Cats are masterful hunters, with razor-sharp senses and powerful eyes that can spot distant prey even in low light. So why is it that when you put a kitty treat right in front of this graceful warrior's face, it takes an eternity of sniffing and searching for them to finally find it? (That is, if they don't lose interest first). It turns out that those impressive eyes come with a trade-off: very close objects are impossible for cats to see.
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The tapetum lucidum is a reflective surface behind the retina that helps certain animals to see in the dark. 01:00
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