Why Do Male Cats Have Nipples, And Do They Have As Many As Females?

Since They Don’t Need Them, Why Male Cats Have Nipples?

Nipples on male cats are a result of an evolutionary quirk. Nipples are developed before the actual gender of the fetus is determined.

Do All Cats Have Nipples?

Yes, they do – both males and females.  Sometimes you might not notice them, since cats’ fur can hide the nipples.  Also, if a female cat is spayed at a young age, her nipples will be difficult to see.

How Many Nipples Do Cats Have?

Cats usually have between 6 to 8 nipples in pairs along the abdomen. However, this number can vary between cats.

How Many Nipples Do Male Cats Have?

Same as females - male cats will also usually have between 6 to 8 nipples in pairs. But, some of them might have an odd number of nipples!

Can Male Cats Get Breast Cancer?

This is possible, but is extremely rare.  Less than 1% of cats that develop mammary cancers are males.

What Does a Cat Nipple Look Like?

A nipple is a small, pink, and slightly raised bump. It almost has the same volcano-style shape like a pimple.