Hi All, (Copied from introduction forum) My name is Steve and my wife Jo and I are the minions of 5 cats, one of whom, our 8 year old black cat Hodgson, has recently been diagnosed as Diabetic. We are no stranger to managing chronic conditions in cats (we’ve had 2 long term CKD kittiesin the past) but diabetes is new to us and we are a bit lost! His symptoms pre diagnosis were what I now know to be classic: weight loss, rabid thirst and hunger, poor coat and lethargic. He went from a weight of 6kg to 4.5kg in a remarkably short time so we took him to our vet who confirmed the diagnosis and started him off on a 1iu dose of Prozinc 12 hours apart at feeding times, and told us to bring him back in 3 weeks. We already feed all the cats wet food so the only change we made was to switch from free feeding to scheduled. All have taken to this well. We’re in the Uk and feed him 1.5 sachets of purina gourmet Perle twice a day. Almost immediately after starting the insulin we saw improvement, he lost the excessive interest in water, his coat came back into condition and he started to gain weight. At his 3 week check he had gained 300g but the vet said his numbers were still a little high so to up the dose to 2iu twice a day for another 3 weeks. Progress continued well and other than being a little thin, he was completely back to his old self. At the next checkup he’d gained another 300g, but his bloods had increased (450) rather than decreased so vet told us to up the dose again to 3iu twice a day. At this point I began to feel a little uneasy about the approach as I could not reconcile the weight gain with the need to increase, but our vet has been brilliant in the past so I went forward on faith. That was three weeks ago. Fast forward to todays appointment: Hodgson is looking and acting great and gained another 350g BUT his numbers have increased again (470) so vet tells my wife to reduce his food because overweight cats are harder to balance AND tells her to up his dose to 5iu twice a day. Alarm bells are now ringing. Unlike the CKD cats, I’ve tried to stay off the internet with the diabetes so far, as our vet was outstanding with that condition, and my own research caused as many problems as it solved, but after a google search earlier I’ve found myself here and realised there is a world of stuff I don’t know! From the little I’ve read 10iu daily is a serious dose. If he was losing weight, demanding water or acting lethargic I can see why this action may be necessary, but if you didn’t know he was diabetic you’d just see a normal happy cat. So my question is: help! I’m really not sure what to do next? Im thinking testing at home might be useful? As far as I know he’s never had a curve done, as the vet said a fructose (sp?) test gives a similar indication, and he absolutely hates the ride to the vets so is stressed when he gets there which I understand can affect the BG result? Thanks and sorry for long message!