Do Male Cats Have Nipples

Do Male Cats Have Nipples: The Mystery Behind Them


 lot of people have asked me, “do male cats have nipples?”, which is actually a very good question.

If male cats do, indeed, have nipples, then what are their purpose, and why would they have nipples like a female cat does when males do not produce milk for their kittens?

Since people have continuously asked me about male cats having nipples, I started to get more curious and had a couple of questions myself. I’ve put this article together to answer if male cats have nipples, why they have them, and more.

Do Male Cats Have Nipples?

Do Male Cats Have Nipples?

Interestingly enough, yes, male cats do have nipples. In fact, a lot of male mammals of various species have nipples. Male pigs, primates, kangaroos, and opossums are just a few of the many known mammal species to have nipples.

This, however, begs the question, why do only a handful of mammal species produce males that have nipples, while others do not?

In short, the formation of nipples in many species of male mammals is stopped by hormones during their initial development. This stunt is not seen in humans, however, as both male and female humans have nipples.

Do Male Cats Produce Milk?

Do Male Cats Produce Milk?

Male cats cannot produce milk and lactate from their nipples, only female cats are able to do so. At this time of writing, there is only one known existing species of animal that can be both male and produce milk.

The male Dayak fruit bat, which are native to Malaysia specifically, are able to produce a small amount of what researchers believe to be milk.

At this time of writing, however, it’s unclear whether or not the male Dayak fruit bat uses the produced milk for the purpose of feeding their offspring. It has yet to be seen in either the wild or in captivity.

Going back to the question of whether or not male cats produce milk, they do have nipples just like female cats do. However, they are nonfunctional and do not serve the same purpose as the female’s do, being to produce milk and feed their kittens.

How Many Nipples Do Male Cats Have?

How Many Nipples Do Male Cats Have

Male cats have a total of eight nonfunctional nipples. Like a female cat, they have the same configuration for the layout of their nipples, which is four sets of parallel nipples.

As a male cat ages, the nipples will grow and protrude more. During the first stages of a male kitten’s life, their nipples are only small buds that form in two rows.

During this time, they are incredibly small and difficult to see through the fur unless you feel around. If you do, you will notice that the nipples are only small, hard bumps.

What is the Purpose of Male Cats Having Nipples?

What is the Purpose of Male Cats Having Nipples?

Because male cats do not produce milk, yet they still have nipples, you’re probably wondering why they even have them in the first place and what their purpose is.

Females and males from both human and mammal species are all the same during the fetus stage. However, once the male DNA, hormones, and testosterone begin to kick in, some traits and genetic developments are stopped.

However, where nipples are concerned in the case of male cats, their nipple growth isn’t stopped. In short, they are created for the “just in case” factor should the cat grow and develop to be a female.

Therefore, it’s safe to say that your question on what the male cat nipples are for can be answered by two simple words - for decoration. They really have no purpose at all, they just exist on male cats and do not do anything.

Interestingly enough, however, you may be surprised to find that there are male cats who allow orphaned kittens that they have taken in as their own to breastfeed from them. Obviously, no milk is produced so the kitten isn’t actually breastfeeding.

This act of loving kindness happens quite frequently with male cats who take care of kittens. There are even videos of it happening, too. You can see one for yourself by clicking here.

The Mystery That Are Nipples on Male Cats

The Mystery That Are Nipples on Male Cats

There are quite a few species of mammal that include nipples on males, including male cats, with only one exception where functionality is concerned. So, to answer your question, “do male cats have nipples?”, they, indeed, do.

Even though a male cat’s nipples only function as somewhat of a decoration and not for the purpose of producing milk and lactating, they are still useful in a way.

Now that I’ve answered every question I’ve gotten about nipples on male cats, what are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments below!

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