Because of several symptoms (tilted head, occasional bouts of coughing and infection around her eyes), I brought my 13 year old cat to the vet and was told that sadly she has cancer, untreatable. The vet told me the only thing to do now was to "end her suffering" (and not by curing her) and was very sure about it.
I didn't want to do it then and there, so the vet gave me antibiotics and steroids which reduces infection and pain.
But the more I think about it, the less I think she's in as much pain as the vet seems to think. She doesn't groan or meow as I'd expect, she eats a bit, and comes looking for food at meal times, and while she's slower and less mobile than she would have been, she can put up a decent fight when I try to give her the pills.
Now the obvious answer is it's because of the pain killing steroids, but this isn't a change from before I brought her to the vet. Sure she's more tired more than before but I don't feel she's suffering a fate worse than death.
Would it be obvious if she was in pain or suffering that much, or could I be misinterpreting it altogether?