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.

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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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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.

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?

Antoinette van der Plas
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Antoinette van der Plas

Hi there. I have a 5year old chinchilla cat. I recently noticed that there is a purple color around his on nipple. Could you tell me if I need to be worried?

Keira
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Keira

The same thing happened to my cat

Ann Warner
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Ann Warner

Hi! Lately my male orange tabby has been really licking one of his lower nipples. He makes a little
sound that I can’t compare it to . Harley’s mouth kind of goes around in a circular motion, seemingly the same as a man would do with a woman except he’s smoothing the fur as far away from the actual nub (?) as possible . He’s got to be making it raw with that rough tongue 😢Any advice would be greatly appreciated by both of us 😊 He would have sent this himself but he’s just had his nails done😉😉Okay, not really. My quirky humor!!

Tyler
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Tyler

How old are cats when they get their nipples usually?

Amber
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Amber

Is there a way to find out how many kittens our cat has had based on how many nipples are full of milk

Barbara Davis
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Barbara Davis

My cat lost all but one of her nipples while nursing her kittens. The kittens are now 5 months old and she is pregnant again. Will her nipples grow back again in time to nurse her new kittens?

Nia
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Nia

Ok so my cat just had some kittens now there about 7 months and I think she is pregnant again. The other day after I feed my cats I found that one threw up all of the food they ate (not sure which because I have multiple) Also i walked in on my kittens trying to drink milk from thier mother and they usually dont do that especially not 3 at the same time and i pulled them off if her and it was wet around her nipples and they look very pink and bigger than usual. My other femalw cats have white or very light pink nipples …could she be pregnant.

Mochi
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Mochi

Hi there,
I have a very spoiled 2 yr old that has always been indoors. Today I noticed that one of her nipples was a dark brown, the others are pink. The surrounding are is a dark brown as well. About the size of a penny. I don’t believe it was like this before, but has recently just occurred. She was spayed when she was 3 – 4 months old. I tried cleaning it and it’s not coming off, it really just looks like a mole. I don’t think it painful because she doesn’t react when I touch it.

Any ideas on what this could be?