antibiotic is used, the higher the chance that bacteria mutate and become resistant to it. Without effective antibiotics, bacterial infections would become impossible to treat and any procedures or operations, and even dental work, could become increasingly dangerous.”

“Antibiotics have to be used responsibly and we need to take steps to ensure we have effective antibiotics – both now and in the future.”

Rebecca has also put together some top tips for pet owners that can help to prevent antibiotic resistance:

  1. Antibiotics are not always the answer

Not every condition requires antibiotics – for example, they don’t kill viruses.   Don’t insist on antibiotics if your vet doesn’t think they’re needed. To make sure antibiotics stay effective now and in the future, they should only be used when they are really necessary.

  1. Keep your pet healthy

Healthy pets are more likely to be able to fight off infections themselves. Keeping your pet at the correct weight by feeding them an ideal diet for their age and lifestyle helps them to stay healthy, as does keeping them fit with regular walks.  Preventive care such as vaccinations and neutering are vital and if your animal becomes unwell, go to your vet straight away.

  1. Do not self-medicate your animal

Only use medications prescribed for that specific pet. Don’t share antibiotics between animals or re-use tablets prescribed for a different illness. They might not work or be out of date. You should also never give human medicines to your pet, as this can be incredibly dangerous.

  1. Wash your hands after petting your animal

Our hands are the most common way germs are spread. Although these germs can be harmless, they may also be those that cause diseases, such as stomach bugs. Washing your hands properly with soap and water is the single most important things you can do to reduce the spread of infection.

  1. Diagnostic tests might be needed

In order for your vet to know whether treatment with antibiotics is really necessary and, if so, which antibiotic will work best, they might recommend a laboratory test. That way, your vet can prescribe the right antibiotic for your pet’s bacterial infection.

  1. Follow the dosage and instructions

Give your pet the medicine at the correct dose, and continue the set of antibiotics until the full course has finished. If your pet seems better after a short time continue the treatment until the medication has run out, or call your vet for advice.

  1. Talk to your vet

If you have questions about antibiotics, talk about this with your vet. They are best placed to advise you about your pet’s treatment.

 

PDSA and The Bella Moss Foundation are encouraging pet owners to become Antibiotic Guardians by visiting antibioticguardian.com

PDSA is on a mission to educate the nation on pet wellbeing and is delighted that funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is helping the charity to continue this vital work. For more pet care tips log onto www.pdsa.org.uk/pethealth.

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor / guest author do drop me a message.