Common Questions About Cat Nipples

If you ever asked a question concerning your cat’s nipples, you will find the answers here. You may be wondering… “Who the heck would be talking about cat nipples!?”. Well, I guess I am and plenty of people are curious! I know it is a funny subject but you may learn something new. So here are the most common questions asked on Google about feline nipples! Woo!

Do Male Cats Have Nipples?

Yes! Like other male mammals, male cats have nipples too! It is believed that the nipples are developed in the womb of mammals before the sex is determined. This is why males have nipples, even though they don’t really have any purpose.

How Many Nipples Does a Cat Have?

There isn’t one set answer for this. Cats almost always have an even amount but cats have been known to have odd amounts as well. As for the number, cats can have as little as 4, but as many as 10! The average number being 6. Yes, this includes male cats as well! Some kittens from the same litter may have different amounts. You can have 2 kittens with 6 nipples and 4 kittens with 8 nipples. Sex doesn’t change the number, but purely genetics.

Is Nipple Size a Sign of Pregnancy?

Sure is! When a female cat is pregnant, much like other mammals, her nipples will change. Around 35 days, her nipples will become bright pink and larger. This is because the breasts are preparing to feed the kittens. Everything swells up and becomes sensitive.

Think your cat is pregnant? Check out Is My Cat Pregnant? for information on what to do next!

Where Are Cat Nipples Located?

When looking for a cat’s nipples, you have to look on the belly. Unlike humans, cats have nipples below the chest area. You will find them in even rows an inch or two away from the pelvis. Because of fur, it may be hard to find all of them but two can be found on the fine fur lining of the lower belly.

Some cats do have balding around the nipples making them very visible but this is completely normal and nothing to worry about. If you notice the bald spots are getting larger and they are becoming uneven in shape (often caused by excessive licking), it could be a sign of an infection or skin irritation on the nipple. If you notice any swelling or discharge and your cat is not pregnant, take them into a vet ASAP.

Do Cats Leak Milk? Is It Normal?

Just like pregnant women, pregnant cats can leak milk just the same! This is actually quite common and normal. You may see her licking it off but do not worry, it is perfectly fine. She likely doesn’t like her fur being wet. Leaking nipples doesn’t necessarily mean your cat is close to giving birth. It can happen anytime throughout the pregnancy but it is more likely to happen the closer to birthing she is.

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304 thoughts on “Common Questions About Cat Nipples”

  1. Hi so I got this cat last month and the lady said she hadn’t been spayed yet and she was three months old so I just thought okay ive got to spay her soon so she cant get pregnant but come to realize she is actually 5 months, and may be pregnant from her brother who also wasn’t spayed but im not sure if im picking up wrong signs, should I be worried?

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    • Thanks for your comment, Tiana. Unfortunately, female cats can become pregnant as young as 4 months old which is why it is important to either keep them separate from males or get them spayed at 3 months. A female who is pregnant at a young age can run into health complications and the kittens are less likely to survive. Since she was around her brother who is not neutered, there is a good chance that she might be pregnant. She should be taken to a vet ASAP.

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  2. Hi our cat is 9 months old and miss 8 was counting her nipples she has 1 interest armpit of each front leg is this normal?

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  3. Ok so there is a stray cat that comes around my house I let her inside to it and then she cries to leave. I’m going to set a appointment with a vet to get her checked out. But her nipples are low hanging and it seems like there might be milk in them I’m not sure. She can’t be more then 6 months old deff not older then one year. She is very small and skinny with low hanging nipples. When I pick her up it feels like pouches. Do you think she just had kittens. Should I follow her to see idk what to do. I want to keep her and find her a home but if she just had kittens I don’t want them to die with out their mom so I let her back outside. She doesn’t go far tho or just stays outside my house.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Marcia. There is a good chance she had or has kittens, yes. Female cats can become pregnant at a very young age but the younger they are, the higher the risk the kittens will not survive. If she is underweight, she might not be producing milk because of malnutrition which is bad for the kittens, if there are any. You can see if she will lead you to her nesting area. If there are any kittens, it is a good idea to move them for her to a safer area and bring them to the vet with her to get checked out. You should buy some kitten formula (KMR) once you confirm there are kittens and start feeding them right away as she likely has not been producing much if any milk at all.

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  4. We got this kitten at 3 months old, and had her spayed shortly after. She is now 7 years old and has her back pair of nipples bare of fur and developed like a pregnant cat nearing birth.The rest of her nipples are very hard to find because of her fur, and she is short haired. she is healthy, eats well and exhibits no health problems. What could be causing this?

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    • Thanks for your comment, Ronald. This is likely just due to her aging. If they do not look irritated or infected, there is likely no cause for concern. If you notice swelling, discharge, or you excessively licking them, it is best to take her into a vet to rule out any medical issues.

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  5. hello! i just adopted a stray (she litterally just walked into my house and has been glued ot me since) who i did take to the vet as she was super malnutrioned. we can tell she had babies but its been long while, we can tell they been whined off or possibly passed away. she started getting proper food and all of it went straight to her nipples, so now they are full of milk. but get this only a few did. is that normal to have a few tits get filled of milk? one is kinda huge looking to me so it worries me but this is also first time dealing with anythign pregnancy wise with a cat. also would her going thru horomone changes and getting used to having good food be reason her poo smells more then normal?

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    • Thanks for your comment tinag. She is still likely going through the hormonal phase of feeding kittens, and without kittens to feed, she will become swollen and tender. This should go away in a few weeks. She could have been malnourished to the point where she was not producing any milk and her body is just reacting according to a delayed response from hormones. If you have any concerns with anything looking or feeling strange, it is best to have a vet check her out.

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      • thank you so much! i figured it was a case of not able to produce milk. i just never heard of only a few tits get filled of milk while others dont, but im guessing that was a case of all of them were almost dried out til she started to get proper food and care. thank you again. i useally go to my vet for everything but they been SWAMPED with people so i thought id try my luck for what others thought first.

  6. My cst is pregnant. We took her in on May 20 and they said she was about halfway through her pregnancy. Is not june 4th and her nipples have a white cap and black dogs around each nipple. Is it because she keeps licking and sucking on them? Is this normal? This is my first time experiencing a cat pregnancy and I’m concerned.

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  7. there is one nipple on my cat that is kinda concerning me one of the nipples are about to fall off is that normal

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  8. i HAVE A 13 YEAR OLD DIABETIC CAT. I JUST NOTICED ONE OF HER NIPLLES HAS BECOME BROWN AND HARD AND HANGSDOWN. SHE USUALLY DOES NOT LET US TOUCH HAR STOMACH, BUT AS I WAS BRUSHING HER I NOTICED IT. IN THESE DAYS ON CORONAVIRUS I AM IN ITALY AND CAN NOT GET HER TO A VET ANY IDEAS WHAT IT MIGHT BE.

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    • Thanks for your comment Pauline. If your cat isn’t showing signs of pain and there is no sign of pus or drainage, the nipple could have lost circulation and died. If this is the case, it will eventually just fall off. Just let it be and keep an eye on it. When you are able to, take her in to see a vet just to be sure but you shouldn’t have anything to worry about if there are no infectious signs.

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  9. My cats pregnant and she has these little brown spots around her nipples, she’s been checked for fleas and she has none. The brown spots don’t wipe away very easy and she doesn’t act like anything’s bothering her. Is this normal and does it mean labors near?

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  10. My kitten’s name is Amara. She just got spayed 2 days ago. And I noticed that she has nipples on her belly. She’s 6 months old and has never been in heat. Do I have to be worried ?

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  11. Hi, my 17 yr old neutered orange taby licks his two bottom nipple areas raw and has for years. His top nipples get a white toothpaste consistency stuff I squeeze out every now and again to ease pressure ( at least that’s what I think I’m doing. He has fatty lumps on him which the vet said aren’t too worrisome. But..beside his two nipples are lumps, under his skin like the fatty lumps. Size of grapes. I’m woundering if these are built up same stuff that builds up in his upper nipples or just the fatty lumps. The important part is there is one on each side beside these two nipples that cause him I think is pain. Coincidence? I will save up money for a vet visit but until then any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  12. My male siamese is almost 3 years old and has man boobs. His bottom two glands are kind of lumpy his nipples are not swollen. But they hang low like he breast fed lol. But he also has these lumps behind his hind legs should I be concerned

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    • Thanks for your comment Aileen. Male cats will develop sagginess sometime after they have been neutered. It starts around 2 years old and will continue as they age. This is nothing to worry about. You will, however, want to take him in to a vet to check the lumps behind his legs as they can be a number of things.

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  13. I trapped a young feral and had her spayed, etc. The vet said the way she was stretched down below looked as if she’s already had kittens. She got loose in my condo while recuperating from the office visit and has refused to leave. It has been a couple of weeks and I just noticed her nipples are long but not swollen. Now I’m worried and feel bad if young kittens were left out alone? She is skittish so I don’t get to see much of her, but she is beginning to relax.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Laury. Unfortunately, if she did have young kittens the best you can hope for is that someone else found them and took them into a shelter. Kittens without a mother have a very low survival rate because they rely so heavily on their mother for the first 2 to 3 months of their life. If she was taken away before they were trained to hunt and eat without her providing milk, I am sorry to say they would not have made it a few weeks without her. Most only last 2 or 3 days at best. This kind of thing happens often so don’t be too hard on yourself. Now that she is spayed, she will no longer be at risk of having more kittens and is less likely to catch or spread feline diseases. If you do intend on keeping her, feral cats can become perfectly fine indoor-only house cats with some work and patience. Her showing signs of relaxing a very good thing. If it is at all possible, I hope you do keep her or she is able to find a forever home and be off the streets. However, I know in some cases this is not an option and they have to be rereleased. Again, you did a good thing for her and her future so don’t feel bad over the what if’s.

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  14. I recently got a male kitten on Craigslist he is about 3 months old. I just got another kitten which is female and I think she may have not been ready to leave the mother yet She is maybe 8 or 9 weeks old. She is very very small and has a fear of people.hiding most of the day but she does play with boy kitten well. As for food she is eating wet canned food. I woke up in the night to see her sucking on the males teits. I’m concerned is this bad? What should I do?

