Many pets (dogs, cats, parrots …) are known to enjoy watching TV or listening to the radio. Although it is a “cute” and “somewhat harmless” habit, it can sometimes have certain negative effects.
Generally speaking, both dogs and cats have a different vision than humans. In addition to perceiving more images per second, they have better night vision and better see the movements of the viewed object. It is also important to note that both dogs and cats are better able to see at a distance, that is, often they see nearest objects slightly blurred. In addition to vision, for the purpose of creating a mental image and image of a particular object, they rely especially on other senses – smell, hearing, contact (cat’s “mustache”), … This is important to emphasize, because unlike people, they do not look at objects in the same perspective (depth) when watching TV, so, for example, larger animals in the distant part of the image on the screen do not often associate with the animal species in question.
Today, specific dogs or cats programs, can be found on the Internet and in some countries directly on TV channels. So, TV viewing programs for puppies are known for the purpose of their better socialization – the programs are divided into 3 categories (relaxation, stimulation and “detection”). Their function is to stimulate their senses, all for the sake of better socialization.
Certain studies of the general behavior of cats and dogs with humans show that they understand relatively quickly that while watching TV, everyone in the household is relaxed which often relaxes them too and creates them a more comfortable and “safe” atmosphere.
However, frequent and prolonged watching of TV (as in humans) can also lead to eye fatigue with various health problems. Also, it is necessary to take into account the fact that cats are instinctive hunters and in their games as well as lurking prey, by watching certain TV programs, they can replace the real prey with the image on the screen. This can ultimately result in destroyed devices as well as environmental damage.
There are several factors which influence the “enjoyment” an animal can take from watching a TV – their response to TV imagery will depend on the frames per second, colors, contrast, clarity, movement, subject matter, and (perhaps most importantly) the temperament of the animal
Therefore, watching TV for pets should not, as a rule, present any special problems. Of course, if they are dosed and under the constant supervision of their “owners”.