I've never posted here because I'm usually over on the Lantus board. But this post is off topic. My diabetic cat Starbuck has oral squamous cell carcinoma with a tumor on her chin. It's untreatable even though we caught it early. She might have days, weeks, or months. From what I understand, it depends on how much pain she's in and if/when she decides to refuse food because of the discomfort. This happened FAST. For about a week she licked her lips & yowled only after eating. I took her to the vet 10/17. He checked her mouth and teeth, found nothing. Four days later I discovered the tumor, already a big lump, on her lower jaw. Both the vet and I KNOW there was nothing there before--he felt all over that spot. For two weeks she acted fine. She had a biopsy, which confirmed the diagnosis. She's on palladia to try and slow the tumor and meloxicam for inflammation/pain. I felt a bit more optimistic, since she wasn't acting sick yet, until this weekend she sort of started to fade. She's still eating, still moving around, still will watch birds, but... I guess she just looks less comfortable to me? This morning I was alarmed when she came into bed with me and began pawing at her face and crying for a solid 2-3 minutes. It was the same behavior that made me bring her to the vet in the first place. I can't help thinking she came to me asking for help. SO. I would love to hear from anyone who elected to put their pet to sleep early in a terminal cancer diagnosis, before it got really bad. Did you regret it or feel at peace with it? I think she could have a couple more weeks, but I can't stand watching her fade and look like she's hunched up and hurting. I was advised by lots of people to wait until she stops eating. I'm not sure I want to. This is apparently one of the most painful cancers because it's on her face. I am taking her to get a buprenex shot today, but leaning toward making an appointment to put her to sleep Friday. Just talked to my vet and he said more people regret waiting too long. I would appreciate anyone who has a perspective or personal experience to share.