So much info to take in! So much conflicting information! So, could use some advice! Background: Paws was diagnosed with diabetes on Monday, after having been lethargic all weekend. He had severe constipation, but his blood glucose was 482 so we discussed that it meant diabetes. He had also lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks (from 12.6 lbs to 10.5 lbs), which also indicates diabetes. They had to sedate him to flush the constipation (which was so stressful given his heart murmur), but he came out of the procedure just fine. Brought him home and rush-ordered insulin and new food. That evening, he was doing very poorly so we took him to the emergency vet, where they said his blood glucose was 524 and he was severely dehydrated. No ketones in the blood or urine, though. They kept him inpatient for a day and a half to treat him with fluids and insulin. Brought him home Wednesday afternoon, and started home insulin shots. So here are the questions: Insulin Shots: I've been noticing a band-aid-like smell on his back after I give him his shots. From what I've read on here, it sounds like that's the smell of insulin - so I'm likely giving him at least a partial fur shot. But he's not at all wet after the shot, I'm sure I'm getting it inside his skin, and I'm not pulling the syringe out early. What am I doing wrong? Or is that just to be expected? Food: Our vet recommended switching to DM. But the emergency vet said his kidney levels were elevated which would mean potential early kidney disease, and the DM would be bad for that. Before the diagnosis, we had been giving them Royal Canin selected protein PV or PR dry food (because Smokey, our other cat, has food allergies), supplemented by a 5.5oz can of Weruva BFF wet food shared between them every day. We've discontinued the dry food, and have since been giving them two cans each of BFF per day, since from what I've read it seems like it's a good balance of protein and fat, with low phosphates and carbs. But I'm at a loss as to what to do long-term, because it's expensive, and also particularly because Smokey has the food allergy issue. Obviously we need to find out about the kidney levels since apparently elevated kidney levels could just be dehydration - they're going in for complete tests on Monday. But otherwise, any suggestions? Snacks: They're used to grazing all day. So this twice-a-day feeding schedule is not making them happy, and Paws gets sick (just clear stomach fluid) if he hasn't eaten in too long. How critical is it that they only eat when Paws is given the insulin? Or is it okay if they eat most of the food then, but then continue to graze on it for a couple hours? Excessive Urination: We've noticed Paws is still urinating a LOT. I'm assuming that's just because the diabetes isn't yet under control? Glucose Levels: While getting the meter all set up, in addition to testing Paws, just for kicks I tested myself and Smokey. We got the OneTouch Ultra2 meter. Paws's test at +4 was 284 - so still some work to do there; we're going to do a full curve at Thanksgiving. But Smokey's test was 49. He's never had any blood sugar issues, and he's behaving just fine... but even so, that's awful low, right? Should we be concerned? Thanks in advance!