I apologise in advance, as this post will be a long one. Little B started insulin about 2 months ago and it went well to begin with, despite it feeling very unnatural to be sticking a needle into him (it still does). Then I began to struggle with my technique and Little B was reacting as though the injections were hurting him every time. Therefore when we next saw the vet, I had her go over the whole process again and I also watched a few videos on youtube. I realised that I probably wasn't getting hold of enough skin nor was I placing the syringe in the centre of the dent/hollow that's created. So after a few more hiccups, it all seemed to finally click and we had a good run of injections without him getting upset at all. Then about two weeks ago, it changed again. I found it much more difficult to get right, especially as the fur had grown back on the shaved patch (his fur is black). I struggle to pick up enough skin at times and it doesn't seem to be easy to get hold of at all (I gently practised lifting the skin on my other boy Merlin and it was fairly easy in comparison). Even when I do manage to lift his skin, there often appears to be no dent/hollow and I have to let go and try again. As it is, the process is rather lengthy as I can only attempt to inject him if he's relaxed with his legs tucked under his body. If he's sat up or standing, his skin is too tight to pick up. I make sure that the bevel is the right way up and I do try to rotate where I give the injections but he appears to be quite sensitive on both the left and right sides of his shoulder area so that doesn't help. I just don't know why I am struggling to maintain consistency with them. One day it can be fine, the other not and when he makes those awful noises when I slide the needle in and then another when I press the plunger down... Anyone who's ever accidently hurt their cat knows how horrible that can make you feel, so imagine having that constantly and always feeling like a terrible person. Much like the home testing did, it has really begun to affect our bond and he doesn't trust me as much at the moment as he usually does. I am frequently left in floods of tears afterwards as I feel unbelievably awful that I've hurt him yet again. He's due for his evening injection now and my anxiety is through the roof at the moment (edited to say that I managed to give him his injection tonight without incident. It was given at the bottom of the injection area where it doesn't seem to bother him even though he's had a fair few there). So what am I doing wrong? Has anyone else had the same issue with injections and also sensitivity and if so, how did you resolve it? How can I rotate his injections if certain areas seem to be a no go? Why do I struggle to pick up enough skin and why can't I always get the dent/hollow that I need? Am I pushing the needle in too slow or too fast and that's why it hurts? Any and all opinions, theories, advice and tips are welcome. Given the ongoing struggle that we have with home testing (which is well documented on here), I really wanted to make sure that the injections at least were as pain and stress free as possible so it's heartbreaking that I'm not managing that so far. P.S. On a completely seperate but more positive note, Little B had his 3rd blood curve done on Friday (data has been added to his spreadsheet) and he got his first two blues! He was 8.4 mmol/L at +7 and 10.3 at +9.5 (curve done on a pet meter). Given that he was consistently testing in the 20s at the start, it was wonderful to finally see some real change for the better.