Why do cats stare at nothing?
Cats do many things that surprise us – besides being extremely smart, playful and cute, they can act strange sometimes. If you ever wondered why cats stare at nothing or at the walls like they saw a ghost there, this article will give you the answer.
As it turns out, there are several reasons for such behavior, and all of them have nothing to do with the supernatural.
#1 They actually see something
When looking at dark walls in a poorly illuminated room, cats can actually see more than we do. As cats have more rods in their retina, their eyes are more sensitive to dim light. When you think your pet is staring at nothing, it might in fact be looking at dust particles, very small insects or sunlight glinting.
#2 Cats probably see in the ultraviolet
UV light doesn't reach our retina because the lens of our eye filters it. Some mammals do see UV light, which helps them in hunting. Recent studies suggest that cats and dogs are most likely among them.
#3 Cats have an acute sense of hearing
Even if your cat might not be seeing anything, it can be hearing something you're not. Cats can hear even such small noises as insects or rodents climbing on the other side of the wall. So when a cat is looking at an empty corner, it might be getting ready for an encounter with a prey.
#4 They try to figure out what's going on
After hearing a strange sound or seeing something, cats can take some time to think about it and understand what's going on. Their survival and hunting instincts make them suspicious of everything new, so they usually try to be cautious and make sure nothing is threatening them before going about their business.
Do you have a cat? What strange things do your pets do?
By the way, do you know why cats love boxes more than expensive cat beds?
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