Ever wondered how your cat sees the world? Artist Nickolay Lamm wondered too, so he consulted with ophthalmologists and veterinarians to put together images of different scenes as they would appear from the viewpoint of a kitty. Thanks to his nifty photo series, we can take a look at the likes of Times Square or a country meadow through the eyes of a kitty.
According to Lamm’s findings, cats’ vision is a lot fuzzier and less colorful than ours, and they can only see things clearly at distances of up to 20 feet. That sounds like a bummer, but they do have broader visual fields than we humans that span about 200 degrees instead of our 180 degrees. Where they really have people beat is night vision – cats have much better perception in low lighting than we do. Their eyes are also better at picking up on fast-moving images or objects, which might explain their paws darting at everything from floating dust particles to dangling yarn. What I really want to know is whether my cat can see what’s happening on the TV when he watches with me. [Wired]
Are you still serving your cat a tepid bowl of tap water alongside their crystal plate of Fancy Feast? Ugh, how dare you insult them like that? Distinguished felines deserve a much more refined beverage pairing. Like wine. For cats. Thanks to a Japanese company, now oenophile kitties can partake in a vino just for them: it’s called ”Nyan Nyan Nouveau,” and while it doesn’t have any alcohol in it (probably for the best, as everyone knows there’s nothing meaner than a wine-drunk cat), it does contain Cabernet grape juice and catnip to get them feeling nice and frisky. [Kotaku]
Ready to feel like the worst cat mom ever? A new study shows that stroking your cats could be making them more stressed out. When researchers at the University of Lincoln set out to study the way cats handle living alongside humans in the same home, they tested stress hormone levels in cats before stroking them at various levels. When they measured those stress hormones again after petting them, they found that none of the cats liked being constantly touched, though the study noted that some were “prepared to tolerate it.”
I am now guiltily picturing my cat tensing up and steeling himself whenever he sees my hand heading toward his furry head. Keep reading »
Snoopybabe is more famous in China than [Insert Something Famous In China] and he is just an adorable kitty cat. Snoopy has 275,000 followers on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter ) and 190,000 on Instagram. Is this remotely surprising? Look at him. His droopy eyes make him look sad and longing like North West grasping at hope for a normal childhood. Oh, it is devastatingly adorable. It’s kind of like when a baby trips and falls and starts crying but you get all happy inside even though they are sad because their faces are so squishy. Read more on College Candy…
Pussy, as in pussycat, pervs. This shirt is certainly a lot of look, but I think Rebel looks purr-fect. [Photo: Splash News]
Meet Lily the cat and Lucy the hedgehog. Lily is curious about her new critter friend. Like any cat, decides the best solution to the situation is to sit on the problem and is shocked when she realizes that hedgehog spines aren’t very comfy. Lucy is one patient little hedgehog. Too freakin’ cute. [New York Daily News]