I belonged to this group years ago and you gave advise and Cessan went off insulin instantly and never went back on it. She lived years with just a good diet and then 2 years with kidney failure. I was a good nurse and loved her so much and without you I would have lost her. She died at 19½ years in the early spring of 2013. We went the week after and picked up a cat who was about 3 years old. We were told he was a foster home cat but we found a cat in a cage the size of a single bed but 8 feet tall and he lived with another cat and he had to jump up 6 feet to the top bunk bed. He was fed dry food had a short scratching post litter and food bowls under the bottom bunk. A woman came once a week for 45 minutes to keep the 2 socialized. He was in the loft of a horse barn and once the horses were in the man opened the cage and said they got to exercise all night in a dark barn. He was 15 pounds and lifting him was like having a basket ball of jello. He dove under my bed and lived there 6 weeks. I started him on the diabetic diet of high protein under 10% carb and no dry. I added water to his food so it was soupy plus hoped it would fill him up more. He gets small pieces of raw chicken when we eat and a few sugar free teeny crunchy treats during the day Got him a water fountain and he lost 3 pounds in 3 months, He then could jump and fit on the window sills, climb high on his cat gym and started his very slow process of getting friendly. His diet has stayed exactly the same chicken or turkey pate for wet food. The vet agreed that a 1 pound can lasting him 2 to 2½ days was a good amount for him to eat. About 3 months ago he started to gain weight and he wasn't getting anything more to eat. He has gained up to 16 pounds. I tried less food but all he did was stare at me for hours between putting food in his bowl and never lost. I never thought of diabetes as Cessan lost weight. I don't see him drinking more but he has always drank alot. Back from 2013 1 clump of litter will be at least the size of my fist. If 2 get together they break the plastic scoopers we can get. The vet saw him today and checked his wheezing and watery eyes and we agreed it was just in his nose nothing in his lungs and with his weight she didn't want to inhalers or pills as they contained cortisone and would up his weight. She said to save money and she knew I could check his blood sugar at home. 4 hours later I did that and was shocked to find it was 12.5 European and 225 American. He has never really played with toys as he didn't have any for 3 years. But now and then he would chase little mice or balls around. Now he lays and pats with his paw. He will need insulin and Dr. Pernilla said if it turned out he had diabetes I should find out the best insulin etc from here. Most vets know very little about diabetic cats. IF the person brings them in they put them on those pills and the cat dies. Or the family says to put them to sleep it would be to hard to have a diabetic cat. So here I am hat in hand asking for advice. Our vet is super said she knew I was a mom not a pet owner and that she trusted me with my other cats kidney care and wanted what was best for Oreo Joe. He has extremely thick hair for a short hair I get handfuls of hair any time I pet him. I comb him 4 or 5 times a day and the waste basket gets filled with hair not waste. His coat is glossy and covered in dandruff oils rubbed directly on his skin for months did nothing. He has always lost tons of hair when combed. It is so thick a brush just glides over the top. Ok I probably told more than needed but help me please. Thank you so much!!!