Some say the world is only an illusion created by something greater, beyond what we can perceive. Certainly the mind itself uses a lot of shortcuts to help us navigate our reality so illusions will always be a part of the human experience. But did you ever stop and consider how they might affect members of the animal kingdom?
Cats in particular have a tendency to obsess over visual stimulation. A laser pointer can keep them entertained for hours on end. In much the same vein, optical illusions completely throw off their understanding of space and distance. See how these cats react to the “rotating snake” illusion.
Of course it doesn’t always work.
But most of the time it does.
When it works they are completely enthralled. It makes you wonder if you can trust your own perceptions.