I'm Lyss, my cat is Pan. He was diagnosed about two weeks ago, after we thought he had some dental issues. I'm actually very familiar with diabetes as my brother has been type 1 for about 20 years. We have a wonderful clinic with amazing staff, and Pan has some mild health issues aside from diabetes we are managing. He had bladder crystals when he was about a year old, and had been on a low magnesium diet ever since. I realize now his food probably caused (or played a big part) in him becoming diabetic after looking at the label when he was diagnosed. He has some dental issues, nothing serious, gingivitis and significant plaque and tartar build up before his cleaning two weeks ago. He also has some form of an anxiety disorder, which has improved greatly in the past few years, it's now only a problem when strangers are around or he is put in his carrier to go to the vet. His BG was over 500 at his last visit, we started him on 1 unit of Vetsulin twice a day. We discussed food options, as I've been wanting to put him on a more natural diet for years, but needed some guidance for his bladder crystals and keeping that in check. So my vet had me check some food labels and gave me some numbers to check. He wants him on a mix of dry and wet because while diabetic cats need the moisture, he's against me removing dry food completely for the sake of his teeth. So we settled on blue wilderness Denali kibble and the red meat feast for wet. Currently it's a 50/50 mix by calories, but I'm considering going 75/25 wet to dry depending on his curve results on Tuesday and the vets blessing. All wet for one meal and half and half for the other. The shots have been a tough adjustment for me, I hate stabbing my baby. And he is my baby. I got him when he was six weeks old, snuck him into my mother's house and hid him for a week before letting her know. We're super bonded, his favorite place is anywhere he can feel my heartbeat. So needless to say I hate to hurt him. But we're getting better. We have a bit of a routine now and sometimes he's a very willing participant, sometimes I have to chase him a bit to get him to come over for his shot. We aren't currently testing his sugar at home. I know the importance, but also with his anxiety issues I want to keep the changes slow so it doesn't freak him out extra. He gets Xanax before going to the vet so I'm not too concerned about stress elevating his levels and skewing results. I'm also concerned about doing it. I'm very confident I can prick him, but zero confident I can get the blood on the strip after as he will just run from the click of the lancet pen. It always freaked him out when we lived at home and my brother checked his sugar so I don't have high hopes of home testing right now. Hopefully that changes soon.