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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Roneisha Lofton
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Roneisha Lofton

I think my cat is pregnant but im not sure her nipples are red and they got bigger but is it because she got older

Erica
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Erica

This can be a sign of mammary cancer morning just a sign of pregnancy and the sooner it is caught by the Vet the better so you should bring her in for a checkup and possible ultrasound.

Danielle Abney
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Danielle Abney

My cat is nursing she had a litter of 6 and she’s in pain whenever they nurse do they have something for cats like they do humans to rub on them and help soothe her?

Melissa
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Melissa

My 2 kittens have not nursed in 11 days. We are letting momma dry up to spay her. Is it safe to leave her alone with kittens now?

Beverly
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Beverly

My cat’s 3 kittens died at 3 weeks old. She’s in pain full of milk. How can I help her

Leah
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Leah

My cat gave birth 2 days ago and one of the kittens is really sick and won’t suckle the other 4 are fine. Her nipple are really red and gummie.I took the 4 kittens out and put the sickly one in but I realised her nipples are white and dry what does that mean?

Kathleen
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Kathleen

So I adopted 2 male kittens. One of them (Robbie) sucks on the other’s (Roscoe) nipples. Robbie is growing and putting on weight better and faster than Roscoe. Why is that? Could it be because Robbie is getting milk from Roscoe? Could that stunt Roscoe’s growth?

Michelle
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Michelle

My cat one 3 yrs old not fixed was laying in her belly I noticed some bruising around a couple of her nipples. She never has been around. A male cat. Should I be concerned

Caroline
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Caroline

Not sure if this has been asked before. But I have a 3 year old female cat who is not fixed but has never been pregnant. We have recently taken in a small male kitty at 4 weeks old and is now 16 weeks. He has been feeding on our females nipples since day one and nothing as has occurred to her nipples. We are now noticing that that they are discharging white fluid and unsure if we should be concerned. Any ideas if this is normal or if we should get her checked?

Frida's mommy
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Frida's mommy

Hi I just took in a beautiful pregnant Cat now known as Frida. She has nursed for 2 weeks now but her nipples look red is that the way they should look? I pet her and she doesnt look like it hurts. Pls help 1st time cat owner. I have 2 dogs but they are spayed so im totally lost. Thanx

Alora
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Alora

my cat just gave birth to 7 kittens but she only has 6 nipples, its her first litter. Should I be concerned?

Denis
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Denis

Perfect love’s advice is mostly sound, but I would check kitten weights daily. One foster mom who checked weights a few times in a day on their first day found one kitten who had lost weight. It turned out the kitten had a cleft palate, and could not suckle and needed to be tube fed! This kitten, one of 13 born to 3 feral moms, has now passed 200+ tube feedings and if she can survive to 4-6 months can have the surgery to correct the issue. Had she not been checking a few times on the first day, this would not have been caught and the kitten would have died! 4 of the 13 kittens have passed away from fading kitten syndrome, despite everything that the fosterer, vet assistant and Vet did. Once a week is not enough though.

Rachid
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Rachid

Did the cat discern the number of his kitties

Amanda nuss
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Amanda nuss

My cat had kittens and I can’t find them. I want to know they are alive so what should I look for on the mama cats nipples to show that they are alive

Ty
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Ty

Hi my cat just had kittens they are not feeding yet. should i be concerned its been about 2 hrs already not sure what to do.

Keith
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Keith

My nursing cats nipples are small and kitten won’t suckle is there any sggestions please

Mona
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Mona

Hi there, my cat delivered 4 healthy babies on 27.04, but 2 days later 2 out of her 4 feeding nipples are white at the top and I think that 2 of the kittens are not getting enough milk as a consequence. We are going to the vet tomorrow, but how can I ease her pain in the meantime, please?

Jessica
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Jessica

I have been feeding a stray/feral? cat that showed up in our neighborhood. Turns out it’s a female and pregnant. My daughter noticed about 2 weeks ago that she looked really round. Fearing that she may be pregnant and not wanting to contribute to the problem of homeless animals we trapped her. We have brought her in the house (basement) in a secluded separate room away from our other 3 indoor cats and 6 little dogs. We have spent a lot of time making friends and she has went from biting my husband twice to letting us rub her belly and snuggling with us. Her room is all decked out with toys, nice beds etc….good kitten food since she is pregnant. We have taken her to the vet twice. Last time was just yesterday, everything seems to be going fine and the vet guesses she will probably have somewhere between… Read more »

Vicky
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Vicky

Hello ,I’d really like to know if you guys’ve know anything about sphynx cats biting /pulling their nipples while grooming themselves?Is it alright or should something be done about it ?I’m afraid she’s going to bite them off completely

SANDY WINSLOW
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SANDY WINSLOW

I have a Tortoise female that has TWO sets of eight nipples. I know that that has to be pretty rare, do you have any info on this. Thanks

Kate
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Kate

Hello, I’m concerned about my kitten. She is five months old and seems to have swollen mammary glands. It feels like a raised, almost bubble-like area the size of a dime on each nipple. I’m pretty worried about it. She isn’t yet spayed, which I think may be the cause of it, but would love some advice.

Denis
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Denis

Curious as to why 4 nipples would not be working, two more are questionable, and two nipples are in full production to feed her 4 kittens. Kittens weights are good, and nothing nipple wise is swollen or discoloured. Kittens are now getting supplemental bottle feedings every 3-4 hours as she won’t be able to continue to fully feed the 4 growing kittens and have them gain as they should. But why would they NOT work is the question…