Posted: 23 November, 2016 by Newsroom

There's Proof That Your Dogs And Cats Really Are Watching TV

Tags: pets

You’re not imagining it - your pet really has been paying more attention to the TV!

Social media has been flooded with images and videos of dogs and cats sitting in front of televisions and "watching" our favourite shows, particularly when they involve other animals.

A video posted by Madel Cruz 💌 (@madelio) on

Australia’s favourite vet Chris Brown took to Facebook to explain that we’re not imagining things. Due to advances in technology, our pets are more aware of our TVs than ever before.

He said, “If you look on social media, you’ll notice that more and more of the furry family are being found watching animal shows and nature documentaries. The reason? Well, it’s all because of what happens when their eyes watch modern TV’s compared to the old analog sets from a few years ago.

“You see, old TV’s worked by flashing up a new image around 25-50 times a second. And while our eyes couldn’t pick the images changing, our dog’s sensitive eyes could. So instead of seeing a smooth, moving image, they just saw a frustrating and confusing flickering. Fast forward to the modern day and our new digital TV’s refresh at least 100 times per second. Their eyes now can’t detect the images changing and suddenly, what used to be a mysterious flashing box in the corner of the room makes sense! They see smooth motion...

“That TV now delivers leaping lions and leopards into their lounge room. No wonder they’re excited!”

Image: @dexterthecoolestlabradoodle

Tags: pets

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