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    • Thanks for your comment Jeri. She was taken from her mother too soon. 12+ weeks is ideal. She likely still needs milk. You can get some kitten formula and a bottle from a pet store, some larger grocery stores carry it as well. The stuff you want is KMR (You can see what it looks like here: https://amzn.to/2ZV2GBT). You can choose between the powder and the liquid in the cans. The powder gives you more for your money but you have to mix it with warm water for every feed. The same brand as the formula makes the bottles as well (https://amzn.to/300UH6q). You will want to feed this formula to her for 3 weeks and see how she is doing after that. I recommend taking her to a vet when you can to make sure she is not severely underweight.

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  15. My adult 5 year old spayed cat has two breasts that are very enlarged. Nipples are fine. I just rescued her. She is eating and was recently shaved, so her breasts which are near her hind legs are more pronounced, she is eating fine and seems happy. I don’t know what or if there was any trauma in home previous to mine. I’ve looked at pictures of different conditions and can’t find one that looks like hers. I would like advice and a link to help with any vet costs if you could please help

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    • Thanks for your comment Lisa. Depending on her age, they might not be developed enough to see them. Look for round patches of fur that is thin or missing. That is where her nipples will be as she gets older.

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  16. Hi! My cat is 5 years old, not spayed. She recently had to go to the vet because one of her nipples developed a white bump at the tip which turned out to be filled with white fluid and caused by an inflammation. We had that treated but as I started to pay more attention to her nipples, I noticed that the top ones are much smaller and paler in color than the bottom ones. Is this normal?

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    • Thanks for your comment Olga. This sounds like it can be down to circulation. Because she is 5 years old, not spayed, and never had kittens she is more prone to issues with her nipples and breast tissue such as poor circulation, fluid build-up, and abnormal growths.

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  17. Is it possible for a female cat to be pregnant n only have 2 of her 6 nipples engorged? The 2 kittens my other female had were suckling on the female with the 2 engorged nipples. Never saw that before. Please help.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Becky. The milk supply might be more abundant to those two nipples. Are you sure she is pregnant? Females who have previously been pregnant can lactate again when around kittens that are not their own.

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      • She feels pregnant she’s eating more extremely more affectionate she’s never had kittens I’ve just never seen this before only the two bottom nipples are engorged. I’m totally stumped.

      • They are likely receiving more blood flow. I don’t think there is anything to worry about but you can always take her in to get looked at by a veterinarian to make sure.

  18. I have a question is it okay if you find out your female cats nipples have dried blood on them?? She’s a outside cat and I don’t know if, well I’m not sure if she has babies or anything but is it possible if she did they were maybe sucking to hard or something I’m way worried about her!! Please tell me the answer I’m dying to know!!

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    • Thanks for your comment, Estella. As kittens get older and start to develop teeth, it is possible they can bite down too hard on the nipples can cause minor tissue tearing. Since she is an outdoor cat, I think it is wise to take her in for a check-up. Many cats contract FIV and FeLV from other cats and both can put the possible kittens at risk as well as her. I never advise letting house cats free to roam outdoors unless they are feral or farm cats.

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  19. I’m worried about my cat, I have a female cat that is 4 years old, she never been outside and never got pregnant, I noticed that one of her nipples is white and the rest of the nipples are normal, does she have a infection? she has 6 nipples.

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    • Thanks for your comment, May. Has she been spayed? Is her skin complexion multi-colored? Is there a chance that she may have injured it on anything in the home like a gap between floorboards for example?

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      • She’s not spayed, she’s a american short hair, her fur is grey and white, I’m not really sure if she got injured at home…

      • There is a good chance this is related to her not being spayed. Try cleaning it off with some warm water and applying coconut or olive oil to it (both are safe edible oils for cats as she will likely lick the area). If it continues to appear white, she may have lost blood flow to that nipple or may have an infection and will need to be seen by a veterinarian.

  20. My cat just hsd her first litter of 8 kittens a few days ago. . Im worried because I until thid evening I only seen 6 large nipples but this evening I did find another small one, is it possible that because she had 8 kittens there are actually 8 nipples

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    • Thanks for your comment, Sharen. The nipple count doesn’t always match the number of kittens a female will give birth to. Just make sure all the kittens are getting enough milk by weighing them once every few days. If you notice one is falling behind in weight, you can supplement in some kitten formula.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Saba. Normal yes, common, no. It is rare for a house cat to have this many nipples but this should not be an indicator to poor health or anything to worry about.

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  21. I am trying to figure out if my cat is pregnate. Her nipples are large swollen pink and chapped.does this mean that she is??

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    • Thanks for the comment Jaime! Your pregnate kat may need some lip balm. I highly recommend the Burt’s Bees honey lip balm or the Kheil’s cocnut one they are v moisturizing and provide a wonderufl sensation for the cat nipples I use it on my cat lall the time who unfortunately just got ran over in a starbucks parking lot. Thank you for your time and good luck with your cat’s crusty nips.

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  22. My cat is pregnant for sure but what worries me is that her nipples are sunken and around the nipple it is very hard and are pretty big I still that normal please answer as soon as posible..

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    • Thanks for your comment Rocio. Do they feel dry by chance? If she is far enough into her pregnancy, she could be leaking and her milk can be drying up around and on her nipples. You can use come virgin coconut oil to moisturize them. If it is an issue with the circulation that can be why they are appearing white (more severe circulation issues would be purple, however). Take a warm damp washcloth and gently rub the area. You can also give her belly rubs to improve the circulation. As long as she is producing milk when the kittens are born, you have nothing to worry about.

      If you want to be prepared, you can purchase a small amount of kitten formula and a kitten bottle for backup just so the newborns are getting food. If she isn’t producing milk once they are born, you will want to take her to a vet ASAP. You will have to bring the kittens with her as well. I won’t be able to tell you if something is seriously wrong with her, you will have to take her in for a vet checkup if you feel she needs medical attention.

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  23. Hello there, I found a cat outside my work and took her home about a week or so ago. My biggest concern is that she may be pregnant. My housemate says she may have had kittens before, since she’s got visible nipples, but we’re not sure if her belly is from food, pests, or babies. Her nipples aren’t very big, if it wasn’t for her bright white skin underneath that black fur, I’d never have noticed! She’s a sweet cat, already got one of my dogs following her about and flopping over like she hung the moon.

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  24. I would like to ask a question about my cat.My cat had kittens 4 weeks ago and now how nipples are purple.i think she is pregnant again but I am not sure .What does it mean if her nipples are purple.also I can feel 2 little solid ovals in her belly and I don’t know if they are kittens.please reply and answer my question.

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    • Thanks for your comment Keira. There can be bruising beneath the skin or loss of circulation. It is best she gets the issue checked out by a vet to make sure it is nothing serious.

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  25. My senior, fixed, female cat has one balding nipple. All her other nipples look normal and it is not swollen, bruised or painful. It looks totally normal, just bald. She recently went to the vet and was deemed a healthy and happy kitty. Any ideas as to why her one nipple is balding?

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    • Thanks for your comment Leila. As cats age, their fur becomes thinner just like human hair thins out with age. It could be starting to thin out on her belly by her nipples and you are noticing it just in the one spot. She could have also over-cleaned the area which can cause fur to fall out but it should grow back after a short period of time. If there is any scaring she could have had a rash or scab there as well which the fur may not grow back over.

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  26. Hi there. I have a 5year old chinchilla cat. I recently noticed that there is a purple color around his on nipple. Could you tell me if I need to be worried?

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  27. Hi! Lately my male orange tabby has been really licking one of his lower nipples. He makes a little
    sound that I can’t compare it to . Harley’s mouth kind of goes around in a circular motion, seemingly the same as a man would do with a woman except he’s smoothing the fur as far away from the actual nub (?) as possible . He’s got to be making it raw with that rough tongue ?Any advice would be greatly appreciated by both of us ? He would have sent this himself but he’s just had his nails done??Okay, not really. My quirky humor!!

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    • Thanks for your comment Ann. Has he been to a vet about this? He may have a rash or an infection. You can put virgin coconut oil on the area to help sooth it. It is safe for cats to lick and actually good for their gut flora so it won’t harm him if he licks it.

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      • Hi and thanks for your advice! He let me have a look and fortunately, it doesn’t look angry or inflamed or anything ??As for the coconut oil, I’ll put some on anyway . I’m going to call his pediatrition tomorrow bc something is obviously going on with my poor baby!!??

    • Thanks for your comment Tyler. Kittens develop their nipples prior to birth. They are very tiny with newborns and may not be noticeable until 4 to 6 weeks of age.

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    • Thanks for your comment Amber, unfortunately no there is not. Did she have them outside? By your question, it would seem she has had the kittens and you want to make sure you have them all or know where they all are.

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      • If she is younger and smaller in size, there is a good chance she only had the 3. That is a common litter number. There is realistically no way to verify it though unless she had them within your house.

  28. My cat lost all but one of her nipples while nursing her kittens. The kittens are now 5 months old and she is pregnant again. Will her nipples grow back again in time to nurse her new kittens?

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    • Thanks for your comment Barbara. I am not sure what you mean by “lost her nipples”. That is not normal and no, they do not grow back. She should be seen by a vet asap, especially because she is pregnant again.

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      • I know what Barbara is saying. My female is fostering 2 kittens, must be producing milk cause they are well. )She wasn’t pregnant that I know of. Unless she miscarried. All my males are neutered and all my cats stay inside). Anyway, one of her nipples actually fell off. Doesnt act like it hurts. Why did this happen?

  29. Ok so my cat just had some kittens now there about 7 months and I think she is pregnant again. The other day after I feed my cats I found that one threw up all of the food they ate (not sure which because I have multiple) Also i walked in on my kittens trying to drink milk from thier mother and they usually dont do that especially not 3 at the same time and i pulled them off if her and it was wet around her nipples and they look very pink and bigger than usual. My other femalw cats have white or very light pink nipples …could she be pregnant.

