Yes, a female cat can produce milk without being pregnant. This condition is known as pseudopregnancy or false pregnancy. It occurs due to hormonal changes in the cat’s body that mimic pregnancy, leading to milk production.
Pseudopregnancy is more common in unspayed female cats but can also happen in spayed cats, although less frequently. The cat’s body goes through similar hormonal changes as it would during a real pregnancy, including an increase in progesterone and prolactin levels. The cat may exhibit nesting behaviors, abdominal swelling, and even produce milk. While pseudopregnancy is generally harmless and resolves on its own within a few weeks, it is essential to monitor the cat for any signs of discomfort or complications. If any concerns arise, it is best to consult with a veterinarian for proper guidance and care.