I have not been on this board much in recent years. It was a godsend when my two cats, Mac and Owen were first diagnosed with diabetes almost 6 years ago. Since that time - at least up until a week or so ago - both cats have done amazingly well, and were well controlled with diet alone. Back then, I learned that I had most likely caused their diabetes, through feeding them incorrectly, and felt horrible about it - but very lucky that they both "recovered" and did fine without needing insulin. Fast forward to this past week, when Owen started to lose weight. My husband, who normally works from home, was traveling for business and thus was not around to feed the cats' usual midday lunch. I noticed that Owen looked thinner, and chalked it up to his missed meal. DH got home on Thursday, and we resumed the normal feeding schedule, but Owen didn't improve. Yesterday, he was acting kind of punky, not eating as well, and I figured I would take him to the vet first thing Monday. Huge mistake. By this morning, Owen was clearly unwell. I took him to the animal emergency clinic and was told he is extremely ill. He is on IV fluids as he was severely dehydrated, and they are hoping to get him stabilized enough to start some insulin to get his blood sugar down, as it is over 1000. He is in kidney failure and has pancreatitis. The bottom line is, I failed to understand how sick he was getting and waited way too long to get him to a vet. I am beside myself and cannot stop crying; he is my responsibility and I have failed him miserably. