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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Brittany Hebert
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Brittany Hebert

My cat has fur growing out of her nipple

laury
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laury

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.

Jeri
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Jeri

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?

Maisey
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Maisey

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

Lisa Esquivel
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Lisa Esquivel

My female kitten does not have nipples. Should I be concerned ?

Olga
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Olga

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?

Olga Vasilyeva
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Olga Vasilyeva

Oh and she had never had kittens.

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