Siamese Cat Vision: This is How Your Cat Sees the World

Siamese cats’ eyes’ have a way of mesmerizing us. Their bright, blue eyes are so beautiful that we can’t help but adore them when we meet them gaze to gaze. How do Siamese cats see the world? What could be their impression of us?

Keep reading! Everything you want to know about cat vision is in this article! 

How Sharp Is A Siamese Cat’s Vision?

Siamese cats have an impressive range of vision. Most of them, particularly the ones that are healthy, can see well even when there is not much light. Their vision is the clearest when looking at us or other objects less than six meters away.

Siamese cats have excellent peripheral vision. They have a more expansive field of vision than humans. We can see well near 180 degrees, but cats can see well beyond that at 200 degrees. This explains why they can detect a mouse or other wiggling toy even in the most tucked-away corner.

Siamese cats have excellent color vision, especially from gray to yellow to blue. They have trouble distinguishing between red and green tones. They usually have good eyesight and are less likely to have eye problems.

Can A Siamese Cat’s Eye “Zoom In”?

Siamese cats cannot really “zoom in” or fixate on the lenses of their eyes quite well. But even so, their exceptional long-range vision enables them to spot prey three feet away.

Their eyes are remarkable because they adapt to varying and dim lighting conditions.

Siamese cats can narrow their pupils when they see too much light. They immediately start absorbing less light as a result. Their pupils can widen on command and get 15 times bigger to give them a broader view. This is the reason why they have such an expansive field of view.

Is A Siamese Cat’s Vision Different From Other Cats?

The Siamese cat is like any other kind of cat in vision. The type of breed doesn’t influence all that much. Age plays a more significant role in determining how well they can see. 

Cats in their twilight years have a higher risk of developing eye conditions. Their vision is also influenced by their exposure to potential accidents and injuries.

How Do Siamese Cats See The World Compared To Humans?

Photo of a Siamese kitten with blue eyes by Katerina Gasset, author of the Siamese cat website and owner of Batman and Robyn- blue point and chocolate point Siamese cat siblings...

1. Siamese cats have vision anywhere between 20/100 and 20/200. Humans can see at a clarity level of 20/20 on average. Our feline friends must be 20 feet tall to see what we see from 200 feet up.

2. The visual field of Siamese cats is significantly larger than that of humans. Cats can see at 300 degrees, while people can only see at 180 degrees.

3. Siamese cats have more rod receptors in their retina than humans. Rod receptors control night vision. They have better night low-light vision than us.

4. Siamese cats’ retinas contain fewer cone receptors than humans. Cone receptors enable daytime vision and color sensitivity. This is why we are better at detecting and distinguishing colors than cats.

5. Siamese cats have superior night vision compared to humans. The “tapetum” in their retinas helps them see better in the dark. The tapetum is a mirror to refract the available light, allowing them to use even the merest lighting. This explains why we can occasionally witness their eyes glowing in the dark.

6. People can recognize and distinguish between a wide range of color tones. Siamese cats can see gray, blue, and green. We have superior color vision for detecting nuance and saturation compared to cats.

7. Siamese cats have the same three types of cones that we do in their retinas but they are in a different pattern. This explains why our feline friends might see red and pink as green. Purple, to them, is simply a different shade of blue.

Do Siamese Cats Recognize Faces?

Siamese cats have a strong visual recognition ability, except for human faces. They are exceptional at recognizing humans based on scents and voices.

In fact, you’ll be surprised how much they know their owner’s voice. Read more about it here: Do Siamese Cats Know Their Owner’s Voice?

This is why they respond quickly and approach their owners when they hear them. Cats rely more on their sense of smell and hearing than vision to recognize faces.

Did you know cats cannot recognize their faces? Siamese cats have trouble recognizing their faces, even when looking in the mirror. They still react with surprise and pounce whenever they look in the mirror.

What Is The Meaning Of The Phrase “Cats Kiss With Their Eyes”?

The cat’s slow blink is a “cat kiss” because it shows that cats have complete confidence in their humans. It is a friendly gesture from our felines and it means they adore us.

Siamese cats give “eye kisses” to those they like and trust.

Batman and Robyn, my Siamese kitties, are big fans of giving “eye kisses.” Even counting the number of times they have made it brings a warm, fuzzy feeling. Especially Robyn! She gives me a long, slow stare, sometimes closing her eyes halfway and then slowly blinking. 

It is up to us to interpret this adorable feline gesture.

I want to interpret my cats’ “eye kisses” as a gesture that they appreciate becoming a part of our family. I, in all honesty, also have the same feelings toward them! 

Why Do Cats’ Eyes Light Up In Pictures?

