Wild animals have plenty of reasons to employ camouflage. When you’re nearly invisible it’s easier to find food and it’s also easier to hide from predators trying to make a meal out of you. Unlike wild animals, household pets have life made. With regular meals, a warm bed to sleep in each night, and little to no chance of being eaten by a larger beast. Still, some pets are so good at camouflaging they would make owls, cheetahs, and even chameleons proud!
Where does your pet like to hide when they know they are going to be in trouble? Some pets are better at getting away with peeing in the family room, or chewing up your new sandals, take the tricky pets featured in this post for example. They know just how to use their camouflage abilities to their full advantage.
If you’ve got a sneaky four-legged friend that can blend into his or her surroundings, you better be careful because your furball may be a few steps ahead of you! Enjoy these adorable household pets using camouflage to escape chores, unwanted cuddles, and of course, trouble.
Can you see me meow?
Cat with a marble coat, I wonder which came first the floor or the kitty? Either way, it’s clear what color patterns this owner is attracted to!
Is there a kitty there? The puuurfect stuffed animal for this cute kitten, without it she could never escape all of the human hugs and kisses.
Cats are always better at being sneaky than dogs. While the Golden Retriever sort of blends into the floor, the cat has her camouflage game going on.
Don’t even try to sit in this chair or else you will be chased by a mini leopard
You’ve got to let your eyes adjust before you can actually see the ptarmigan–although not really a household pet, this bird sure sets the bar high for camouflage.
Did you know there are different types of camouflage in the animal kingdom? Some animals have the ability to hide beneath a rock or amongst sand and leaves. Other animals take it a step further, adopting part of the environment directly onto their coat. Three-toed sloths, for instance, grow green algae on their fur to better hide in the trees they call home. And coral crabs solicit young polyps to attach to their shell in order to better camouflage with the coral reef.
Then there is the ultimate camouflage, being able to change your colors in accordance to the surrounding colors. Mammals are restricted to white, brown, black, and yellow shades, but fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds are able to morph into a much larger range of colors including vivid reds and greens.
Many mammals see only in black and white, which makes it even easier to hide using camouflage, but it’s not that easy. Animals have an entire region of their brain dedicated to identifying the edges of things, meaning camouflage has to be conducted just right or else an animal can be given away. Animals that are the best at camouflaging are typically colored in dots and arrays of different colors, making it much harder to identify an outline.
Depending on who or what an animal most often needs to hide from, they employ different camouflage tactics. Zebras use their dazzling pattern to confuse predators, while the Israeli sand gecko blends into the sand to help hide from predators and hunt for food.
Careful not to step on the dog!
You can’t see me here… can you?
Who wants the towel on top?!
I think this camouflage works best if you are avoiding someone color blind…
Are you my mommy?
Will the real pomeranian please stand up?
Think these pets are good at camouflaging? Just wait until you see these 15 stunning examples of owl camouflage.