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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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

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…

Christal
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Christal

Thank you so much! Two more quick question… When can you safely hold the kittens after they are born so as to make sure the mamma will not push them away or stop caring for them and at what age do they open there eyes? My cat just had 5 babies (her first litter) about 15 hrs ago🙂 Thanks so much!

Brittany
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Brittany

My cat is about 3 years old and a female. She had a litter of 3 about two years ago. They no longer live with us but I have noticed one of her lower nipples sags while the others don’t. Is this normal?

Christal
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Christal

Can a cat have a litter of 8 and only have 6 nipples?

Christal
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Christal

Are there always enough nipples for every kitten she delivers? Can she have 8 kittens but only 6 nipples?

Tyler
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Tyler

My cat Boomette gave birth a week ago and has been doing GREAT but her nipples look very red and raw, is it safe to put unrefined virgin coconut oil on them without harming the kittens? Also, if so how often should it be applied.

Josie
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Josie

My cat is very close to having a litter of kittens and today I noticed a very strange bump on her stomach that looks like it may potentially be on or near one of her nipples. it’s a dark red swollen bump that’s squishy and she seems a bit sensitive when it is touched. i’m worried about what it could potentially be, but i am not sure about taking her to the vet right now as she will probably have the babies overnight and do not want to separate newly born kittens from their mother.

Michael
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Michael

Hello, our mom cat is nursing 4 kittens and 2 of her nipples are darker and she seems to kick the kittens away from them while allowing them to nurse from the others that are pink. Should I be concerned…?

Donna halliwell
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Donna halliwell

My cat had kittens yesterday but on the chest were they are nipples it is very hard should i be worried.

Moore
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Moore

How to multiply cat’s milk? Like what should i give or feed to my cat? My cat does not have big nipples. I think it not enough for her many kittens.

Nathan
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Nathan

I want to clarify that it is not some of the nipples themselves that are swollen, but rather the mammary glands under the nipples….

Nathan
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Nathan

Hi, we have a 6 month old female cat that is pregnant, I think by about maybe 3 weeks. One of her nipples is swollen and hard- maybe the size of a large marble. A couple of others are also swollen and hard, although not a large. The others appear small and normal. Is this unevenness normal? Thank you!

Jennylynn
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Jennylynn

I’m not sure if my cat is pregnant, her belly is bigger and her nipples are swelled and are white crusty looking . Can someone tell me if she is pregnant or not

Kyle
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Kyle

I know it that this isn’t a tumor but my male cat has an extra nipple on his back he is an 13 year old tuxedo cat and I’m scared if this is healthy or not and I’m sure this isn’t a tumor help

James
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James
My cat has like 8 tiny dots on his nipple hes indoor, ive been freaking out thinking its fleas but he’s showing no sign, doing research i guess cats can get acne around there nipples, he has a little chunk to him so it would be hard to reach, i bathed him today nothing came of, i tried olive oil and it seems like that helped a little within minutes or it could just be the same. So pretty much what im asking is, does my cat have flea poop on him, ran a wet cloth over it didnt turn red, or is it the same as male human nipples we have those little dots around them and it could just be clogged pores on my cat, any help would be awesome i’ve been doing research on this for 8 hours and my cats getting annoyed of me having him… Read more »

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