Why do cats have vertical pupils?

to have sharper vision
to better see in the dark
to be more attractive
it is a useless mutation
The sharpest image is produced by round pupils, and if cats weren’t noc­tur­nal, they probably would have round pupils like us. But the vertical pupil, in com­bi­na­tion with hor­i­zon­tal eyelids, gives the cat greater and more accurate control in dif­fer­ent types of light­ing. A cat may adjust the amount of light by moving eyelids only.

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to have sharper vision
to better see in the dark
to be more attractive
it is a useless mutation
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to have sharper vision
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to be more attractive
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