Monday, June 6, 2011

Can Cats See Colors?

To make it simple, cats and dogs can see some colors, but not all. Cats and dogs have deuteranopia, commonly called red-green color-blindness.

The inset picture in the image above shows what a cat might see when looking at the larger picture.  To sum it up, cats see blue and yellow fine,  but other colors are problematic.

The image was created in Gimp using the colorblind filter and a screen capture. To use the filter, click View → Display Filters… and select what type of colorblindness you want to check.

See also:
Veterinary Topics: Feline Vision
The Straight Dope: Are cats and dogs really color-blind? How do they know?
Colorblind Web Page Filter
The Island of the Colorblind by Dr. Oliver Sacks.


  1. Interesting Breeze. Thanks for the education.

  2. I like this Mr Breeze..please keep on with the feline education. Some kitty may own their life to it one day.

  3. It sure explains by my favorite color sponge ball is blue.