If you have been following me on twitter then you would know I have been looking after my friends Bengal cat for about 6 months now. It has been an interesting journey, they do not behave like normal cats, if you want a nice quiet cat then DON’T BUY A BENGAL! They are beautiful but very VERY energetic & vocal. Looking after this cat is almost like having a child because it wakes us up at certain times every night (normally between 4am- 6am). It is far too energetic, loves attentions and I cannot even go to the loo in peace without him following me every time! Something to look forward to when our baby arrives so I guess this is like a practice run.
I am always fascinated by this cat because he is such a little hunter so I do wonder, how good are cat’s eyes? Last week whilst I was working away I suddenly heard a loud bang thinking it was the cat knocking wanting to come back in (it is a clever cat) however, when I looked he was in the middle of killing a dove in my back garden!!! I totally freaked out and called my husband straight away. That poor dove, it didn’t stand a chance with this cat, he was so quick. He literally has the eye of a tiger! It wasn’t nice to watch him killing this poor bird and it was too late to try and save it but it was fascinating at the same time… 1) how on earth did he manage to catch a bird as they don’t land in our garden?? 2) his eyes must be so sharp 3) he must have bloody good eye sight.
I doubt very much human eyes can ever be as good as cats. According to our neighbour he catches mice in our front garden too and as far as I am concerned there are no mice there. Obviously he can spot them, is able to hunt and catch them too. They definitely have shape vision than us humans, the photo above is of him bird watching every morning from our bedroom window sill. I am so fascinated watching him because his eyes move so fast and he can spot something so quick, sometimes I am even trying to see what he can see but never succeed.
In my defence my vision is not 20/20 (even with glasses I am sure my vision is still not quite 20/20). I soooooo want to know if cat or other animals in general can be short or long sighted? Can they also get things like cataracts when they get older like us humans? Would I seem crazy if I ask my vet these questions next time I see her? How do cats eyes work? Are they built in the same way as human eyes and as a pet owner how would you even know if your cat is short sighted because it’s not like they can tell you? Either way I am forever fascinated by this cat and will continue to be until I find some answers to these questions. Please enlighten me if you have answers!