How Cats See Human Faces


Learn more about how cats view us and how we could gaze at them through their eyes.

Have you had the pleasure of looking at your cat’s eyes and wondered what she sees when she stares at you? Cats perceive humans differently from how most humans perceive themselves. The view they have is unique to felines, and understanding this may assist you in understanding your cat’s perspective a bit better.

Can Cats See Us in Color?

Technically, cats can see in colour. However, they likely see everything else differently than we do. Cats don’t have many of the cones that react to red light. As a result, their world appears to be blue-grey, yellow, and blue. The colours green and red are tricky for cats to differentiate; therefore, if you’ve got flashy colour hair in red, it will not be noticeable to your cat.

But, a recent study suggests that cats could see colours that humans aren’t able to. A recent study conducted by researchers from London discovered that cats and other mammals could detect colours in the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum. These are hues that humans typically only see when under black light. Because there are many things around us with ultraviolet-coloured shades like flowers and birds, The world that cats see is very vivid!

No matter how glitzy, it could appear to be a blur if you’re too far from your dog. Human eyes have muscles that permit them to alter the shape of their lenses to focus on objects from different distances, and cats have no such forces and are focused on things between 6 and 20 inches.

Cats are colourblind and nearsighted and may perceive the world as if the black light illuminates it.

Do Cats See Us as Another Species?

Cats treat us like they are massive felines who are clumsy and naive. If a cat rubs against you and raises its tail, it is greeting you, in the same manner you would welcome a cat. Please look at dogs, who interact and play differently with dogs than humans, suggesting that they are aware of the distinction.

Researcher on cat behaviour John Bradshaw of the University of Bristol claims that cats may view us as a bit clumsy, and that’s precisely what we are, according to cat standards. Yet, despite many Internet memes, the cats do not view us as a foolish group of slackers. For all we know, a cat’s world rubs and purrs are not the way to greet a socially inferior individual.

They might also view us as family members. If a cat is kneading you with her paws, she’s treating you like kittens treat their mothers, and kneading is the kitten’s method of asking for milk. In contrast, when your cat seems to “groom” you, she may be treating you as an adorable kitten!

Can Cats See Human Uniqueness?

Cats can’t distinguish human faces from each other or don’t care about what we appear like. In 2005 Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas and Pennsylvania State University set an experiment where cats and dogs were taught pattern and object discrimination. They were taught how to select between two images to be given treats. If they were shown pictures of their handler’s face and that of a stranger’s, they only recognized the beginning of their handler about 50% of the time.

As part of the study, the cats were presented with images of the faces of a familiar cat and an unusual cat. They chose one of the faces they knew 90.7 per cent of the time. The cats picked the image of a typical outdoor scene in preference to an uninspiring outdoor setting 85.8 per cent of the time. It is clear that cats are adept at visual recognition, but not when they come across human faces.

In place of facial recognition, cats can utilize other signals, such as our scent, how we feel, or even the sounds of our voices, to determine who we are. Researchers from Tokyo University found that cats can recognize their owners’ voices. In 2013, researchers recorded the felines’ names being spoken by their owners and strangers, and the cats responded almost immediately to their owners’ representatives.

Who’s in Charge Here?

However, the study showed that cats did not leave their sleeping spots to anyone, whether they were familiar with them or not. Researchers concluded that cats do not respond to messages from their owners when they are not in their view. However, many cat owners claim that their cats are more likely to respond when expecting to get fed or invited into the home.

The reason is that cats came into the human world mostly in their way. They introduced human villages approximately 9,000 years ago in pursuit of rats that had arrived in town to steal stored grains. However, cats were eventually welcomed into their home with less behavioural training than dogs had millennia ago. Tokyo researchers observed that “[Cats] seem to take the initiative in human-cat interaction.”

Researchers also spoke to pet owners and cat owners and discovered that both owners were equally in love with their pets. However they perceive us, we certainly love our pets for their distinct perception of life, distinctive feline affection and inexplicably independent nature.