Hi All, I'm Scott from Canada. My little girl Simone (13yr old Siamese) was diagnosed with diabetes the beginning of February this year, though it probably started sometime in January, maybe earlier. I thought I'd vent a little as it seems that my little one is not really responding well to the insulin (in my opinion) and the cost of all the testing and supplies has been a bit of a financial burden at this point and time, but I'm not the only one and you do for your little ones what you can. It all started a week before Christmas last year when she was diagnosed with Pancreatitis (or so the vet said) which was causing her to have loose stools and losing weight. The blood panel and fecal smear all pointed to Pancreatitis. Her Thyroid, Glucose, and other levels were all normal for a cat her age and the smear was negative for any and all bacteria and what not. Multiple antibiotics, both vet injected and oral at home, were given for 2 weeks which seemed to help. Around the 16th of January the loose stools returned and she was given another course of antibiotics on the 23rd. This again helped a little with the stool issue though I noticed her urinating and drinking more. Thinking it could be a side effect of the medication I kept an eye on it but that's all. It wasn't until I was getting a slight sweet smell from the litter box that I knew something was still wrong, so back to the vet she went for more blood work and urine testing. The blood work and urine test showed really high glucose levels, though the good news was that her kidney levels were good. At least at that time, who knows now. Simone has been on Lantus insulin (SoloSTAR pen) and Royal Canin diabetic dry since February 6th. She has also been getting 2ml of Potassium every day too. The vet started her at 1 dose twice a day and 2/3 cup of food in the AM and PM. Nothing at noon. The reason for the dry food is that this little thing down right refuses to eat any canned food or any of my cooking (tells you something right there), but she does love her chicken and roast beef deli, LOL. Just this past week she was at the vet for her 1 week glucose curve test and that didn't show any promise. She refused to eat any food while at the vet, the blood samples were hard to get through her ear and the results of the curve were like she was never on any insulin. The vet has since increased her dose to 2 in both the AM and PM but the little thing is still drinking a lot of water and urinating a dozen times or more a day and I'm worried for her. I bought a glucose monitor, strips, etc today in the hopes of trying to see what her BS levels are at various times throughout the day here at home. After reading and testing the supplies on myself I tried to get a blood sample from her ear but that was a total disaster and she bit me, the poor thing. With the insulin not seeming to be working and the botched blood test it stressed me right out to the point that I almost took her outside in the hopes that she would take off scared and I wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of her or the cost anymore. I hit a real low as she is my only family and I was ready to give up on her, which is why I came to the forum for help and guidance. I've been reading various threads on the forum to try and educate myself and tomorrow I am going to try and get some blood from one of her back paws. Hopefully that will go a little smoother. Thanks for reading.