Can cats see in the dark? Do cats have night vision?


  • Cats may have been first domesticated as early as 4,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians.
  • Cats can see up to six times better than an average human in the dark.

Cats have an air of mystery surrounding them despite a second ranking in the list of most-owned household pets in the country. Myths about cats having nine lives and being able to see in the dark have been floating around for ages; yet, people still aren’t entirely sure about these mystical beings. Cat memes with red lasers shooting out of their eyes circulating the internet do not help.

According to the National Geographic, cats may have been first domesticated as early as 4,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians. Here’s what you need to know about cat vision in the dark, learned in the years of making cats our adorable housemates.

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Can cats see in the dark?

While cats can see up to six times better than an average human in the dark according to veterinarian Gary Weitzman in an interview with National Geographic, cats don’t exactly have night vision. The natural hunting instinct in cats allows them to see in very low light for all night adventures but in the case of absolute darkness, cats cannot see.

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