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.

Did My Cat’s Nipple Fall Off?

The short answer to this is no. To learn more, please read our article Did My Cat’s Nipple Fall Off?

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my cat is very obese. She also has two very prominent nipples. its been almost 3 years. Is it normal?


Hi! I got my cat spayed 2 weeks ago and now she seems to have discharge coming from her nipples.. all of them. There are no lumps around her nipples so I don’t think it is cancer.. any guesses?


hi both my kitten started to get lumpy boobs is that normal they are both females

Tiana Austin

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?

Jinine Winwood

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?


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… Read more »

Ronald Bigelow

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?


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… Read more »


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.

Emily VandenPlas

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.

paige prouse

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