It’s not a new thing to know that animals see and perceive the world differently than us. We cannot hear the dog whistle but our pet will dash towards us in a jiffy. Why is it like that? The dog whistle has a decibel louder than what our ears can perceive – but dogs can easily hear it and respond to it. Human hearing has its limits. It is the same for sight too. Light helps us to see, but we can only see a specific spectrum of light i.e VIBGYOR – the rainbow sequence – violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. But does light stop existing after that? NO – it’s just outside our capacity to see. That’s where the realm of the UV rays begins.
Why can’t we see it?
We as humans can’t see UV rays. Our retina is specifically designed to block off UV rays. Why? Scientists believe that it might be because it could damage our retina. Or it could actually give us better detail. Our eyes are sensitive to light and we let in selective light to get a detailed picture that could mess up with too much light. Whatever be the case, animals don’t work in the same way. A study led by Ron Douglas from City University, London, England found out that cats, dogs, and some other mammals actually do have such a lens that is designed to see the world in ultra-violet. This is especially true for nocturnal creatures who want to get in more light to function at night. But it’s the same with cats too – those glowing eyes are actually absorbing more light and seeing a different world than we do. This could be the answer to why cats might act crazy at times.
Or maybe there’s more
It’s really an irrational thing to say just because cats can see in UV, they get crazy. They don’t act like that all the time and if physics is correct, they can see UV light always. So, it’s a really odd thing that they choose to act crazy at certain times. The answer may lie beyond the realm of science. While UV rays are used in many applications, one of the secret applications of UV rays is ghost spotting. Ghost hunters use special infrared and UV cameras and send UV light pulses to check if there’s a ghost around. What we need a device to detect, cats and dogs are already fitted with it. Have you ever wondered why you can see your cat meowing and acting strangely especially when someone is a bit sick just before their death? It’s almost as if it can sense the Grim Reaper coming in. Cats have always been seen as a mysterious animal. It has been used in many movies as a creature coming out of the spirit world, or an animal that could be used to communicate with the spirits. It’s even used in different rituals. Cats have a special significance in the world beyond us.
Even dogs are not far behind
The dog is not somewhat different though. It is not seen as a mysterious being like the cat is. They are loyal and will always back you up. But that’s not the only quality of dogs. They can sense something in the air. When the terrible Indian Ocean Tsunami occurred in 2004, there were no dogs around. It seemed like they knew something was up and they fled. It has been the same for most natural disasters – animals seem to understand what’s wrong before it happens. So, it’s not a coincidence when you find your dog barking at thin air. Like cats, they can see things in UV light. Dogs have been known to ward off dark spirits. Unlike cats, they have always been treated as protectors. These loyal pets can even wake you up at night with their mournful howling. Sometimes, it’s an indication of the passage of a kind soul from this world to the next. Sometimes, it is evil too.
The shadow people
These are too many coincidences to be shrugged off. They must have some hidden meaning. You can check it out further when you have sleep paralysis. Do you know what that is? Scientists are stumped but they say that it is a stage when a person wakes up between the cycle of sleep and wakefulness – making them conscious but unable to move. It’s at this time that many have witnessed a phenomenon called ‘shadow people’. Scientists say it happens when a person is in a half-dreamy state and so it can be a projection of it. It’s an illusion. But it won’t stay an illusion if you find your pet acting strangely during that period. Maybe your pet knows something you cannot point out.
Scientists may not have found out the otherworldly realm. But just like UV rays exist without we being able to see it, how can we be sure spirits do not exist? Animals cannot speak to us, neither can we see the world in the way they do. No one can explain why animals behave strangely on some nights. Maybe, there’s an unseen stranger in the room?