Do Male Cats Have Nipples? Do They Serve Any Purpose?

Do Male Cats Have Nipples? Do They Serve Any Purpose?

Author WCF Staff

10.04.2022.


Ever wonder if male cats have nipples? If this is the case, what are they for? Well, the truth is that, yes, male cats have nipples. Our vet team brings you all the information you need to know about male cat nipples.

What is the purpose of male cat nipples?

For the time being, let us stick to the fundamentals. There are six to eight nipples on the body of both male and female cats. Females have them to feed their kittens, and they become more noticeable around 2-3 weeks into gestation. They'll also turn a dark pinkish-purple color as a result of this.

RELATED: What Cat Owners Need to Know About Cat Eyes

Male cats have them because, well, they just have them. The nipple of a male cat serves no purpose; you are correct. However, there is a good reason they're there. A male cat's nipple development stops when chromosomes determine the fetus' gender, leaving the little male kitten with useless nipples.

black male cat

Where on their body are nipples placed?

Male cats have two rows of nipples on their abdomen. You won't be able to detect them if you ever decide to go looking for them. They're tiny and well-protected by their fur.

What do they look like?

Pimple-like marks will be visible on the cat's abdomen. Female kittens' nipples are the same. Nipples are only visible during pregnancy, so it's impossible to guess the cat's gender simply by taking a look at the bottom half of their body.

RELATED: 7 Most Common Cat Noises and Their Meaning

Do male cats lose their nipples?

Male cats' nipples remain with them throughout their lives, despite serving no purpose. Odds are that you'll never notice them. However, in rare cases, a medical condition can magnify them and make them visible.

ginger male cat

Can they be enlarged?

There is no need for male cats' nipples to be so visible. Male cats can be affected by a medical condition, such as a cyst or tumor, which can make them enlarged, as previously mentioned. Getting scratched on the nipple in the midst of a catfight might cause swelling and infection, which could result in an enlargement of the area. Regardless of the cause, your buddy's enlarged nipple necessitates a trip to the vet.

Do male cats have mammary glands?

Before we can answer this, let us define mammary glands. Animals produce milk and other nutrients to feed their young through the use of their mammary glands. Both genders have four on both sides of their abdomens. However, a male cat's mammary glands are not nearly as developed as a female's. Male mammary glands are considerably smaller and don't have the same function as those found in females.

RELATED: Why do Cats Knead? What Does Kneading Mean?

Can mammary tumors affect male cats?

A male cat's mammary tumors are possible but not likely. Mammary tumors are among the most common cancers in cats, accounting for one of the top three. Mammary fibroadenomatous hyperplasia (MFH) can occur in male cats. Still, it is far more common in female cats and affects them 95% of the time. A specific yellow nipple discharge may indicate complications and should be checked out. If you notice a lump on your cat's belly or anywhere else, don't hesitate to take it to the vet.

cat looking up

Is it possible for a male cat to produce milk?

Typically, the usual response would be a resounding no. But hang on a second. When the nipples are over-stimulated, such as through constant grooming and licking of the area, a male cat can produce milk. However, this is extremely rare. Is it possible to witness a male cat nursing one of his kittens? We bet you'd wonder if you were on another planet if you ever did! Though some argue that a male cat can't lactate, this is a rare circumstance, so who knows what can happen?

RELATED: 7 Things You Need to Know About Your Cat's Ears

Conclusion

It's possible you are holding your male cat and looking for his nipples right now. If you're a cat owner and didn't know this, you're not alone. It's a good idea to keep track of them just in case, even if they're not doing anything useful. For male cats with large nipples, an examination by a veterinarian is necessary. You'll have a great story to tell your friends if your male cat ever starts to produce milk. Even if that happens, now you know how to react and why a male kitten might be producing milk.

World Cat Finder Team

world cat finder logo

Share

Share