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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Samantha
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Samantha

What if the cat is not trying to push them out

pauline esposito
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pauline esposito

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.

Ashley
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Ashley

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?

Carol Davis
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Carol Davis

Pretty sure my cat is pregnant. She has dried blood around nipples should I be concerned or is this normal?

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Gabiiiadragna

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 ?

Joanne
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Joanne

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… Read more »

Ab Van zyl
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Ab Van zyl

Hi. I saw now my male cats 1 nipple is reddish like there is a small amount of blood. What can this be?

Aileen
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Aileen

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

Brittany Hebert
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Brittany Hebert

My cat has fur growing out of her nipple

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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.