Just like a lot of mammals, cats give birth to many babies at the same time. Nipples are a way to feed them, and they need plenty to go around.
Cats have nipples, both female and male. Cats have two rows of nipples, and there are around 6 to 8 nipples—3 or 4 in each row. While 6 to 8 is average, some cats may have more or fewer nipples than others. Female and male cats have the same amount.
The quantity of nipples does not vary between cats’ sexes. While there could be a different amount of nipples between cats, this does not mean that females have more than males.
Nipple questions about your pets are not uncommon, especially if you have a female pet. Changes in the nipple could be a sign of pregnancy or illness, so this is something to notice.
As mentioned before, both female and male cats have nipples. The difference between female cat nipples and male cats is that females need them to feed their babies, while males are entirely unnecessary, just like us humans.
The exact amount of nipples does not depend on gender, breed, or health condition. There’s no apparent reason why the number of nipples could vary between cats.
There could be an odd number of nipples on your cat. This does not mean there’s a health issue. If your cat is healthy, whether they have less and more than the average number of nipples, even or odd, it doesn’t matter.
Almost all mammals have nipples. No matter the gender, they all have them.
Just a few mammals don’t have nipples, for example, the echidna and the platypus.
Nipples are developed in the formative stages in the mother’s uterus. This happens before gender is determined. It is like this for humans and every other animal with nipples on the planet.
Nipples on a female cat are more noticeable than those on a male cat.
Where Can I Find My Cat’s Nipples?
All cats, female and male, have two rows of nipples. The rows are parallel to each other, and you can find them in your cat’s belly.
The placement of the nipples is the same as any other mammal that has them. They will be in their tummy, no matter if it is a female cat or a male cat.
The rows of nipples in your cat are symmetrical, and they’re perfectly aligned. Unless you have an odd number, in that case, one nipple won’t be aligned with another.
The majority of cats will have two perfect rows of 3 to 4 nipples.
There is no place for a nipple to be other than your kitty’s tummy. If you find a nipple elsewhere, it may be a completely different thing, and you need to visit a veterinarian.
How Do My Cat’s Nipples Feel?
The answer to this question is that you should know yourselves.
But in case you haven’t felt your cat’s nipples, they feel a lot like pimples or a little swollen bug bite.
If the nipples are swollen themselves, they can feel more significant, softer, and “mushy.” They will be warmer than usual.
The nipples on male cats do not change at any moment. On female cats, they change during pregnancy while lactating and feeding the kittens. They get swollen and even a little weird months after giving birth.
However, a cat’s nipples can get swollen without a female cat being pregnant. If this happens, you should visit your veterinarian immediately for a check-up.
Considering the number of nipples on a cat, vets have told stories of cat owners visiting their office because they found an unusual bump on their kitty only to realize they’ve “discovered” another nipple.
Can I Notice A Pregnancy Through My Cat’s Nipples?
Yes. In terms of your cat’s pregnancy, it is all about their nipples.
One of the main things that change on your cat during pregnancy is the nipples. Two weeks into the pregnancy, they will start showing more prominent and red or pink nipples.
Leaking nipples are a sign that the birth is just a couple of days away.
Again, swollen nipples can occur without pregnancy, so it is advised to contact your veterinarian for confirmation.
How Else Do I Tell My Cat’s Pregnant?
Female cats, like women, have different tells when they are pregnant, like their body changing, other behavior, and evident and apparent weight gain.
Morning sickness could be one of your cat’s pregnancy symptoms, although it is not that common. Your cat might go through a couple of days of early vomiting. If it keeps going longer than that, you might want to check up on her.
The appetite of your cat will grow during pregnancy. If your kitten is not sick during the first weeks of pregnancy, she will eat a lot more than usual.
Considering cats can have many kittens, they are not eating just for two, so expect your cat to eat three or four times more than their usual diet.
A nesting behavior will begin at the final stages of pregnancy. Your cat will find a warm and soft spot in your house and will accommodate it with blankets, or pillows, or anything she could find.
Anything she could find that could be useful for her to be comfortable for the arrivals of her kittens.
A cat’s pregnancy can last between 55 days to 70 days—8 to 9 weeks.
How Is The Process Of A Cat Giving Birth? How Many Kittens Come From A Cat’scat’s First Pregnancy?
Every time a kitten starts to see the light, the cat will tear the membranes so the kitten can come out, and it will also bite the umbilical cord. The new cat mom will also eat it after birth. This process will happen with each kitten.
There is a broad timetable in between kittens. From one kitten to the next one, it could be fifteen minutes to one hour.
Sometimes the mother will rest after giving birth to a couple of kittens. If she has more, those could wait inside her wound for up to 24 hours and more. At this stage, you can offer your cat food and water.
After that, the birth will resume until finished.
Cats usually give birth to an average of four kittens per pregnancy. But this can range from one little kitten to a whole team of 12 adorable furballs.
What Happens When A Cat Has More Kittens Than Nipples?
Imagine a cat with six nipples having 12 kittens.
Well, nature tells us that when a kitten is full of her mom’s milk, it will go to sleep, leaving a chance for another kitten to feed itself.
Most of the time, bigger kittens will bully smaller ones out of their mom’s teats. When this happens, you need to rotate the smaller one onto the back nipples, which offer more milk.
Giving milk to the mother can help her produce more for their kittens in this process.
Bigger kittens will notice pretty early which nipple provides more milk, and they will latch on to them more often. If smaller kittens don’t feed themselves properly, they could die or grow weaker.
Cats are not fond of dairy or milk. They would only feed on their mother’s milk in their gestating phase. So all kittens need to be adequately fed at this stage of their life.
Kittens can start eating solid food between the 8th and 10th week. They usually are well-fed from their mother’s milk by the 4th week.
They will be ready to leave their mother’s side by the 12th week.
All cats, female and male, have nipples. The quantity does not vary because of sex.
The difference between them is that female cats use their nipples to feed the kittens and may change through time. Nipples on male cats do not have any use and are barely noticeable.
Cats are mammals, and just like them, they are born with nipples developed in the womb. There are only a couple of mammals that were born with no nipples.
It doesn’t matter how many nipples your cats have. It is not a concern just as long as they are in your little furball’s tummy in two perfect rows.
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Shawn Manaher is a serial entrepreneur but when he isn’t working, he loves dogs. He’s owned different pets over the years, and always gives a part of his heart to each pet.