Alright so here's some backstory.... My cat, Effy, was found as a stray around 4 years ago. He was thin as all hell and covered in scabs. I took him in (well he came to me) and he's never left my side since. We are absolutely inseparable. Anyhoo, he was estimated to be around 8 years old when I found him and took him to get checked out. He's about 11 now if that estimate was right. He was 16.6lbs in May, and has since dropped to 14lbs as of last week. I took him in because he stopped pooping in the litter box and was pooping in random spots all over my apartment which usually meant his flea allergy was acting up and he needed his dose of revolution. When I gave him his revolution and the pooping never stopped- that's when I noticed the excessive drinking and peeing and how thin he started to look. Asked for blood work thinking it was hypothyroidism but turned out to be Diabetes. His blood glucose was 470 if I recall correctly. What weirded me out was they didn't do anything to correct that they just gave me a script of clavamox and gave me the purina DM food. The vet wanted to try to correct it with diet before trying insulin therapy. Mind you I have no idea about diabetes in general, humans or cats. So right now I'm scared as heck. Anyway, ever since I've had Effy his stools have NEVER been solid, I mean never. Not necessarily diarrhea but just soft, almost diarrhea. Now that he's on clavamox and the new food he's got the WORST diarrhea ever, pure liquid and I can literally hear it shoot out of him from the other room. It's only been a few days so I was going to let his stomach settle on the new diet and call on Monday to tell them about the diarrhea. Here's my dilemma. I know that it's my fault he's diabetic. I've given him anything he wanted, and that meant unlimited food at all times (no people food but his dry food which was purina naturals). I never had him on a set eating schedule, I was one of those people who filled the bowl and water and we just coexisted. Whenever it got almost empty i'd fill it and we'd go about our day. He is so accustomed to eating whenever he wants. Now I know I can't do this anymore, I understand that wasn't a good idea now. But I have no idea what IS a good food plan... so here's what i'm asking.. How many times a day do you feed your diabetic cats? How much of a serving size do you give them? About what time do you feed them? As of right now, he wakes me up everyday at 7am to feed him, then he whines again around 12/1 for a refill, then doesn't whine until around 6, and then again around midnight and then it starts back at 7. I'm embarrassed typing this. I've created a gluttonous diabetic monster, lol. I need guidance, anything. He took surprisingly well to the purina dm, wet or dry. I've been feeding him dry because I thought the wet would upset his stomach more but I got on here and read the sidebar articles before getting on the forum and saw that this site doesn't recommend the dry purina dm. I have no problem just feeding him the wet but to be honest I don't know what I'm doing. He's 14lbs. Is one can supposed to get him through the entire day? I know I'm supposed to refrigerate it after opening, do I reheat it before giving him another serving? Basically I just don't know how to feed him anymore. I'm so scared I'm going to mess him up, guys. I'm overthinking and driving myself insane with guilt and fear lol. I'm in tears typing this because I feel like such a failure, such a stupid cat mom. I want this to be able to be controlled with food and to not resort to insulin unless it's absolutely necessary I just don't know where to start. I've tried googling serving sizes and just can't find the answers I'm looking for to my stupid questions. Any help is appreciated. I'm so lost.