Hi everyone, I am here because of my cat Snaebo, a 9 year old female shorthair tortie. She was named Snowball when we got her, after we mispronounced her name a few times it stuck. Now she's Snaebo. We have 4 other cats in the house besides Snaebo. She was just diagnosed yesterday with diabetes. My husband and I took her to the vet because of weight loss, increased drinking, and increased urination. In the last 3 days she had developed weakness in her hind legs. When we got her to the vet her blood glucose was 427 After an overnight stay at the vet, she's now home and hiding under the couch. Her bg was 94 this afternoon when we picked her up. She needs to eat but I don't want to drag her out. The vet ordered 2 units twice a day and 1/2 cup of Purina DM twice a day, but says I don't need to check her sugar at home. He wants me to bring her back in tomorrow (I'll get charged for an office visit) and again in one week. Any ideas on why the vet would rather me stress her out by bringing her back in rather than just checking her myself at home? I have so many questions, and even though I'm an RN in real life I'm a bit overwhelmed with this diagnosis. The cats have always had a "community" food bowl. Going to five separate bowls wouldn't be so bad if I had some idea of how to keep her from eating their food during the day. My husband and I both work 8-4. I'd like to leave out food/treats for everyone to snack on during the day as that seems like a long time to go without eating, but I have no idea how to keep Snaebo out of the regular food and the other cats out of her diabetic food. I just can't afford to feed them all diabetic food. Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated!