How Many Nipples Do Cats Have?

June 08, 2018

How Many Nipples Do Cats Have?

Did you just feel you cat’s nipples while giving her a belly rub?

Like all mammals, even male cats have nipples and they have several pairs of them. But, how do you know that it's your cat’s nipples that you’re touching, not some insect or infection?

In this blog post, I will answer the question, “How many nipples do cats have?”in as much detail as possible.

Let’s begin.

How many nipples do cats have?

The average number of nipple that cats have is six to eight.

Mostly, cats have an even amount of nipples but, some have odd numbers as well. For some cats, they have four nipples while other might even have ten! In fact, kittens from the same litter can have a different number of nipples. So, don’t panic unless you have to.

Do male cats have nipples?

Yes, male cats, too, have nipples like all mammals. So, you don’t need to panic if you feel something in your cat’s chest or belly.

This is because a cat’s nipples are developed in the womb way before the gender is even determined. So, having nipples isn’t a gender-specific thing at all.

Nipple size and pregnancy

If you have a female cat her nipples will change when she’s pregnant. At day 35 of pregnancy, her nipples will become larger and bright pink in preparation to feed the kittens.

Do you have questions? Leave them in the comments, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


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