Hi Everyone! I'm Tracey and I'm a newbie here, so thank you for the add. I am a member of the Feline Diabetes Facebook group too (so you may have seen me there already) but haven’t had a chance to get on to the forum until now. I will apologise in advance for this long-winded post, but this is our feline diabetes journey so far. We live in Melbourne, Australia and have a 14yo semi-longhaired kitty, named ‘Ash', who was diagnosed with diabetes a couple of weeks ago. He has being showing some symptoms over the last month, with gradual weight loss being the major sign that something was going on, but also refusing to eat his dry food, drinking extra water, and peeing lots. So, we went off to the vets for an elderly-kitty check-up. Our vet ran blood and urine tests and Ash's BG level came back at 16 (The vet said it should be 7, but I don't know what unit of measurement this is and forgot to ask the vet). Our vet then added a fructosamine test to confirm the raised BG level was not stress-induced. We had a call from the vets the next day, telling us we needed to get Ash back in ASAP to commence immediate insulin therapy. Our regular vet is usually down-to-earth and no-nonsense, but was away at a conference for a week, so we stuck seeing another vet at the same clinic to go over the dosing, etc. I have a history of animal husbandry from breeding & showing dogs & cats, so giving injections is OK for me to do, but this is our first diabetic kitty, so this has a very quick learning curve for me. Ash is a solid & big-boned cat to start with and currently weighs 6.67kg (14.7 pounds). Fortunately, Ash has zero interest in his dry biscuit lately, so we can limit the carbs nicely there and just give him wet food. We have been given an initial dose of 3iu of 'Mixtard', 12-hourly, which the vet clinic wants to review this Thursday (at the 14-day mark since starting insulin) with a curve test. I have been reading through various pages, posts and information to get up to speed on treatment, what to expect, side effects to watch out for, etc. and noticed that some people home-test for BG. When we went back to see the second vet (not our regular vet), he surprised us mid-consult and said he wanted to keep Ash for the day to do glucose-curve test before we gave him any insulin (and to confirm the dose was correct) - but this was not mentioned by my regular (down-to-earth) vet. After some lengthy discussion (and assurances from me that if there are any issues, I'll be straight back to the vets), the vet was happy for us to commence insulin but still wanted Ash back in 14 days for a glucose-curve test. Apparently, they keep your cat all day and do 2-hourly BG tests. Now, I could be completely wrong, but I would think they would just be using a glucose meter? Does anyone know? I asked the vet about doing home tests with a Blood Glucose Meter and he said "Oh no - Blood glucose testing is really something that needs to be done here in the clinic"....yet, I see numerous discussions about people doing it at home! So, having chatted to a couple of folks on the Facebook page, I immediately held off on giving Ash any insulin and raced into my local pharmacy and grabbed a Contour Next testing kit - We now religiously test Ash’s BG levels at least twice per day (before his Mixtard). I am also keeping a Google Sheets file of his numbers to share with our vet (that is, if they ever show any interest in us doing home BG tests). We started giving him Mixtard on the 2nd of August, and I try to run 4-hourly BG tests each day (some days we only manage 2x tests if we're out or busy with work), but I’ve even run some 2-hourly tests to do my own curve at home. Fast forward to now (11th of August), and we are feeling frustrated with our vet team! As our regular vet has been in the US on a conference, I had an appointment booked with him for this coming Monday to discuss us using Mixtard and what levels we are getting from our home BG testing - The clinic called me yesterday to say our regular vet is too busy with other dog-related procedures on Monday and can we just leave Ash at the vet all day for them to do a curve test instead? Roughly $350-400 for them to run this test, including hospitalisation (We’ve already spent about $700 in 2x vet visits, just on basic tests and meds!). Yet, I've been doing BG testing here at home, keeping results, and the Mixtard is not sustaining his levels beyond 6-8 hours (I was warned about on the Facebook group). This is precisely why I made the appointment with my preferred vet for Monday in the first place, so I could show him my results and discuss things further. I explained this to the vet nurse, but I cant help but get the impression they are not really interested in my home BG tests. I just kept being told that my home BG results will be completely different and they must run the curve test and then adjust his Mixtard dosage accordingly. (Hmmm, I sense a little bit of secret-vet-talk going on here). For now, I have declined to leave Ash with them to run a curve test until I can talk about the possibility of changing the insulin to Lantus, Levemir or ProZinc (as suggested on the Facebook group). So now our Monday appointment has been cancelled and we’ve been pushed back to next Thursday because we aren’t a priority (which will be exactly 14 days since we started Mixtard). Our vet is probably more involved with canine health and I'm suspecting they don't know much about feline diabetes and/or just don't want to listen to me. We’re in no means denying our boy veterinary care (in fact, the very opposite), and we are happy to do the curve test eventually (if needed), but I would prefer it was after he’s been changed over to a different drug and after we are seeing some consistent home BG results. Right now, I can’t help but be a bit disappointed about the whole scenario and very disappointed with our vets just telling me they must run all tests. From the patterns I’m seeing now, I can’t see how an increased dose of Mixtard is going to change the length of time that Ash's BG comes down. At the moment, his BG starts at 24 and comes down too around 11 at 4 hours post-Mixtard and his BG quickly starts climbing back up around 6-8hours post-Mixtard. At 12 hours, he’s back to where he was (and some days even higher). I fear a bigger dose will only make the peaks and troughs vary more. Maybe I'm wrong? So, is there any one here that can recommend a vet in Melbourne, Australia that is confident about dealing with feline diabetes please? Ideally, someone who I can talk frankly with! We are out near Berwick-way (South-East Suburbs of Melbourne), but are willing to travel. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I’ve already been referred to the Australian Diabetic Animals website, but just checking if there are other vets we should see first that folks here have seen and can recommend first-hand. On a side note - A huge thanks to the links and help I’ve had so far on the Facebook group. After watching YouTube videos about doing home BG tests and finding the sweet spot, the first day of BG testing was a learning curve, but now Ash knows he needs his tests and is brilliant to poke and prod! He now purrs the entire time during his BG tests and loves his little heat-sock that I made for his ear. We honestly think he appreciates his extra fuss and his insulin as he automatically goes into ‘loaf-mode’ and waits for his jab when it’s due. It must be making him feel better too, because roughly two hours later, the old boy starts getting frisky, racing through the house like a goofball and getting into mischief...just like he's a kitten again! Thanks for reading and again, sorry for the long post! Tracey.