Can Kittens See In The Dark?

No. When kittens are born, they take about nine to fourteen days to open their eyes. After they open their eyes, they take a little while to see clearly.


Later on, as adult cats, they have great night vision, but they are not able to see in complete darkness.

Cats’ corneas and pupils are way bigger than ours and that is the reason a cat’s eye receives seven times more light than a human eye.

Leaving the light on is not recommended, but neither is total darkness. So the best thing to do is to leave a dim light. 

Should I Leave A Light On For My Kitten?

Leaving on some dim light will aid your kitten if it wants to get some water or food during the night, but it won't affect the development of its sleeping routine.

Cats are mostly active at dusk or dawn, making them crepuscular animals. They need low levels of light to be able to move as freely as possible.

Are Cats Nocturnal Or Crepuscular Animals?

Cats can see 200 degrees with their peripheral vision, unlike humans who can see 180. They also see objects and movement best at a distance of 2 or 3 feet away.

How Far Can Cats See In The Dark?