Hi, my name is Cathy and I just found your website this morning. Gus, my 12 year old male, was just diagnosed Friday and I was handed insulin, needles, and told to set up an appointment in 3 weeks. I have used my Vet for almost 18 years and often have trouble communicating, due to his overall personality. However, he was there for me in an emergency situation 18 years ago and I will not forget that and have kept him as our Vet due to that reason. Anyway, back to Gus...We have been doing the insulin shots for 3 days, with this being our 4th day. My Vet did not go thru the possibilities of what could happen if he had a bad reaction, but I had looked at another site and found out about that possibility. However, your site goes into much more detail and it has been helpful. I am still pretty much at my wits end here trying to give 2 doses a day at 12 hours apart and making sure he eats at the time I'm giving the shot, before and sometimes just after. See I have 9 cats in my family and they are "indoor/outdoor" cats. All cats come in at night, but the do go in and out during the day. A particular diet for any of the cats is impossible. They have food down all the time, which is dry food and some treats. Wet food is given in the early morning and early evening, unless one comes and gets me and seems to want wet food and I give it to them. I was told by the Vet to give him a treat before I gave him the injection or food of some kind. I didn't know about the syrup if he had a reaction! I was told to give the shot in one place, but have read that it should be given in a different place and not the same one every time. I know nothing about urine testing and frankly, I don't see him letting me put anything under his urine stream while going. I have no one other than myself to administer the medication and am very concerned about the future. The thought of putting him to sleep wasn't really something that I thought about immediately and is not something I am willing to do immediately either. I have another cat that has lived with the FIV virus for 10 years now, if that tells you anything about me. I just couldn't put him down, even with the possibility of passing it on to the other cats in the house. I know this is a little long and I still need to read more that you have here, but I am happy to have found this site and knowing that I can get some advice is a good thing. My biggest concern, other than the cost because I am unemployed, is monitoring Gus. I saw him eat at about the right time, gave the shot, he ate a little more and now is outside in the heated shed. I can't see him and don't know if he is okay. That is the problem with cats that go in and out. Morning shots are easy, evening shots not so much. All 9 eat anywhere from 4 to 6pm and it is going to be extremely difficult to get Gus to eat that the exact time he should. I have given him some little things like some gravy or a tiny bit of hamburger in the evening so I could give him a shot, but I'm sure what I am feeding him is probably not right. Again,not much direction from the vet, so winging it as best as I can right now. Thanks for reading and thanks for being here. I'm sure that in time I will get everything read and be much more educated on what and how I am supposed to do this with Gus!