Hello all and I must first say, thank you for this site. My 8 year old boy was just diagnosed this morning and is currently in care at the clinic to start the first stages of regulating his blood sugars. I am praying this critical time for Shamus and his overnight stay goes well enough that I can get him home and begin the road to maintaining a healthy and back to "normal" lifestyle for him soon. I just dropped him off at 1:30 this afternoon for fluids and the first bouts of insulin treatment. I am waiting to hear how he is responding. He had lost muscle mass so it is suspected this had been going on for a while. I just spent a month away and am also feeling the sting of guilt in not knowing he was struggling even prior to my leaving. His symptoms showed more prevalent when I returned home and he began turning away from his normal feeding, but the normal line of food he had been eating from the clinic had been changed and I thought he was just being finicky and perhaps there was also some stress with my absense. Unfortunately after a buffet of food options and intermittent appetite for them, we went to the vet and got our diagnosis. Your article "What is Feline Diabetes?" was the first information I was able to hear today and not cry through. I have been overwhelmed with the news and the responsibility it places on me in his survival, so also scared at the same time--I want to do everything right since his well being is going to be much more dependent on my diligence. I just wanted to say hello and find a place where I felt I could get some encouragement and support. I VERY much appreciate you all being here. <3 Shamus has a same aged brother named Oscar (they were both rescues that ended up at the clinic within a week of one another so have always been together) and we are anxiously awaiting his arrival home and back on track to feeling well again.