Comment of the Day: How Cats Really See in the Dark

In today's comments, we contemplated what made the number 1729 so special (a lot!), rooted for our favorite anti-heroes, and speculated on just what it was that gives cats their almost supernatural ability to see around corners.

In response to this post, on the ways cats see differently than humans, commenter iain.delaney reminds us that, lest we feel too bad about cats so clearly winning the night-vision contest, cats also are depending just as much on another advantage for sensing their way through the dark, their whiskers:

You need to remember that their eyesight is augmented by a superb, directional sense of hearing, and their whiskers. Cats' whiskers are extremely sensitive to minute air currents, and they can move through total darkness; navigating with their whiskers.

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