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    • Thanks for your comment Nia. Female cats can produce milk after having a litter and not be pregnant. Since the kittens are much older, there is a chance they could sense her hormones changing and she may be pregnant. Swollen nipples tend to happen closer to birth for most cats but they may just be irritated since, at 7 months, kittens will have much sharper and larger teeth. You will need to take her to a vet to know for sure. I have no way of telling you if she is or if she isn’t.

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      • Spay and neuter your darn cats!! You want to increase the amount of cats in the world, not to mention, inbreed animals?

  30. Hi there,
    I have a very spoiled 2 yr old that has always been indoors. Today I noticed that one of her nipples was a dark brown, the others are pink. The surrounding are is a dark brown as well. About the size of a penny. I don’t believe it was like this before, but has recently just occurred. She was spayed when she was 3 – 4 months old. I tried cleaning it and it’s not coming off, it really just looks like a mole. I don’t think it painful because she doesn’t react when I touch it.

    Any ideas on what this could be?

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    • Thanks for your comment Mochi. This can be a number of things. It might not be getting the proper blood supply, there may be a mammary cyst, or she could have caught it on something and it bruised it. The color of her skin factors into all this as well. Just to be sure, it is best she be looked over by a veterinarian to make sure it is nothing serious.

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  31. My cat gave birth 2 days ago and one of the kittens is really sick and won’t suckle the other 4 are fine. Her nipple are really red and gummie.I took the 4 kittens out and put the sickly one in but I realised her nipples are white and dry what does that mean?

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    • Thanks for your comment Leah. It can mean a few different things. First, I would use a warm damp washcloth and gently clean her nipples off. She may have dried milk that has crusted on them or she may just have very dry nipples. After that, take a small amount of pure virgin coconut oil and rub it onto her nipples to help moisturize them. Do this after the kittens had fed from her as coconut oil can cause bowel issues in kittens. You can wipe off any excess after allowing her skin to absorb it for at least 5 minutes. As for the kitten, try encouraging it to latch on to a nipple by massaging one so it secretes some milk and gently put the kitten’s nose up to it. You mention that this kitten is very sick so it will need to be taken to a vet but you want to start it on formula if it is not nursing. Kittens can’t survive long without any nutrition.

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  32. So I adopted 2 male kittens. One of them (Robbie) sucks on the other’s (Roscoe) nipples. Robbie is growing and putting on weight better and faster than Roscoe. Why is that? Could it be because Robbie is getting milk from Roscoe? Could that stunt Roscoe’s growth?

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    • Thanks for your comment Kathleen. Depending on Robbie’s age, he may have been taken from his mother too soon. Male cats do not produce “milk”, so he is either doing this for comfort or he is lacking in nutrition. Since he is not putting on weight the same as Roscoe, I recommend putting him on kitten formula if he is still very young. You want to give this to him with his regular diet. It should help him put on weight. I recommend the KMR brand formula if you can get that in your area. There are also kitten bottles you can use that he may enjoy seeing as he still wants to suckle.

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      • Thank you. They are both 2 months old. Robbie (the one who’s suckling) weighs more than Roscoe. That’s why I was wondering if this had anything to do with it… I read a few websites that said male cats can produce milk if the nipple is stimulated…?

      • Also Robbie (one who’s suckling) is not fixed yet, because his testicles haven’t dropped but roscoe is fixed. Idk if that makes a difference.

      • With Roscoe I think you are referring to galactorrhea. He is not able to produce “milk” at his age. While male cats can lactate, it is not the same kind of milk that females produce and only adult males can produce this. Lactation in male mammals is almost always down to how the hormones are being metabolized in the liver. If the liver isn’t properly sorting them out, this can result in a release of lactate acid from the nipples. It is very rare though. It seems like Robbie just wants to continue the action of suckling for comfort. It is not unheard of that sibling kittens (or kittens in general) do this to each other after being taken away from their mother. If Roscoe is okay with this and Robbie is not hurting him, it is nothing to worry about. If Robbie’s weight is not considered healthy (your vet can weigh him and let you know) just supplement with the formula for 3 to 6 weeks.

  33. My cat one 3 yrs old not fixed was laying in her belly I noticed some bruising around a couple of her nipples. She never has been around. A male cat. Should I be concerned

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    • Thanks for your comment Michelle. Are they swollen and bruised or just bruised? Seeing as she is not fixed, on the younger side, and I am assuming she has never carried a litter it is best to take her to a vet to rule out the possibility of a breast tissue inflection or mammary gland enlargement.

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  34. Not sure if this has been asked before. But I have a 3 year old female cat who is not fixed but has never been pregnant. We have recently taken in a small male kitty at 4 weeks old and is now 16 weeks. He has been feeding on our females nipples since day one and nothing as has occurred to her nipples. We are now noticing that that they are discharging white fluid and unsure if we should be concerned. Any ideas if this is normal or if we should get her checked?

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    • Thanks for your comment Caroline. Female cats who have never given birth and are not spayed can still produce milk when around a kitten. This is something that can happen in almost all breastfeeding/nursing mammal species. If you believe it to be milk, supplementing her diet is a good idea to be sure she isn’t being depleted of any vitamins or minerals. If you do not believe it is milk, she can have an infection which would need to be looked at by a vet ASAP.

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  35. Hi I just took in a beautiful pregnant Cat now known as Frida. She has nursed for 2 weeks now but her nipples look red is that the way they should look? I pet her and she doesnt look like it hurts. Pls help 1st time cat owner. I have 2 dogs but they are spayed so im totally lost. Thanx

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    • Thanks for your comment Frida’s mommy. Do they feel warm to the touch or look swollen? If so it could be mastitis. This basically means she is producing milk faster than her kittens are eating it. She will need to see a vet to have them drained. You can apply a warm compress to help with the swelling and pain if there is any. If they just appear to be irritated, you can apply a small amount of coconut oil to her nipples to help soothe them. This should be done after the kittens have nursed and can be applied a few times a day. Coconut oil is safe so if she licks it off, that is fine. It can cause diarrhea in kittens which is why it is best to do this after feeds.

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    • Thanks for your comment Alora. This is very common with cats. Just take the weight of the kittens weekly and make sure they are all gaining weight. If you suspect any of the kittens to be underweight, supplement them with KMR (kitten formula).

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    • Perfect love’s advice is mostly sound, but I would check kitten weights daily. One foster mom who checked weights a few times in a day on their first day found one kitten who had lost weight. It turned out the kitten had a cleft palate, and could not suckle and needed to be tube fed! This kitten, one of 13 born to 3 feral moms, has now passed 200+ tube feedings and if she can survive to 4-6 months can have the surgery to correct the issue. Had she not been checking a few times on the first day, this would not have been caught and the kitten would have died! 4 of the 13 kittens have passed away from fading kitten syndrome, despite everything that the fosterer, vet assistant and Vet did. Once a week is not enough though.

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      • Thanks for your comment Denis. Daily weighing can be done by simply lifting the kittens and checking comparisons. Most people do not own a scale that will detect the change in ounces daily. This is why I suggested weekly weighing. On average, kittens gain about half an ounce a day. By about 2 months, they should weigh 2 pounds or more. It is always best to monitor newborns as closely as possible to ensure you see each of them eating. This is easily done as they tend to eat (breastfeed) once every 2 to 4 hours depending on the individual kitten and how much they eat in one helping.

  36. I think my cat is pregnant but im not sure her nipples are red and they got bigger but is it because she got older

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    • This can be a sign of mammary cancer morning just a sign of pregnancy and the sooner it is caught by the Vet the better so you should bring her in for a checkup and possible ultrasound.

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  37. My cat had kittens and I can’t find them. I want to know they are alive so what should I look for on the mama cats nipples to show that they are alive

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    • Thanks for your comment Amanda. Where did she give birth to the kittens? They usually keep them in one nesting area unless they sense danger and they do not like to be away from their kittens very long.

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  38. Hi my cat just had kittens they are not feeding yet. should i be concerned its been about 2 hrs already not sure what to do.

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    • Thanks for your comment Ty. If they are still not eating, they will need to be put on formula. You will want to encourage them to feed from her by helping attach the kittens to her nipples. It can take time but it should always be tried before fully switching them to formula.

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  39. My cat is nursing she had a litter of 6 and she’s in pain whenever they nurse do they have something for cats like they do humans to rub on them and help soothe her?

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    • Thanks for your comment Danielle. You can use virgin coconut oil to help soothe her nipples. Most nipple creams or oils for women contain this as it helps to moisturize, disinfect, and heal the skin. It is 100% safe for cats as well. Be sure to apply it after she has fed her kittens. It can cause diarrhea if the kittens were to eat any. Clean her belly with a warm damp washcloth and then apply a small amount of the oil to her nipples. She will likely lick it off after you are done so rub her nipples and tummy area with it for a minute or two to make sure enough gets absorbed.

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  40. My 2 kittens have not nursed in 11 days. We are letting momma dry up to spay her. Is it safe to leave her alone with kittens now?

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    • Thanks for your comment Melissa. Yes, it should be fine. They may try to suckle on her still but it should not affect anything with her spay. After she has been spayed is when you will have to keep an eye on her.

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      • Specifically why? Sutures? Pain? She loves them suckleing. I’m hoping she will not let them at that point. They are 8 weeks old today

      • They can irritate the area or loosen the sutures by kneading. It takes female cats about 14 days to completely heal from a spay. They should be fine to be around her after 3 or 4 days. Just be cautious.

    • Thanks for your comment Keith. You can gently rub one of her nipples between your thumb and index finger to stimulate milk and try to gently latch the kittens on one by one. If they are having trouble latching on, it is best to use kitten formula (KMR) until they are able to prevent starvation and dehydration.

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  41. Hi there, my cat delivered 4 healthy babies on 27.04, but 2 days later 2 out of her 4 feeding nipples are white at the top and I think that 2 of the kittens are not getting enough milk as a consequence. We are going to the vet tomorrow, but how can I ease her pain in the meantime, please?

