Hello, I'm Las & my 5 1/2 year kitty Sierra ( her photo is my avatar ) was diagnosed as being diabetic last Sat 9/7/19. She had caught ringworm from a new kitten that decided to make us her new owners. I quarantined her for over 2 weeks & she didn't have any URI or other issues ( that we detected ). But after bringing her into our colony of house cats my husband got ringworm & so did several of our grown kitties. Sierra had it bad on both of her ears so I had her separated & could doctor her ears, which started looking much better. Before I could release her she stopped eating her treats & nightly canned cat food. So I kept her where I could monitor her eating, water intake & litter box usage. At 1st I could just place canned food onto the roof of her mouth & get her to eat & then she would sometimes eat some dry food. She seemed to get better & then had an episode of vomiting. Put her on Reglan ( for nausea ) then Ranitidine for her tummy, then Cyproheptadine to help stimulate her appetite ( which seemed to be helping ). Then last Friday an hour or so after getting all meds down ( gave Reglan 1st waited an hour, then gave Ranitidine & waited an hour the then the Cypro & waited 30 minutes then hand fed canned A/D ) which is what I had been doing twice a day all week long she threw everything up. That's when I called my vet & told them I was bringing her in. It was late 5:30 PM ( they close at 6PM ) & vet was already doing spay/neuter surgeries for cats from the shelter that had been adopted. So I had to leave her over night, they did blood work Sat AM & her blood sugar levels where high as well as her liver enzymes. They started her on IV's ( not sure Friday PM or Sat AM ) to flush her system. On Monday I went out to see her & speak with the vet as to what plan of action was. They had given her the Pet version of Insulin that AM & again in PM, her #'s where good Tuesday & Wed but this AM back up to 330. Gave another shot. On Tuesday when I went out to see her I was able to get her to eat about 1/2 of the canned food that they had in her cage & she seemed to be doing pretty well. I couldn't go out Wed but did Thursday & she seemed really dinged out. They had asked me to bring some of the food she normally ate to see if she was at all interested in it, so I took her Dry Cat Chow Indoor Formula & some Friskies treats but she just turned her head away when I offered them to her. I had also taken a larger syringe ( that I use for force feeding when need be ) with canned A/D. The vet wanted her to get some food down so I was finally able to get that down her ( just a bit at a time ). They where suppose to check her blood at 5 PM but there where swamped so I will not get those #'s till Friday afternoon. It about killed me seeing her looking so sad & miserable & I really need to know am I doing the right thing for her? I told the vet that I have my hands full ( 3 birds & 23 other cats & I husband that I care for 100% by myself & I'm no spring chicken any more ) that I was scared to bring her home if I couldn't fully give her the care/attention that she needs. The vet feels that if we can get her liver healing that she may not need to be on insulin at all, but for now it's going to be needed. But it scares the heck out of me, esp. not having a meter & checking her blood at home before doing any injections. I have been reading on the Cat/dog meters but am afraid it will be hard & $$ to get the supplies it requires. Seems many are just using human meters & doing okay monitoring like that! So basically I have a couple of questions! 1st how ill where some of your kitties when 1st diagnosed ( super ill having to stay at the vets for a week or more )? I just need to know if I'm making the right decisions for Sierra putting here thru all of this? And if we decided to go in for the long haul what testing meters & supplies do you all use? I watched 3 the U-Tube videos on getting blood from the ear & that looks pretty straight forward. I had to get over my fear of needles several years ago when I had to learn to give SQ fluids to kitties. So any advice you have ( esp. if you have had very ill kitties when they where 1st diagnosed & how you got thru that scary/stress filled time ). Thanks so much!