Hello! Sox was recently diagnosed with Diabetes, in November, and in the past 2 months we have had tremendous difficulty caring for him (My boyfriend and I both care for him). Since this is my first post I thought I would give a rundown of his history leading up to now. Sox is 14 yo, and weighs 12 lbs. He has asthma which was treated with steroids for a year leading up to his diagnosis of diabetes. He now has untreated asthma and his asthma attacks often cause him to throw up (as a cat he has always thrown up a lot for many years). Let me start by saying that the vet we have been taking Sox to has been extremely unhelpful and that we are currently looking for a new vet. When he was first diagnosed he went to the vet all day for 3 days in a row to start his insulin and get blood tests, etc. When he came home he was on 3 units of vetsulin, twice daily. At the time we had no idea we could even test him at home and were totally in the dark about everything. Our vet told us next to nothing other than giving us syringes and insulin, showing us how to administer, and sending him home. (also he was very condescending and would hardly answer our questions) They asked to have him back each week for one BG test and to adjust his dose if necessary. Every time he went back his reading was high, over 400, and the vet suggested increasing the dose by one unit. At the end of the month he was already on 6 units. I should also add that Sox really gets stressed by the vet. So much that when I would pick him up to put him in his crate he would piss himself. At the vet every time they drew blood for tests he would literally **** himself out of fear. At this point I was skeptical, and sick of dragging him to the vet for torture. After doing a little research realized that we needed an at home testing kit, and that stress really affects their BG. So we got the AlphaTrak2. Even then we didn't know how often to test. We tested once 6 hours after his dose and his BG was 212. We were pretty happy with that since his vet recommended his BG be between 200-250 in that timeframe and thought his dose was fine. On 12/28 he had been on 6 units of vetsulin twice daily for 3 weeks, and he seemed to be responding well. However we still weren't testing him regularly. That night he started vomiting A LOT. We had already given his insulin, and an hour after the dose his reading was 284. The next day we made the mistake of not testing him. He had stopped vomiting and was eating again. He got his dose as usual in the morning, but was lethargic all day. Usually he gets up to bother me for food multiple times a day, but he slept all day. I was a little worried, but later that night he got up and ate as usual so we gave him his insulin which was a huge mistake. He receive 6 units as usual at 9:00 pm, and by 11:50 his BG was 44. He was so lethargic he couldn't get up for food, which never happened before. We rubbed some corn syrup on his gums and got him to eat a little before we took him to the emergency vet. He stabilized at the vet, but couldn't even receive a full exam because he was so aggressive. He had to be muzzled, which I have never seen a vet do for a cat. (at home we can poke him with needles without issue) We brought him home the next day with orders to not give any insulin, and since then we have been testing him regularly. The vet told us to not give him insulin unless his levels rose above 500, and to lower the dose to 3 units. He has been recovering well, but his levels have been pretty high. A couple days ago his BG was at 503, and we decided to give him insulin that night, only 1 unit. This was at night. Two hours after his dose his BG was 292, and in the morning, over 12 hours after his dose, it was 75! This didn't make any sense to me. Obviously I skipped his morning dose, and decided to wait to start insulin again when I was home during the day. I just started his insulin again today with 1 unit, with plans to adjust more gradually. Here's a timeline breakdown with he BG levels: 12/28 10:47 pm 284 6 units at 9:15 pm (vomited several times) 12/29 11:49 pm 44 6 units at 9:00 pm 12/30 9:00 am 134 home from vet, no insulin being given 12/30 1:00 pm 98 12/30 4:00 pm 125 12/30 8:00 pm 238 12/30 12:00 am 386 12/31 12:00 pm 336 12/31 9:30 pm 457 - I'll skip some tests here, for this week his levels ranged from 370 to 500 at various points in the day- 1/7 6:00 pm 503 1/7 8:30 pm (no BG reading) 1 unit of vetsulin given 1/7 10:45 pm 292 1/8 9:25 am 75 no insulin given since last dose the night before! 1/8 12:00 pm 233 1/8 6:00 pm 354 1/9 9:15 am 398 1 unit of vetsulin given after BG reading 1/9 11:30 am 449 1/9 1:30 pm 291 As you can see I've been getting some pretty weird results, he was almost hypoglycemic 12 hours after an injection yesterday morning, and today his BG went up after an injection. Also forgot to add he eats Science Diet canned food, which I realized after some research is way too high in carbohydrates for him so we will have to switch to a lower carb canned food soon. I'm pulling my hair out with frustration at this point, and none of this is making sense even though I've been researching more. Sorry for the extremely lengthy post but I wanted to be as thorough as possible. I really hope I can get some advice because this has been such a struggle. I'm starting my second semester of grad school in a few weeks and with my boyfriend working full time I really hope to find a better balance by then!