I did some experimenting this afternoon using a critter's eye-level view with a camera mounted on a home-made steady cam. These shots were all with ambient lighting (touched up, here and there in the editor). Yes, you are seeing spots! Here is a 01:10 length video of my spotted Egyptian Mau cat, Aladdin prowling his Kingdom:
His little screen test has encouraged me to think about possibly doing an animal-perspective short. I think living in the desert is starting to do strange things to my way of thinking! - smile!