The tapetum causes a cat’s eyes to glow in photographs. It is a layer of reflective cells in the cat’s retina that catches and reflects light.

The reflective layer in your cat’s eyes is “tapetum lucidum .” You may have seen how brightly their eyes appear in some photos and videos.

Our cats can absorb incredible light because of their large eyes. The light from your camera’s flash hits your cat’s tapetum. The tapetum reflects it to the camera, resulting in glowing eyes.

What Are The Parts Of A Cat’s Eyes?

Photo showing a chocolate point Siamese cat with its blue eyes staring intently at somethng. Image by Katerina Gasset, owner and author of the website...

The Siamese cat’s eyes have different parts. Each performs a vital function in his vision. Time to learn more about your cat’s eye structure! 

The following parts make up a cat’s eye:

1. Orbit – the socket or bony cavity that houses the eyeball.

2. Iris – the circular, colored ring in the eye’s middle.

3. Sclera – the transparent, white part of the eye.

4. Pupil – the dark spot in the center of the eye.

5. Conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that lines and covers the inside of the eyelid.

6. Cornea – the transparent dome that sits on the front eye and serves as a protective barrier and a window for light.

7. Retina – the part of the eye that houses the photoreceptors or light-sensitive cells.

8. Area centralis – has thousands of tightly packed photoreceptors within the central retina. It helps make visual images sharper for your cat to see.

9. Lens – the structure behind the iris that directs and refracts light onto the retina.

10. Lacrimal glands – located at the top, the upper rim of the eye, and produces the watery component of tears.

11. Meibomian glands – secrete thick, sticky mucus and produce the oily component of tears.

12. Nictitating membrane – the third eyelid that protects the eyeball from scratches.

What Colors Do Siamese Cats See?

Our cats see in grayscale, yellow scale, and blue scale. 

They can make out blue-violet and yellow-green hues for daytime vision. 

Other colors appear to them as variations of the primary colors they can see and distinguish.

So does that make them color blind? Find out in this in-depth article: Color Blindness in Siamese Cats

What Colors Do Siamese Cats Like?

Blue is the color Siamese cats prefer the most. They have a sharp perception of these hues. To them, blue is the clearest color. Give them blue and yellow toys, and they will be happy.

Siamese cats also enjoy the contrast of violet and blue. This combination is soothing to them. You might have also noticed that vets dress in pastel tones to help cats feel more at ease during checkups.

Does Cats’ Eyesight Get Worse As They Get Older?

Cats’ eyesight, like that of humans, deteriorates with age. After a certain age, they begin to have trouble with visual image processing. Also, some senior cats (those aged 12 to 14) develop mature cataracts. Cataracts can lead to blindness.

You will start noticing this when your cat walks back and forth and bumps into the furniture. There is a possibility that your kitty will lose his appetite too. He might be having trouble locating his food bowl.

What Eye Problems Are Common In Siamese Cats?

Here are some of the most commonly reported eye problems in cats, according to cat owners:

1. Convergent Strabismus

Strabismus is a genetic eye condition that gives a cat the appearance of having “crossed eyes.”

2. Nystagmus

Nystagmus is a hereditary eye condition that causes uncontrollable eye movement or shaking. It can significantly weaken a cat’s peripheral vision.

3. Feline Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition in which the watery part of the eye behind the lens cannot drain adequately. This causes increased eye pressure, which can harm nerves and cause vision loss.

4. Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a degenerative disease that attacks the photoreceptors. It is an illness passed down from parent to child, where the cat has both copies of the genes that cause it. The cat experiences a 3-4 year period of worsening vision before losing his vision.

5. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

The most common feline eye disorder is conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammatory disorder of the thin mucous membrane in the eyelids. We call this condition “pink eye.” 

It is common for Siamese cats to experience a mild case of pink eye at some point. 

Your cat might feel pain and discomfort as a result. Pink eye is a common problem, but you should still talk to the vet about it. See if something more serious is happening.

Other eye problems Siamese cats can have (in rare cases) are:

  • Corneal ulcers
  • Cataracts
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes)
  • Trichiasis (irritation from the lashes)
  • Eye worms
  • Blepharitis
  • Melanoma (brown spots in the eyes)
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the inner eye)
  • Tumors
  • Eye infection brought on by foreign bodies. 

Thank you for reading! I hope you find this article informative.

I’ve discussed more of these eye problems here: Siamese Cats Common Eye Problems. Click the link to read the full article.

Want to immerse yourself more in the captivating world of Siamese cats? I’ve got all the information you need from their distinct color points to their fun personalities: Siamese Cats: Unique Features and Personality

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