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    • Thanks for your comment Mona. It sounds like they may have dried up and the skin has “clogged” the opening. Use a warm wet washcloth and gently wipe her nipple area to clean it. You can use a small amount of pure coconut oil on them to help with the pain/discomfort and to hydrate the skin. Just be sure to do this after the kittens have fed. It can give them diarrhea if they eat any. She should clean it off after you apply it herself. It only needs to be directly on the skin for a few minutes to soak in.

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    • Thanks for your comment Beverly. She will stop producing milk soon. Mother cats only produce it so long as they are feeding kittens. Usually within 10 days of not feeding, it dries up. If she is in good health, you can contact a shelter and offer her milk to orphan kittens. This will relieve the swelling an also help a litter who lost their mother. The shelter would likely have you keep the kittens in your home till they are fully weaned.

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  42. I have been feeding a stray/feral? cat that showed up in our neighborhood. Turns out it’s a female and pregnant. My daughter noticed about 2 weeks ago that she looked really round. Fearing that she may be pregnant and not wanting to contribute to the problem of homeless animals we trapped her. We have brought her in the house (basement) in a secluded separate room away from our other 3 indoor cats and 6 little dogs. We have spent a lot of time making friends and she has went from biting my husband twice to letting us rub her belly and snuggling with us. Her room is all decked out with toys, nice beds etc….good kitten food since she is pregnant. We have taken her to the vet twice. Last time was just yesterday, everything seems to be going fine and the vet guesses she will probably have somewhere between 4-6 kittens. She also said that she wouldn’t be surprised if she had the kittens by tomorrow (Wednesday) but no later than next Monday due to her size. She mentioned yesterday that her nipples (mammary glands) are swollen but feel dry…she didn’t seem to think anything of it and I didn’t know to ask any questions. She obviously wasn’t concerned. I’m not sure what she meant as “dry” because the skin on her nipples look dry but she also isn’t producing/leaking any milk from them yet. Is that normal to be so close to a due date and no milk production yet or does that all kick in after birth? Some of her nipples look to me as if they aren’t protruded enough for the kittens to latch on also (definitely not an expert…have never dealt with a pregnant cat before). Any thoughts? Will all this change after birth? I have bought KMR kitten milk replacement and ordered “miracle nipples and syringes” from Amazon as well as a regular kitten bottle feeding set just in case I need to help supplement the kittens. Also, if this helps she is still eating LOTS and I haven’t noticed any nesting behavior, she has lots of options in the room but haven’t noticed her taking to a particular one, she is sleeping a lot more now and does seem to be more affectionate, however, since we just became friends I’m not sure what her normal behavior is. (When she was outside she never let us around her and ran off if she saw us ) I am sleeping in the same room with her (we have a bed in the room) since the vet says she is so close to delivering. She sleeps in the bed with me and I gently rub her belly throughout the night. She’s become a little spoiled rather quickly. Thanks Jessica

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    • Thanks for your comment Jessica. I first want to say you are doing a wonderful thing for her. Not many people would take in a stray pregnant cat. She clearly has grown to trust you and your family, that is very impressive! As for the milk, there are a few things that can be going on. She may be leaking and cleaning it off herself which would show no evidence of her producing milk. Another thing that can be happening is the milk is leaking and drying on her nipples. It would appear and feel like dry skin. This would prevent her from leaking further. There is also a chance she needs stimulation to produce milk. This will happen when her kittens suckle from her after they are born. If you believe they are dry, you can rub some coconut oil on them and her belly area but be sure it is absorbed or she has licked off any excess before the kittens feed. A small amount can give them diarrhea. I am very glad you took her to the Vet as that is a very important step to rule out things like FeLV and FIV and to ensure the babies will be born safely. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

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  43. Hello ,I’d really like to know if you guys’ve know anything about sphynx cats biting /pulling their nipples while grooming themselves?Is it alright or should something be done about it ?I’m afraid she’s going to bite them off completely

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    • Thanks for your comment Vicky. How much is she biting/pulling at them? Sometimes this is a result of dry skin. You can try coconut oil as a moisturizer. Just rub it on her belly and nipples. She may lick it off but it is 100% safe for cats. If it is down to dry skin, this should help.

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      • She’s only biting at them occasionally while grooming her belly ,I was thinking she just doesn’t understand their purpose . Thank you for your advice ,I will definitely try it out .

  44. I have a Tortoise female that has TWO sets of eight nipples. I know that that has to be pretty rare, do you have any info on this. Thanks

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      • Yes. I’ve never seen it before. It looks like this. . . . . All the way down. 4 x 4. Does that make sense?

      • I have heard of some cats having as many as 10 but never more. It could be a genetic mutation and not all of the nipples are actually functioning. Very rare indeed!

      • Jock, my first cat had 14 nipples. But he was a large cat (tall and long in the body) as well as a bit tubby at 7.5-8kg. His father was a British Short Hair, mum was part Persian. His full brother had 12. All of my cats since have had eight nipples but they are no relation to Jock or his brother

  45. Hello, I’m concerned about my kitten. She is five months old and seems to have swollen mammary glands. It feels like a raised, almost bubble-like area the size of a dime on each nipple. I’m pretty worried about it. She isn’t yet spayed, which I think may be the cause of it, but would love some advice.

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    • Thanks for your comment Kate. Your kitten is still within the age for spaying where health issues would not be a concern. Mammary gland hyperplasia is a possible cause here but she will need to be examined by a Vet as soon as possible to rule out infections and possible health threats.

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  46. Curious as to why 4 nipples would not be working, two more are questionable, and two nipples are in full production to feed her 4 kittens. Kittens weights are good, and nothing nipple wise is swollen or discoloured. Kittens are now getting supplemental bottle feedings every 3-4 hours as she won’t be able to continue to fully feed the 4 growing kittens and have them gain as they should. But why would they NOT work is the question…

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    • Thanks for your comment Denis. The glands that lead to the nipples are likely not producing milk or the ducts that carry the milk are not functioning as they should. This can happen because of vitamin/mineral deficiencies in the mother or just be down to genetics. You are doing the right thing. You can also try supplementing the momma with some kitten formulated (“for kittens”) wet or dry food to give her an extra boost of nutrition while she is still nursing.

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  47. Thank you so much! Two more quick question… When can you safely hold the kittens after they are born so as to make sure the mamma will not push them away or stop caring for them and at what age do they open there eyes? My cat just had 5 babies (her first litter) about 15 hrs ago? Thanks so much!

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    • You can pick them up and move them around but you should wait to actually handle and hold them (for cuddles!) until they leave the nesting area. That is usually about 4 weeks. Kittens will start opening their eyes within the first week to 10 days.

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  48. My cat is about 3 years old and a female. She had a litter of 3 about two years ago. They no longer live with us but I have noticed one of her lower nipples sags while the others don’t. Is this normal?

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    • Thanks for your comment Brittany. This could be from it getting used a lot during nursing or she may have snagged it on something while they were still swollen. Once a female has a litter, they will never be as small as they once were. I don’t think you have anything to worry about. If you notice it changing in color, scabbing, or any discharge she should be taken to a Vet.

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    • Thanks for your comment Christal. Yes. The number of nipples doesn’t account for how many babies a female cat can or will have. Some have at little as 2 and some have larger litters of 10+.

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  49. My cat Boomette gave birth a week ago and has been doing GREAT but her nipples look very red and raw, is it safe to put unrefined virgin coconut oil on them without harming the kittens? Also, if so how often should it be applied.

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    • Thanks for your comment Tyler. If the kittens digest any, it can cause diarrhea. You can apply coconut oil to her nipples in small amounts between feedings. Boomette should lick most of it off as well which will help. You can apply it 3 or 4 times a day just be sure to do it after the kittens have fed from her.

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  50. My cat is very close to having a litter of kittens and today I noticed a very strange bump on her stomach that looks like it may potentially be on or near one of her nipples. it’s a dark red swollen bump that’s squishy and she seems a bit sensitive when it is touched. i’m worried about what it could potentially be, but i am not sure about taking her to the vet right now as she will probably have the babies overnight and do not want to separate newly born kittens from their mother.

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    • Thanks for your comment Josie. Have you ruled out that it isn’t her nipple? Sometimes pregnant moms can catch their nipple on something and tear it or get a burn on them from rough playing. They are not normally as large as they are whilst pregnant. I can’t say what it is without seeing it but if it does not appear to be going away in a week or so, she needs to be taken in to see a Vet.

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  51. Hello, our mom cat is nursing 4 kittens and 2 of her nipples are darker and she seems to kick the kittens away from them while allowing them to nurse from the others that are pink. Should I be concerned…?

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    • Thanks for your comment Michael. It is hard to say what the issue can be without seeing them. They might have scabs on them or possibly dried milk irritated them. Take a washcloth with warm water and gently wipe the area and see if the color changes. To be on the safe side, she should be looked at by a Vet asap. Not having all of her nipples available to the kittens can lead to one or more of them becoming malnourished.

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    • Thanks for your comment Donna. Are you asking about the stomach area being hard or the nipples themselves? Mammary ducts under the nipples can become firm from milk supply, similar to how women have firmness and pain when breastfeeding.

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  52. How to multiply cat’s milk? Like what should i give or feed to my cat? My cat does not have big nipples. I think it not enough for her many kittens.

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    • Thanks for your comment Moore. So long as she is on a balanced wet food diet and getting plenty of water, she should be able to produce enough milk. If you feel the kittens are underweight, you can supplement them with kitten formula while they still feed on their mom to ensure they are getting enough food and nutrition.

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  53. I want to clarify that it is not some of the nipples themselves that are swollen, but rather the mammary glands under the nipples….

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  54. Hi, we have a 6 month old female cat that is pregnant, I think by about maybe 3 weeks. One of her nipples is swollen and hard- maybe the size of a large marble. A couple of others are also swollen and hard, although not a large. The others appear small and normal. Is this unevenness normal? Thank you!

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    • Thanks for your comment Nathan. It sounds like this may be due to Mammary fibroepithelial hypertrophy or possibly an infection of the mammary glands. She should be examined by a Vet asap. Because she is very young, there are risks for her with this pregnancy.

