Remember Ambrose Bierce’s “The Damned Thing”?
If yes, this might sound familiar.
It is a well-known fact that science confirms, that cats and dogs can hear frequencies beyond human hearing. However recently, it has come to light that they can also see things illuminated by light that is beyond the frequency range of human eyesight.
Now this is nothing spiritual and/or mystical. Cats and dogs can process UV and few other rays of the spectrum, things beyond the optimum for the human retina to tolerate and process. This was not known before; the earlier notion being that all mammalian eyes were of the same range (more or less).
A study conducted a few years ago by biologists at City University London, UK provided evidence for this differential in sight between species.
According to Pet MD:
“Have you ever felt that your cat or dog can see something you don’t? Well, you may be right, according to a new study. Cats, dogs, and other mammals are thought to see in ultraviolet light, which opens up a whole different world than the one we see, the study explains. UV light is the wave length beyond the visible light from red to violet that humans can see. Humans have a lens that blocks UV from reaching the retina. It was previously thought that most mammals have lenses similar to humans.
Scientists studied the lenses of dead mammals, including cats, dogs, monkeys, pandas, hedgehogs, and ferrets. By researching how much light passes through the lens to reach the retina, they concluded that some mammals previously thought not to be able to see UV actually can.”
This of course is pure science. What the implications might suggest however are of a more metaphysical nature.
Many individuals have experiences where their pet felines or canines bat their paws, emit noises or react in general to things that they themselves cannot see. My own experience closely followed my grandfather’s death.
Our cat named Double Stuff was batting at the air, meowing strangely and chasing something around the room trying to jump at it in the air looking at it on the ceiling.
It was almost as if something of a more inexplicable, supernatural kind was present in the room but the sight of which was privy only to the cat.
Now interestingly, there was no different UV light or black light as it is popularly called in the room when this went down. So why right in that particular moment would my cat choose to chase invisible things?
Then a few weeks ago, my sister experienced seeing “shadow people,” a phenomena commonly reported by people who suffer from sleep paralysis.
Given it was not an illusion, it was right then that the cat acted strangely, again, howling, meowling and hissing at something I could not see. And it did this in a strangely scared and bewildered way which was in no way close to being interested or curious.
Again, there were no black lights in the room.
So is it possible that what my cat saw was something preternatural? That will always remain a mystery to me…
Originally inspired by The Mind Unleashed