Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
Hello - and yes, they can, although there are two important things to consider. The first is, pain; cats can be experts at hiding their pain but it doesn't mean they don't feel it as strongly as you can yourself. If you consider how much a wound of that relative depth, length and degree of movement would hurt a person, you may not be far out and your vet may well ask to provide pain releif. The other is the bleeding. A simple, moderate bleed is easy for the system to recover from, but continuous bleeds may not be and could lead to tiredness. weakness and even confusion. I'm sure you can already tell that this is not something an online vet should be assessing for you, but the in-person vet who can put your pets' quality of life into context. They will want to think about whether your cat is a) pain free and b) happy. Good questions for them include, " if my cat were yours, would you be happy with this quality of life? " If you search through our blog archive or visit The Ralph Site for questions relating to end of life care, you may find some helpful articles.