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  55. I’m not sure if my cat is pregnant, her belly is bigger and her nipples are swelled and are white crusty looking . Can someone tell me if she is pregnant or not

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    • Thanks for your comment Jennylynn. It sounds like she may be pregnant but you will need to take her in to see a Vet to be 100% certain. No one online will be able to tell you if she is indeed pregnant or not.

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  56. I know it that this isn’t a tumor but my male cat has an extra nipple on his back he is an 13 year old tuxedo cat and I’m scared if this is healthy or not and I’m sure this isn’t a tumor help

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    • Thanks for your comment Kyle. This isn’t a nipple. Given your cat’s age, it is likely a form of skin tag or growth. A lot of older cats and dogs develop them. They are usually not a cause for concern but to be safe, it should be looked over by a Vet. As long as it is not changing in color, getting any larger, or changing in shape it is likely nothing to worry about.

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      • A skin tag is just a growth on the skin. Similar to humans getting them, being older or overweight factor in their growth. They can show up anywhere on the cat’s body. These growths are sometimes refereed to as “fatty tumors” or just lipomas. They don’t need to be removed unless there are bothersome to the cat.

  57. My cat has like 8 tiny dots on his nipple hes indoor, ive been freaking out thinking its fleas but he’s showing no sign, doing research i guess cats can get acne around there nipples, he has a little chunk to him so it would be hard to reach, i bathed him today nothing came of, i tried olive oil and it seems like that helped a little within minutes or it could just be the same. So pretty much what im asking is, does my cat have flea poop on him, ran a wet cloth over it didnt turn red, or is it the same as male human nipples we have those little dots around them and it could just be clogged pores on my cat, any help would be awesome i’ve been doing research on this for 8 hours and my cats getting annoyed of me having him on his back checking all the time.

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    • Thanks for your comment James. It does indeed sound like clogged pores. Your cat likely has feline acne. The three most common places to find irritation of this are the chin, lower legs, and belly. Since this is a sensitive area, you will want him to get looked at by a Vet to rule out any other possibilities. If it is feline acne, your Vet will likely give you a prescription wash to help treat it.

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      • WOW! thank you so much for getting back to me so fast. I have an awesome vet. The only thing is, money. Im super tight on money right now, It seems I’m more concerned about his nipples than he is lol. Is this something thats important to get checked out, i know your probably a cat expert and the professional thing to say is take him to a vet. Ill do whatever it takes, just wondering if i could keep doing the olive oil thing. This could have been there since i got him and just realized it today.

      • Ill ask him if he can do me a favor and just check it out before we go behind the doors he might do that, but any last input would be greatly appreciated.

      • Coconut oil is a better option. It is anti-bacterial naturally but it has to be 100% virgin coconut oil. Not many people have that on hand. The issue with olive oil is that if they are clogged pores, you can make them worse. It is hard to say what it is without seeing it. It could be a bacterial infection of the skin as well.

      • i hear what your saying i didn’t wanna go overboard but just by doing it twice today it went from lets say a “10” to a “3”. Thank you again seriously, sending positive vibes your way. I’m really happy now thank you.

  58. Thanks for your comment Asha. Yes, this is normal for younger kittens to do. The one female likely needed to be with mom a bit longer. This is not always an option when it comes to shelter kittens. Many of them don’t have a mother or the mother gets adopted out too soon. You can offer her a bottle with kitten formula for a week or two. It also helps to have a suckle blanket. As mentioned in another comment, you can find plush throw blankets at Walmart right now for $5. They are seasonal ones. Just bunch that up and set her on it. She should learn to knead and suckle that instead of her sister. She will eventually outgrow it but if you want to speed it up, just do the formula like mentioned above and introduce the suckle blanket.

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  59. Hi, I recently got two kittens from a shelter. they are two month old, female and are fixed. One of them shows a weird behavior when she wakes up. She starts looking for something to suck, and it is weird because she goes to her sister and suck her nipples (I am not sure if it is nipples or just a piece of skin or her butt). I tried to stop her when they are next to me. Also I noticed that the sister does not like it as well. Is that a normal behavior?

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  60. My cats 2 lower nipples are very red and the skin looks like it was bit off by a kitten we saved my cat s not pregnant so there was no milk. What can I do I know my cat is in pain but by instinct she let the kitten suck and Dam near bite her nipples off

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    • Thanks for your comment Dondiva Don. How old is the kitten? If the kitten is still young enough to need milk (under 8 weeks) then you can get some kitten formula and a kitten bottle to feed it. Coconut oil is a good option to put on her nipples to help them heal if you have any. It must be food grade because she will likely lick some of it off. To make sure the kitten doesn’t continue to try to nurse, you can cut an old sock, shirt, ect that is thin and tie it around her belly for the time being. Or if it is an option, just keep the kitten closed off to a large room for a few weeks. Some kittens will continue to try to nurse long after they need any milk so you can offer the kitten a suckle blanket. One of those very plush, soft winter ones. Walmart sells them for $5. Just bunch it up in a ball and place it near where the kitten likes to sleep. He/she should start to kneed it and suckle on it. I hope this helps!

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  61. I need help on a cat just found her i think she could be around 8 months to maybe a year old. Her nipples stick out but r not bright pink what dose this mean

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    • Thanks for your comment Becky. Usually this means she has had a litter in the past. There is a chance she can be pregnant now as well so it is best to take her in to get checked by a vet.

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  62. Hi, is it normal for my cat to develop golf ball size nipple 4 weeks into pregnancy, I mean you could actually feel little balls hanging in her tummy? took her to the vet athe time, 2 weeks ago, as I did not know she was pregnant, she is still a kitten but did not mentioned anything about those. just told me to keep an eye, it s been 2 weeks now and this developed into very bad mastitis, could this have prevented before?? she won t be able to feed her kitten and she my need to have a c section….I have the feling that her nipple were already infected then? what do you think?

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    • Thanks for your comment fadila. It is hard to say without seeing her and may not be anything bad, but it certainly isn’t normal. I think it is best that she is taken into a vet asap just to make sure everything is okay. Since she is a kitten herself, she is at risk for complications during her pregnancy.

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      • No, it was an accident. done with a to long finger nail. kinda just cut the nipple off in one motion, without any real effort. Sad, I know. So all you can see now is a flat pink surface, there where there used to be a pink extrusion e.g. the nipple. That’s why I am wondering, should the cat ever have babies or produce milk, if there will be a limitation?

      • From the sounds of it, no. Scar tissue will lay flush over the top layer of the skin. The milk duct to that nipple will be closed off. So from that nipple, no milk will come out but the others should be fine.

      • No, as long as it was taken care of medically after the accident. It should be fine. It just won’t product milk. The milk will be sent to the other nipples.

  63. My cat was in the vets for a small procedure, when I collected him, the nurse said she didn’t know if he had a tick or if it was his nipple, how can I tell?

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    • Thanks for your comment Subee. I am not sure how the vet would not know this, seems strange. Nipples are the same tone as the skin and soft. A tick would be clearly visible and go up in size from sucking the blood out. Check the opposite side for a nipple adjacent to the one you suspect may be a tick. If it lines up, it is likely not a tick. I can’t tell you for sure without seeing it but this is something the vet would have handled had it been a tick.

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  64. My cat is 12 years old in human years and today I notice swelling of 2 of her nipples and because I got her when I was four she was never taken to the vet for any shots or check ups. I thought that the swelling was cause by me changing her food from wet to dry for the first time in her life over a long period of time. I’m scared that there is something really wrong with my cat and I can’t really afford to take her to a vet and I just wanted to know over time will the swelling go down on it’s own. Also she shows no signs of pain, fever, or anything just the swelling.

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    • Thanks for your comment Janaya Fisher. It is hard for me to tell you what the issue may or may not be without seeing them. I do not think food would cause nipples to swell out of the blue though, not even from a food allergy. This is likely an internal hormonal issue or an external infection of some kind. It is best she sees a vet. You can try to find a cat rescue that will help cover the cost of the bill if you can’t afford it. She is older and something minor can become serious if it isn’t sorted out.

      Also, I think it is in your cat’s best interest that she remains on wet food though. Cats require at least a 50% wet diet in order to remain healthy. They do not drink water like dogs do and rely partially on diet to get liquid intake.

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  65. My neutered black male cat is about three years old now but he has bald spots where each nipple is. His fur is pretty long so it’s quite noticable. My vet wasn’t very informative, is this normal?

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    • Thanks for your comment Shannon. If you notice no redness or swelling, then yes it is normal. Some male (and female) cats will have very fine short hairs around the nipples thanks to genetics. Just like we inherit our parent’s hair density and hairlines. It is likely more noticeable because he has black hair. Different coats can change this as well. He may only have 2 or 3 layers of fur where some cats have as many as 5.

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  66. Last week a cat that had been around our extensive property for 4-5 months and we thought feral, got in our house garage and was clearly hungry. Long story short, she behaves anything but feral and my son discovered her to have 5 babies. Before anyone gets their knickers in a wad:
    1. Yes I posted on local social media trying to find her owner… though I’m fairly confident she was abandoned near us. We are rather secluded.
    2. Fully intend to get her and the babies spayed/neutered as necessary
    My question.. mama’s nipples have a dirty ring around them… should I clean her with a warm rag and mild soap like baby shampoo?

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    • Thanks for your comment Lori. The markings around the nipples is dried/spoiled milk. Do not use soap, just use warm water. If you are having trouble getting it off, allow a wash cloth with warm water lay over her belly. This should loosen it up a bit. Soap residue and parabens can cause issues for kittens so it is best to avoid it.

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    • Thanks for your comment Lori. The markings around the nipples is dried/spoiled milk. Do not use soap, just use warm water. If you are having trouble getting it off, allow a wash cloth with warm water lay over her belly. This should loosen it up a bit. Soap residue and parabens can cause issues for kittens so it is best to avoid it.

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  67. I have a question…. My cat is having a HUGE LITTER can they grow extra nipples to acomidate this litter?? She has something growing it looks like a nipple

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    • Thanks for your comment Austin. No, they cannot grow more than what they have. The mother will rotate the kittens to make sure they are being fed. You can also assist her by weighing them weekly and making sure they are all gaining weight.

