If so, if the cat was bleeding that much to where it was troublesome to the owner, I would think there was more to the story.
This problem in cats, dogs and humans is sad- but education, proper nutrition and lifestyle changes can promote positive outcomes(in some cases), when it comes to problems related to this subject. Although having a Doctorate doesn't always qualify a Vet to know everything, I'd like to think in most cases, the cats health and well being is thought of first.
But it's always best to research yourself too, and get more than one oppinion. It's possible that the cat had cancer, or tumorous growths. But sometimes bleeding can also be caused by blockage of the urethra, and in some cases, a life can be saved by a good doctor, if certain things are done.
My cat is now 9 years old. It's been 5 or 6 years since my cat had this particular problem, and could occur again in the future.
He also has epilepsy, but I am no less glad that I had the money to spend at the time(7-900 dollars). Sadly, rats are considered throw away animals- and I beleive my research is starting to prove that a rat not properly diagnosed, died of blockage, which under different circumstances might have been saved, if diagnosed properly.
Anyway, my point was, always get more than one oppinion, and try to find a specialist...