Hello everyone, On Friday the 13th (coincidence?) my sweet boy, Smudges, was diagnosed diabetes and my little girl, Nibbs, was diagnosed with kidney disease. Smudges will be 14 years old on March 25 that I plan on celebrating with him. Needless to say, this diagnosis was unexpected and has brought a lot of fear, anxiety and tears for me. I've lost 3 kitties to kidney disease and had to say goodbye to my little Lexi last fall due to cancer. I'm still grieving their loss so I'm feeling overwhelmed and defeated right now. I've spent a lot of time on this website trying to educate myself about diet, insulin, hypo/hyperglycemia, home testing, etc. I want to do what is best for my kids and it is obvious that the people here are caring, compassionate and kind. I have much to learn! All of the acronyms and information has my head spinning and I think the vet's office is sick of hearing from me. Smudges' BG was 455 on 2/13. He also has some weakness in the hind legs (possibly neuropathy?) He is a kibble eater and does not react well to wet food. I've been working on the switch for the past week. Sometimes his stomach tolerates it--sometimes not. It's going to be a challenge switching over completely and my kitties have completely opposite nutritional needs to compound the issue. He's been on 2 units of Lantus 2x/day for 1 week. After reading the posts here, I'm completely freaked out by the possibility of shooting blind. My vet recommended having a curve done after two weeks on insulin, saying that it takes awhile for the cat's system to adjust to the insulin and change in food. After posting this thread I'm heading to Walmart to buy the necessary supplies for home testing and buy some different wet foods to try. Smudges had been tolerating FF classic chicken and Wellness Chicken & Herring fairly well until last night. He vomited most of his dinner and started vocalizing nonstop at about 8:30 pm. He was obviously uncomfortable and agitated. I offered him more of the FF and he just gorged himself as if he were starving. I have never seen him eat like that before. Was he experiencing hypoglycemia? I have no idea but he was obviously not feeling well and it scared the daylights out of me. I didn't know if he needed Karo or if that would compound the problem but I put a little in his mouth. After eating, he settled down considerably but wanted to sleep by himself and be left alone. I woke up this morning with him cuddled by my side and he seemed back to normal and happy. I offered him the same wet food but he refused to eat any of it so I could not give him any insulin as scheduled. A couple of hours later he ate some kibble (Hills c/d) which is not low carb but that is all he would eat. As of now, he is still refusing the wet food so I am forced to continue with the kibble until I find a low carb wet food he will eat. I plan to buy some additional FF flavors today. I have so many questions. For now, the big ones to me are: 1) Is is appropriate to wait 2 weeks after starting insulin before doing a curve test? 2) If I am unable to get blood while doing a home test, am I putting Smudges at risk at 2 units/2x day of Lantus for another week when his curve test is scheduled? According to multiple vets, it is completely appropriate to wait 2 weeks as they feel his body needs this time to adjust to the insulin. I'm scared to death that something is going to happen and I will not know what to do other than rush him to emergency. I welcome any advice about how to proceed. Thank you all for being such devoted caregivers!