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  68. Our outdoor cat recently had a litter of kittens which we have not been able to find unfortunately. We know they are still alive as we can tell momma cat is still nursing. My concern is that it looks like 2 of her teats have been bitten off and I’m wondering if this is something I need to worry about.

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    • Thanks for your comment Brian Winter. I think it is in her best interest that she be taken to a vet asap. They could be infected and also hindering her ability to nurse. It would also be a good idea to try your best to find the kittens just to make sure they are okay, get them fixed/spayed when age appropriate, and also get tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia.

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  69. I have a stray cat that i have been feeding for a few months now. She showed up heavily pregnant and then about a week later she disappered. She returned a few days later and clearly had delivered her babies. That was about 8 weeks ago and i have yet to see any kittens, nor do i know where she had them. Her nipples look like she has been nursing and the hair around them is matted down. Im concerend that she hasnt brought the babies out yet….Im wanting to get her fixed asap before she gets pregnant again, but am fearful of taking her away from her litter.

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    • Thanks for your comment Niki. Most vets recommend that females who get fixed remain indoors for 3 to 7 days until they are healed up enough not to rip anything. Before you get her spayed, you will have to follow her to see where her kittens are and bring them back to your house. This may sound like a pain in the butt, but thanks to technology, you can use something like this : http://amzn.to/2smbVOz That is a GPS that you can attach to a collar. You may be able to find a cheaper option then that but that is one of the cheaper ones. It works by allowing you to track her from your phone. The problem is that she likely made a nest for them to give birth in and she will not take them away from that nest until they are ready to learn to hunt. If you take her to get spayed, she will be away from the kittens too long and they can starve or get injured by other animals. I wish I could be of better help for you, I know how concerned you must be for her babies.

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      • Re: the trackers: the pairing connection is lost within a very short distance so these are not helpful for tracking animals unless you can be within a few feet of them They can be reset once you are in range but of course to be in range you have to have an idea where the animals is in the first place.

  70. I’m bewildered by my male cats one enlarged nipple that recently had 2 open holes appear. I’m bathing the area with warm salt water till I can get an appointment with the vet. Has anyone else have this happen?

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    • Thanks for your comment Laura. It sounds like it had been infected. Using salt with water is a good way to reduce the inflammation and fight it off but yes, he will need to see a vet. Infections in the nipples can happen from playing (think rug burn), an insect bite, or getting it caught on something causing a tear where bacteria gets in.

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  71. I have a kitten between the age of 6-9 weeks. He’s a male orange tabby, i dont think he has had shots yet and his nipples are yellow, should i be concerned?

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    • Thanks for your comment Arianna. Yellow coloration to the nipples is not normal. I am not sure what can be the cause but it is best you take him in to see a vet.

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  72. hi. my cat nurses her kittens as per normal, but after a while it started to get dirty. blackish thingy around her nipple. i tried wiping it away, and it was very hard to come off. and after a day plus, it got dirty again. what do i do? TT^TT

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    • Thanks for your comment qwqrd. That is just a mix of body oils, the kitten’s saliva, and stale milk. Nothing to worry about. Just keep the areas clean for her until she is done nursing. Use a soft wet rag with warm water and gently rub it off. Do not use soap as the kittens can get the soap residue in their mouths.

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  73. I took a kitten from outside last week thats gotta be no older than 6 or 7 months old, she loves belly rubs and today I felt something different than yesterday there are raised rings around her nipples almost like areola of a human, is this a pregnancy sign? I planned to get her fixed but I have no animals and never let her outside I didnt think a kitten could even get pregnant this young but there is a raised ring under the skin around every nipple.

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      • Ok there is enough Animal rhetoric on other forums I didn’t come here to be judged as a horrible pet owner because I haven’t got my pet fixed. We get it there are animals not surviving because of over breeding! I am not letting this cat breed there are not any animals around my place and none in my home except her! I am not an idiot and I am very much an animal lover and wouldn’t let any breeding occur, this cat would be run over or starved if I hadn’t taken her in, I don’t need you to tell me what to do with my pet in my life, it makes me sick how so many pet owners who love their fur babies as much as you do get harassed and put down constantly on the internet for simply seeking help from other fur baby parents. Nobody has assigned you people as the authority on spaying and neutering and no matter how much you attack other pet owners your demands play no part in the pet owners decision to fix or not fix all you accomplish is being egotistical annoyances. Now if I want to fix my pet I will when I want to, it is America remember! Now since you apparently only read the one little part of my post that is Chum to sharks like you, maybe you could read it again and then try to actually offer any kind of advice or answer or similar story that pertains to my question, and here is a hint I did not ask advice on whether or not to fix my pet, so if you respond again then please respond in an actual helpful manner that pertains to my actual question, thank you and God Bless.

        P.S
        Just so you don’t go rabid, I do plan on fixing my kitten, now then do you have any answer that will help me with my actual question?

      • You were responding to a comment by a visitor like yourself LaRue, not the actual author (me).

      • Thank you sardine!!!!! people like noasha are really annoying as if they are the authority on pet owner behavior

    • Thanks for you comment LaRue. There is a chance she is pregnant, yes. She will have to be taken to a vet to know for sure. I have taken in a kitten before and found her a home to later find out she was pregnant when the owners took her in to get spayed. She was 5 or 6 months in age. Having kittens that young does happen but it is very hard on the mother and the babies. Just be sure to mention this to the vet when you take her in to get spayed. Just so if she is, the kittens don’t get killed. Once the mother is cut in surgery, there is no going back.

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  74. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39ed661044ed6a770f9c7f738907d073d9774e8c38dbd048b2bc74d0463d48ff.jpg Ok so baby kitten is now grown up cat had a home at 8 weeks old the owner past away unfortunately and his girlfriend gave her back to us he was a good family friend anyway she’s around two years old moms been fixed since that litter as soon as all kittens were adopted however they remember eachother went wild to see eachother again and now big cat baby is nursing again on mom and mom is fixed it’s cute n cuddly to see but rly odd she’d go back to nursing at this age should I be worried or just let it go. I have had cats before just never rly herd of this

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    • Thanks for your comment Crystal Rose. She more than likely isn’t producing milk but they enjoy the bonding that comes with nursing. Some cats who remain with their mothers will do this for the first few years of their life. As long as she is not hurting her (the mom), there is not harm in it. Some kittens from the same litter have been known to suckle on each other when adopted out together. It isn’t common but it does happen.

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  75. Do you get upset or bothered that there are careless pet owners who don’t know how to look after a pregnant mama cat and/or her feeding kittens?

    I read the comments. It’s so sad that some people don’t know how to care for another living animal.

    Anyway, I’m glad I can across this site. Makes me think that men have nipples the same reason as male cats. Development prior to sex. Very interesting.

    Male cats don’t even care if you touch their nipples, well at least from my experience. Is it true for all male cats??

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    • Thanks for your comment Sarit Glazier. People come here because they at least are seeking answers. It is better than not asking at all and just assuming! Belly areas on cats depends on the individual cats personality. Most cats (not just male) don’t like to be touched on their stomachs. I can’t say I ever touched my cat’s nipples but I know neither one of my boys likes their bellies touched.

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  76. When pregnant do all the nipples elongate at the same time? My Persians nipples have elongated but only the last two closer to her end. They haven’t gone pink yet but her stomach seems bigger and she’s been eating more.Usually she is extremely picky and only plays with food I throw her but went for a few hamburger pieces I threw her way. She couldn’t get enough of it. A https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7113682502ed7d7a05445a0e218a319e02255565af9c53d77e059b0c5687e746.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6ecabe1886b593662fd59000f1c5b9f403e631c0b56dd3efa85be2cede5475d0.jpg lso been chasing her Persian significant other around a bit aggressively.

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    • Thanks for your comment Sardine! You should take her in to a vet to make sure but from what you are saying, I would guess she was. The nipples don’t always all change in color and size. An increased appetite, bigger belly, and some swelling in the nipples almost always indicates pregnancy in unspayed female cats.

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  77. my daughter brought a female cat they told us she had kittens but then had her spayed but were not sure if she is pregnant again as her nipples are still quite large do they stay bigger all the time when they have had kittens

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    • Thanks for your comment Tracey. Depending on how long it has been since she gave birth, they can still be a bit more pronounced. They will always be more noticeable because of the previous nursing she did with her kittens. They can also swell up from time to time due to hormone fluctuations. If she was recently spayed, this can be causing a hormone fluctuation. As long as they are not overly swollen, tender/painful to touch, red, or showing other signs of an infection it is completely normal.

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  78. We have a 14 month old female who isn’t fixed yet..but an indoor cat. We took on an unfixed male for our son and kept them seperate until we had him fixed. They were introduced around 2 days after his surgery. My female now has 2 nipples where as we never felt any before. Could she be pregnant if he was only fixed shortly before they were introduced?

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    • Thanks for your comment Jo Sheronick. You will have to get her checked by a vet to know for sure. There is a chance that the male could have had sperm still and was able to impregnate her. Just like when male humans get a vasectomy, there is a waiting period to ensure he doesn’t get a woman pregnant. The sperm count has to be at 0. If the male has had sex with a female already, he would likely try even after he has been neutered.

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  79. Thanks for your comment Gabbadoo! If she was spayed there is no way she is pregnant but yes, false pregnancies are absolutely possible. She can also be reacting to the other kittens being around her if they are young enough to still be feeding from the mother. Some females can even produce milk from just being around other newborns but this is very rare once they have been spayed. My guess is it is a false pregnancy from being around the other mother’s babies.

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  80. I have 7 stray (feral) cats, Five I have fixed 4 females and 1 male, the others are kittens. My question is Mama Kitty who was spayed last August appears to be very pregnant. She has a huge belly, she is short haired and her nipples are tiny and pink. Is is possible for her to be pregnant? Could this be a false pregnancy, does that happen in cats? She is 4 years old and has had several litters.

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  81. Hi, I have a beautiful ragdoll line cat and very likely to be pregnant. Just above 2 of her nipples, she has tiny other nipples, a few mm. above her nipples. Is that normal? I have had many cats but never seen this. Thank you.

