Did you know that your cat's eyes differ from our own? Interestingly enough, cats don't see as well as people or some other animals in the daytime. Because their eyes are shaped and function differently, they are born with other abilities that allow them to be great hunters as well as sense any threat. Here are a few facts about your cat's eyes that you probably didn't know and which may also explain some of his behavior.
Part of the reason cats are great hunters is because they are able to see especially well in the dark. Their eyes are larger and rounder than humans, in relation to the rest of their body. The size and shape allows them to see well in dimly lit conditions. This makes it easy for them to hunt at night and catch their prey. If you're really lucky, they'll bring back evidence of their hunting, including the birds and mice they catch.
Cats are only able to focus clearly within a few feet. Lucky for them, their keen sense of smell helps them to know when danger is approaching. Cats are also particularly sensitive to movement and vibration. They can sense someone in the area before they actually see the person or animal. Because cats are very sensitive to any type of movement, they can actually hunt easier at night than during the day when there is bright sunlight.
As your cat ages, this awareness diminishes, requiring extra care so that they don't run into problems with other animals that they can no longer sense by movement alone.
Because cats can't rotate their eyes as much as humans, their peripheral vision isn't as good as people or other animals. This lack is made up for in their flexibility. They are able to turn their heads further than humans and other animals and this allows them to easily see in any direction.
So, there you have it. The major differences between cats eyes and people. Understanding how your cat's eyes work can actually help you in understanding his behavior a bit better - including why at times he seems to more active at night.