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 numbers 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.

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.

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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Becky Myers
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Becky Myers

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.

Estella
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Estella

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!!

Estella
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Estella

This is my mom’s daughter btw I’m just asking

May Hunter
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May Hunter

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.

Sharen Troy
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Sharen Troy

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

Saba
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Saba

My cat has 12 Nipples 6 on each side is it normal and he is about 3 months old…

Jaime Duke
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Jaime Duke

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??

Barb from Stranger Things PhD in nipple stimulatio
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Barb from Stranger Things PhD in nipple stimulatio

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.

Rocio
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Rocio

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..

Rocio
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Rocio

**is that? Her nipples are also very white.

Hatter
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Hatter

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.

Jeff
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Jeff

Take the cat to the vet! Especially if you’re letting it come inside your home.

Keira
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Keira

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.

Leila Lofton
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Leila Lofton

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?