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.

Photo source - The Mad Cat Lady

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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Asha
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Asha

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?

Dondiva Don
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Dondiva Don

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

Becky
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Becky

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

fadila
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fadila

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?

Roy Springintveld
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Roy Springintveld

Hello, does anybod know if a cat can still give milk if the nipple has been cut off?

Roy Springintveld
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Roy Springintveld

can a cat still give milk if the nipple is lost or cut off?

Subee
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Subee

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?

Janaya Fisher
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Janaya Fisher

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.

Shannon Kelsea
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Shannon Kelsea

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?

Lori Koons
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Lori Koons

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?

Austin Moore
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Austin Moore

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

Brian Winter
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Brian Winter

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.

Niki Schmidt
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Niki Schmidt

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.

Laura Tomelin
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Laura Tomelin

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?

Arianna Gayles
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Arianna Gayles

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?

qwqrd
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qwqrd

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

LaRue EXE
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LaRue EXE

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.

noasha
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noasha

Take her to get fixed anyway.

Sardine
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Sardine

Fuck off.

LaRue EXE
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LaRue EXE

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

LaRue EXE
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LaRue EXE
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… Read more »
LaRue EXE
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LaRue EXE

I know it wasn’t you and thank you for your actual help

Crystal Rose
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Crystal Rose

comment image 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

Sarit Glaizer
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Sarit Glaizer

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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