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Default Unanswered: Can a cat survive with half a tongue?

Any one help please, Harry was hit by a car 8 days ago he sufferd a fractured jaw cut mouth and had to have over half his tongue removed. All this was done by the wonderful PDSA, he is having difficulty eating and the are now telling us to consider putting him to sleep obviousley this is breaking our hearts and we don't know what to do. We havn't seen him since we left him and he is a big spoilt cat we think perhaps if we got him home he may settle be happy and eat...We have another cat and she has just started to eat as she has been missing him...ANY HELP OR ADVICE PLEASE!
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I think so. Cats can still survive even if they have half a tongue. But it'll cause a lot of discomfort.
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Any one help please, Harry was hit by a car 8 days ago he sufferd a fractured jaw cut mouth and had to have over half his tongue removed. All this was done by the wonderful PDSA, he is having difficulty eating and the are now telling us to consider putting him to sleep obviousley this is breaking our hearts and we don't know what to do. We havn't seen him since we left him and he is a big spoilt cat we think perhaps if we got him home he may settle be happy and eat...We have another cat and she has just started to eat as she has been missing him...ANY HELP OR ADVICE PLEASE!
Oh poor Harry, I am so sorry.

Like you said, maybe he will settle when he is home with you.

He must be so stressed out, love him. Being apart from you and your other cat.
Give it try, or you'll never know.
Please don't have him put to sleep without giving it a go.

Please come back and update on your situation.
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That is so sad, but I think that I would also take him home and see how he copes, it maybe that he can only cope with canned food, but it's worth a go. I hope it all works out for him. Blessings
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Please do update us on Harry when you get a chance! I agree with the others, maybe he will do ok with canned food. And maybe he'll eat better at home. I would give that a go...

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Oh, poor little kitty. I agree with everyone else--please take him home. The poor baby must be so scared not knowing where you are. Dont put him to sleep and please consider making him an indoor cat. I know that cats love the outdooors, but this is why I don't let mine outside. They have a window perch to look otside. Maybe you can add water to canned food to make it easier to eat. If this doesn't work, ask the vet if there is some kind of eyedropper you can use to feed him and also to give him water. Please let us know how he is doing.
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Sure it can survive with half a tongue. It could survive with no tongue. With half a tongue he might sound like Sylvester the Cat and say "Thufferin Thuckotash!" though. And if he got colored pink with betadine from his medical treatment, he might say "Heaven's To Murgatroid, even!" "Exit stage right, even!" (Snagglepuss)
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If it seems like hes really really suffering you might want to consider putting him to sleep. You dont want him to live a life of pain, do you?
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Oh my goodness. Please bring him home to his own environment and to the people he knows and trusts and loves. He should be able to adapt to having half a tongue. I'm sure you'll be surprised at his recovery once home.
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I don't think missing half a tongue is a big deal. I have seen dogs with only 2 legs (one in front and one in back) that could run just as fast as a normal dog. There are humans that have half of their brain removed to avoid seizures, and they live fairly normal lives. My adopted 19 year old sister didn't know how to operate a hand operated can opener until just tonight.. soo.. I'm thinking that having half a tongue is not a fatal handicap.
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