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    • Thanks for your comment Jp. Are these second “nipples” lined up the same on each side? Sometimes hormone fluctuations can cause benign growths that look like nipples but aren’t. Have you taken her in to see the vet to make sure she is pregnant?

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  82. My male cat gained weight and his nipples seemed to enlarge. Now just a few weeks later it seems as though they have disappeared……???

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    • Thanks for your comment Angela! He could have had an infection or a rash of sorts. How old is he? Sometimes when a cat plays, they will slide on the floor and it can cause the nipples to get “rug burn”. Also, if he had laid on anything damp for a long period of time, it can make them raw. The weight gain shouldn’t have anything to do with enlarged nipples unless he has an underlining illness in which case, if you believe this is a possibility, he should be taken to the vet to get checked out.

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  83. I can’t believe I just read a whole web page about cat nipples. I can’t even remember how I got to this part of the internet. I’m afraid that if I go any deeper, I may never return…

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  84. My daughter just got a 6 month old kitten. We didn’t know she was pregnant. She had 2 kittens. One died and we don’t now why. They both had trouble feeding. We think the mother is inbreed due to her extra toes and we know the kittens are inbreed. I tried to get the survivor to suckle today, but it had a long time finding a nipple, maybe ten minutes, even when I put her at a nipple. Is there something I could put on the nipple to help her find and suckle better, like they put on humans when the baby has trouble? I was wondering why the kitten has such a hard time even at 4 days old. We think the other wasn’t suckling and that is why it died. I have seen in the past inbreed kittens die, because of an incomplete digestive system. I was wondering if you had any idea why these kittens are having trouble nursing. We don’t want to lose the second kitten.

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    • Thanks for your comment concernedmindy. I think it is best to just put the kitten on formula. A 6 month old kitten having kittens poses a lot of risks to the babies. That is likely why you lost one. The mom may not be producing enough milk, if any at all. Her nipples should be bright pink and swollen if she is lactating. They should not be hard to find.

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  85. How will you know if your cat’s nipple has a milk? Months ago, two kittens died, they kept on sucking but there was no milk going out on the nipples

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    • Thanks for your comment Red. The mother likely was not producing milk and the kittens died from dehydration and starvation. You should always monitor the mother and that she is producing milk. Lack of nutrients in her diet, lack of hydration, illness, and stress can cause her to not produce. You should have gotten a supplement and took over feeding for her. I am sorry for you loss of the two kittens.

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    • Thanks for your comment ASHLEY. Yes, when a female cat is spayed, nothing is done to her nipples. It is very rare for a cat to not have any at all. Are you sure they are not very small? They can vary in size depending on age, weight, and breed.

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    • Thanks for your comment Crystal. I am not sure how to respond to this. Are you sure she doesn’t have nipples? It is extremely rare for a cat (male or female) to not have any/ They may be buried beneath fur or very small. If this is the case and she doesn’t have any, you will have to help her by feeding the kittens formula. I always recommend KMR powder over the liquid, it lasts longer and you get more for your money. You can purchase a feeding kit as well that has a bottle with nipples.

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  86. My cat just gave birth to 3 kittens, she seems to have only 2 nipples , two look like they have milk but kitten will not lack on, any ideas would help

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    • Thanks for your comment Heather. She likely has another set that is further up her stomach you may not be seeing. Sometimes the spacing is wider on some females. If the kittens aren’t eating and you know they aren’t, I would advice you to get some kitten formula. Kittens can’t go long without milk as that is their only source of liquid as well. I have used the KMR powder formula with a litter of kittens who’s mother was hit by a car. They took to it really well. They do need to eat often so it is best to check them for feeding every time they wake up from a nap. Also, check to see it the mommy is leaking. She may not be producing enough milk so be sure she is eating well and drinking water.

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  87. I have a kitten who might have been in heat about a month ago and now her nipples are swolen and her stomuc is round but her nipples are normal color and someone told me it wasn’t the right season to go in heat.also she is only avout 6 months old now. Can a cat go in heat any time they are ready or does it have to be a certain time of the month also do you think she might be pregnant?

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  88. I need help my kitty is about 3 4 weeks pregnant & her nipples are so swollen the skin is almost clear!!! She doesn’t seem to be in any pain but it looks like she may explode. I know it’s not normal for her to be so swollen & I’m not too sure as to what to do help. I’m not new to this I have had cats my whole life but this is different as she’s so young she’s only 4 months old 🙁

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  89. My cat bites me when i search for them and my cat nipples are big and she is not pregnant or breeding ?? how they are so big that they are 2 under he front legs?

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    • Thank you for your comment ameer. I am not quite sure I understand your question. Her nipples can go all along her underbelly if she has multiple pairs of them. Has she had kittens in the past?

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  90. My cat is two years old and she’s been done and never been around another cat anyway so I know she’s not pregnant. So why is the fur around her last two nipples thinning out making the nipples very obvious??

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  91. Hey my mums friend told me my cat was definitely pregnant just over 4 weeks ago (she’s very smart when it comes to animals) and if I lightly feel her belly I can most definitely feel one of her kittens and I’m guessing she’s really close cause I had a feeling that she was pregnant before my mums friend told me she was so I’m guessing she’s 5-6-7 weeks along but her nipples aren’t pink and swollen like if u look closely there a little pink but only the slightest bit,we you by any chance know why

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    • Thank you for your comment Katelyn. A cat’s typical pregnancy lasts around 63 days, or 9 weeks. If this happened 4 weeks ago and your mother’s friend could tell she was pregnant, she must have been at the very least, 3 weeks along. This would put her at 7 weeks, about 50 days. The normal timing is about 35 days which is why I would imagine you are worried. Some cats do not start showing enlarged nipples till they are nearing labor. This means that she may not show any change in her nipples for another week. It is important to take her to a vert to make sure the kittens are okay. If she is not showing enough signs she is pregnant, that can mean stillborn kittens are possible which can be scary and very hard on her. The best advice I can give you is to take her in to get a proper vet check up from a doctor. There is no way I can tell you if there is something wrong or not without being able to see her.

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  92. i had a stray pregnant cat come to my door a few weeks ago.about a week later she gave birth under my trailer . it took me about two weeks to find out where she had them and I found them inside the insulation under my trailer I took them out to see them then put them back I checked on them the next day and they were gone. I cant find them now and ive been checking her nipples to make sure shes still feeding them. they should be about 3 weeks old now and when I checked her nipples today they were very swollen I don’t know if that means shes quit feeding them or not?

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    • Thanks for your comment Sasha. It sounds like she likely moved them because of your smell on them and was doing it to protect them. If this is the case, she would have found another safe place to keep them. It is hard to say without seeing her. They can be swollen from a number of things but it is likely from her kittens. If they are 3 weeks, they have teeth now and are likely causing the swelling. Keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks as they should be starting to move around more and should leave their nesting area. If you are feeding the mom, the kittens (if she is still caring for them) will surely show up with her one day in the near future.

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  93. Hello! I have a 13, soon to be 14 yr old neutered male cat. I just noticed one of his nipples, near his back legs, got sort of red and swollen (doesn’t seem to be in pain)… he licks himself a lot every day, he’s obsessed about it…could he have licked that nipple too much & cause some kind of irritation? I’d take him to the vet as soon as possible but we live in the country side & I don’t have enough money right now. Could it be some kind of infection? He eats & plays & drinks water normally, urinates normally, likes to take his walks, his behaviour is pretty much the same…he doesn’t really like it when I touch that nipple, but then again, he never really liked us to touch his belly

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    • Thanks for your comment Lily. If your cat is an indoor and outdoor cat, there is a chance that he may have caught his nipple on something or that a bug could have bit it. I would not worry too much about it but if it does not go away in a week or so, he will have to see a vet. Infections in the nipple of a male cat are rare but it isn’t something to leave untreated.

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  94. my cat is licking hair off of her bottom nipples and they are swollen, larger and hard but her nipples are white too. she is not fixed. is she pregnant or is something wrong

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    • Thanks for your comment Rae. From the sound of it, she can be. Hormonal changes can cause the nipples to swell and make them painful/itchy. It is best to take her in to get properly checked out by a veterinarian so you know for sure.

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  95. Hi- my boyfriend and I found a stray cat tonight who is so super sweet, came right up to us and is very vocal. Considering the heat and our love for cars we brought her inside in hopes of helping her find a home.

    While I was petting her I noticed her nipples are hard and prominent. They’re not red in color but dark like the color of her skin. Her belly is bulging but not very very large. She is a small cat and I would say she’s a kitten herself. I noticed that she has what looks like some discharge from her vagina. My initial thought was that she had just given birth and may need to go back outside to tend to her kittens. I have no experience with a pregnant/postpartum cat. Its possible she may be pregnant now and is looking for a safe place to give birth.

    I would really appreciate any feedback on what a pregnant/postpartum cat looks like. We are having her stay the night, I’m just worried there may be kittens somewhere who need to be fed. She isn’t at all behaving like she wants to go back outside.

    Thanks

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    • Thank you for your comment Lauren and Ron. Since she is young, my guess would be that she is pregnant. You can read my post on cat pregnancy HERE. Because she is young, there is a chance that she is indeed nearing full term and will need a place to nest and have her kittens. If you want to keep things clean, I recommend allowing her to use the bathtub with old towels or blankets. You can also get her a cat bed or set up a nesting box for her. I feel it is in your best interest to take her to a vet to make sure no complications will arise. She is a stray, likely very young, and may have contracted FIV or other infections/diseases which can cause issues with the kittens. It is possible that she had given birth but since she is not wanting to leave, it is very unlikely. As I said, my guess is that she is currently pregnant.

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  96. Hi, I have noticed in the last week or so that my 1 year old cat lower nipples seem to be swollen, I had changed her food last week and shes been super into it a lot, she cant get enough of it, she had been fixed a month ago and everything went great and I kept her contained so she didnt move alot so she could heal. So this is very confusing for me, shes been perfect, shes playful as always and peeing and pooping regularly so I dont know what to do. I put a call into the vet and there suppose to call me back. I feel like shes just putting weight on like they told me she would do when I got her fixed, shes not a big eater but lately shes been eating alot more.

