Hello! My 13 year old cat was diagnosed with diabetes two days ago and I feel quite overwhelmed. She spent the night in an animal hospital where she was treated for low potassium levels and very high blood sugar levels. The next day her potassium levels were higher, and the blood sugar level went from 31 to 28 (this is still extremely high, isn't it?). My cat is staying at home for a week to see if she responds to a diabetic diet before we're returning to the vet to measure her potassium and blood sugar levels again. If her blood sugar level is still high, we have to consider to either start giving her insulin or letting her go. It's too optimistic to hope that her blood sugar level will go from 28 to under 8 just because of a diet, right? I'm currently 22 years old, a student and a part-time worker at a grocery store. My economy isn't very great but at the same time I don't have a mortgage, car or a child to support. Because I have a job, there is a possibility that I'm capable of managing the expenses that follow this illness. On the other side, I live in one of the most expensive countries in the world (Norway), and I paid approximately 800 dollars for the diagnose (several blood samples and a urine sample), overnight treatment and diabetic food for 1 week. I've read a lot about the diagnosis in the past couple of days and from what I understand, it's possible to treat this disease mainly on my own with only a few visits to the vet a year. I would be really happy if any of you shared your experience with home treatment, how many times you visit the vet in a year, monthly expenses etc. The economic aspect isn't really what worries me the most, it's the time aspect. As a student, I'm able to study at home for most of the time (except from when I have to go to lectures). Apart from that I am working late two times a week (from 3 PM to 11:30 PM), and so does my cohabitant. This is probably possible to change. We can work opposite days so he can take care of her when I'm at work and vice versa. At the same time, I'm worried he won't do it properly and just go out and have fun instead of staying in and treat the cat. I can't quit my job, since my student loan only cover my rent, phone bill, electricity and travel expenses. The thing i'm worried about is that this diagnosis is going to limit my spare time a lot. I'm very young and like to travel 2-3 times a year (to visit my parents in law who lives across the country) and be spontaneous. I don't really have anyone who is willing to help me doing the insulin injections and blood sugar measurements when I'm gone, and taking the cat with me is not an option, since she would be extremely stressed and I don't want her to experience that. From what I understand, this diagnosis is going to require a lot of planning and life changes for both her and myself. I'm wondering how a normal day looks like for a owner of a cat with diabetes? How often do you have to feed your cat, give insulin injections and measure the blood sugar levels? Is this very time consuming? Have you been able to travel since your cat got the diagnosis? I really don't know what to do.. Both my mom and my boyfriend want me to end her life since she's already quite old but it's extremely hard to let your best friend go when she's suffering from a condition that is treatable. Both choices are hard to make, since one of them will satisfy the people in my life and is what i feel society "expects" me to do, and the other will lead to me having more time with my beloved friend. What would you do if you were in my situation? In advance, thank you for reading this and hopefully responding I'm really glad there is a place where people who are in the same situation can discuss and share experiences. I hope everyone understand what I've written, even though english is not my mother tongue.