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Your Cats and Dogs See More Than You Know

25 September 2015  

What does your pet see that you don’t?

Do you ever wonder what your cat is seeing that you don’t? Or how your dog finds the urine spot from another canine?

According to LiveScience, cats, dogs and other mammals are believed to be able to see in ultraviolet light. What does that mean?

Think CSI. We’ve all seen (and probably laughed at) the blue lights on the popular tv show. While the show almost certainly exaggerates the application of the UV light, it really is used in crime detection. (See The Practice of Crime Scene Investigation by John Horswell, page 97 and following.)

Ultraviolet vision has several purposes for animals, Live Sciens reports, "Bees and other insects use it to see colors or patterns on plants that can direct them to nectar. Rodents use it to follow urine trails. And reindeer may use ultraviolet light to see polar bears, which, in visible light, blend in with the snow.”

The speculation is that it also might affect your pet’s behavior. When your cat frolics around, it may be responding to something you don’t see. LiveScience offers a photo gallery called, Images: See the World from a Cat’s Eyes

Maybe the dog barking at night sees something that it thinks is dangerous.

This video shown on LifePixel shows the difference between how you look in regular light and UV light. I wonder if this is how your pets see you?

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.