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    • Thanks for your comment Jayne. It is very common for female cats to experience a fluctuation in their hormones where it changes their appetite after being spayed. Because hormones can cause inflammation the nipples, I would guess that is what is going on. Some females will not put on any weight while others will balloon up a bit. Just make sure she is getting enough water, eating a good diet, and exercising. If her weight seems to be going up too high, you can try giving her a food that is for weight management till the fluctuations subside. As I can’t physically see her to tell you what is going on, it is good you contacted the vet to be sure everything is okay.

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  97. Hi there my kitten has become a muncher on mom’s nipples. Anything I can do to help this? Or reason for it? I have been trying to get it to latch but not successful. When it munches is it still getting milk ?

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    • Thanks for your comment Kelly. When you say munching, do you mean the kitten is chewing on her nipples? Depending on the age, the kitten can be doing this for teething reasons. It should still be getting milk but if you think for any reasons it is not getting enough or any at all, supplement the kitten with KMR fomrula.

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    • Thanks for your comment jomekka. This is not something that is common but it can happen. How close are they together? And are you sure they are nipples and not growths?

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  98. For the last few days I have been feeding a small stray black cat. Her nipples are pinkish white, and the back ones are sort of swollen and are bare for about a inch diameter around the nipple. She is very skinny, and eats a lot. Can you tell me if she is likely still nursing, pregnant, or anything?

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    • Thanks for your comment Keely. I unfortantly cannot tell you without seeing her. She may have been pregnant and had kittens, she may currently be pregnant, or maybe both – She did have kittens and is pregnant again. The best thing you can do is find a shelter that will examine her free of charge and one that will take her in if she is pregnant. She should also be tested for feline leukemia and FIV. I wish I could help out more 🙁

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  99. my cat only have 2 nipples due to an injury last year . and shes having three newborn kittens . does that mean one of my kittens will probably die soon ?

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    • Thanks for your comment Tris. There are larger litters born where the mother only has four or six nipples and 7+ kittens. They will rotate around it. Just keep an eye on the kittens and make sure they are all feeding well. The mother should take over and nudge any kitten who is not getting enough or it will simply eat with one of the other kittens is done.

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  100. Hi, my girlfriend an I found a stray cat on my deck back before xmas, we are not absolutely sure how old she is, if I had to guess, maybe a year old at best.. she is a in house cat only and has never been around male cats, do female cats nipples still grow in if not pregnant and if so, around what age, we have not got her spayed yet

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    • Thanks for your comment Justin. If she is around 1 years old, they have fully developed. Most kitten’s (including males) nipples stop growing around 6 months. If her nipples are becoming enlarged and she is not spayed, there is a good chance she is pregnant. If you plan on keeping her, get her checked for this BEFORE spaying her or it will kill the kittens. As for her not being around males, is she showing signs of being in heat? Sometimes females will have enlarged nipples when they are in heat. Just because she is a house cat does not mean she hasn’t gotten in and out the house without you knowing. Hormones make cats seek out a mate and if they are not fixed, they will sometimes sneak out the house if they get the chance to. Females are pregnant for around two to two and a half months so it is impossible for her to be pregnant if you are 100% certain she has been in the house since December. If she has been in the house the whole time, it is likely a sign of being in heat. The sooner she is spayed the better.

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  101. I need to no roughly when my cat wil pop she is pregnant and from what we no we think it could be any time earlier today we saw them moving in her belly and we could feel the heat brag also her nipples are quite big and when u sqeeze them milk homes out of them she is only around 1 year old herself we have a box ready for her she is very protective of her belly and growls Evan if u lightly place your hand on it but I don’t think she’s looking for a nesting place and she never meows but she won’t walk far and she always comes inside I need to know about when she is due do u have a rough idea

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    • Thank you for your comment Charlotte. You can read my other post on pregnancy HERE which explains the signs she will be close to labor. It is hard to tell you without seeing her personally. I hope my other post helps you out.

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  102. My lil lady’s about 14 and she’s always been a bit manic about licking her belly – so much so only peach fuzz grows there at this point. Recently though I noticed one of her nipples just on the edge of that bald spot is swollen up to the size of a pinto bean, translucent, and seemingly filled with clear fluid. Under the nipple and under the skin feels lumpy. She’s also avoiding licking it, which is unusual for her. What’s up?

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    • Thank you for your comment Alex. Unfortunately, based on your description, it sounds like it might be mammary cancer. I would take her in to a vet ASAP. There is a chance it may be a skin/nipple infection as well but since this sounds very similar to mammary cancer, it is best to take her in to see a Vet.

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  103. I have a female stray who gave birth to 6 (I think!) kittens 5 weeks ago. Last night, Mama brought three kittens into my backyard. The other three are still in their original nest (across the street) with Mama’s older kitten (who is now about 8 or 9 months old). The older kitten appears to have “adopted” a few of the new kittens! Is it possible that she could actually be nursing them? Like I said, this older kitten is only about 8 or 9 months old and has never been pregnant. She is not spayed. In doing a little research online, I have seen conflicting answers to this question. Just curious.

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    • Thank you for your comment Meredith! The 8/9 month year old can be lactating, it does happen but because she has never been pregnant, she likely isn’t giving the right nutrition to the other kittens. Not to mention she is a stay and quite young. It would be best if you returned them to their mother or took them in yourself. You can use KMR powder formula to feed them. There is a good chance they will not make it without their mother’s milk or a proper supplement. If they are friendly strays you can make a nesting area for her to keep the kittens in using a large plastic bin on its side and lining it with hay and/or old blankets or towels.

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  104. This outdoor cat had kittens a few weeks ago and I don’t exactly know what happened but somehow she tore off a nipple completely I think a kitten must’ve bitten it off. Idk how to help her she won’t let me go near. I’m feeding them from a safe distance for now. Please help as quickly as possible

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    • Thanks for your comment Annie. I am going to assume she is a homeless/feral cat. When a cat becomes pregnant, her nipples swell. Being that she lives outdoors, she could have caught it on a fence or some other object while running away from a threat. It is very unlikely a kitten did that to her. She needs medical help to make sure there is no infection. Speak to a local pet clinic or shelter and see if they will come and set up a cage to catch her (bait trap). As for the kittens, how old do you think they are? If they are still very young, this can pose a threat to their health. It is kind to feed them and feeding her will keep her near by. You are doing the best you can but she needs medical treatment for something like that.

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  105. We found a stray cat who looks to be pregnant. she has one nipple that is a bit red and very swollen. It looks and feels like a block under her skin. Her nipple will leak a bit of milk if I squeeze it. I find it strange that it’s just on one side and seems to affect just one nipple. Is this normal in a pregnant cat?

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    • Thanks for your comment Erin. Based on what you said, it is impossible for me to tell you for certain. While some cats can have only some nipples swollen during pregnancy, having just one is not something I have heard of. It may be infected. This can happen from it leaking and her over licking the area causing skin to break. There is a chance that the kittens may have not made it which means she would need surgery. I think the best bet would be to take her into a free pet clinic or see if a local Vet will look at her for no charge being that she is a stray. I wish I could be of more help.

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  106. Hello 🙂 my cat had her first kittens a week ago. Only one of them has survived. Looking at her nipples, they all look whitish and not swollen. Is this normal? Is there a way I could check if she has milk? I want to know if the kitten is getting enough milk. Thanks

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    • Thanks for your comment Sara. I am sorry to hear all but one did not make it 🙁 This is usually due to sickness or vitamin deficiencies in the mother. Because the others did not make it, regardless if she is producing milk or not it is a good idea to get some supplement milk for the remaining kitten. KMR is what I used with the kittens who were 3 weeks old and lost their mother. All three survived. You can allow the mother to continue to comfort the kitten and care for it but you will want to intercept for feeding. The nipples should be bright pink and a tad bit swollen. Since they appear white, she likely isn’t producing like she should.

      Pick up a kitten bottle and some formula (KMR). The powder kind is best as you get more for your money over the cans. Most pet stores carry this. Please update me on how the kitten is doing! I hope the best for the baby and mommy.

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  107. My very large neutered female cat has (I think) six nipples. The four nearest her rear end are in very close pairs. Is this normal?

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    • Thanks for your comment Fiona Weir! Yes, this is not common but it is considered normal. A female cat being spayed or not doesn’t make a difference. Sometimes a kitten will develop larger spacing in the womb because its siblings had more nipples. She likely didn’t develop a 4th set which makes the spacing a bit wider between the 2nd and 3rd set. It all comes down to genes. As mentioned above, some cats have four nipples and some have as many as ten. It is nothing to worry over. If she was the “runt” of the litter, this can also be the cause. She could have been slightly premature and developed at a slower rate. Either way, it is perfectly fine! 🙂

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  108. Um…I have a cat that is about 8months to a year. We recently found an orphaned kitten and when we introduced them, she started caring for it. The kitten sucks on her nipple but she has never been pregnant and isn’t fixed. Is it possible that even though she has never been pregnant, that she can lactate? The kitten is about three weeks old now.

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    • Thank you for your comment Jessica. Yes, because she is not fixed she can lactate. It is not common but it does happen, it can even happen with women who have never given birth. It all ties in with the hormones. She may not be producing milk at all. I have cared for a kitten who has suckled my male cat’s nipples before because he was the only cat around. If you know she is not producing milk or even if she is, you can still allow her to care for the kitten but you will want to feed the orphan formula. You can pick some up at a pet store or grocery store. It is very important for the kitten that it is receiving all of its nutrients. She is only 8 months old which means she will not be able to provide the kitten with proper nutrition even if she is lactating.

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    • Is it milk or is it clear/translucent white liquid? There is a difference. Also, when was she fixed? If she was fixed later in life (past the age of 8 months) the risk of her having breast cancer slightly increases. Some of the symptoms of feline breast cancer is swelling, discharge, and pain. I recommend taking her into a vet asap to rule that out. Leaking in a fixed spayed female who has never been pregnant is not normal.

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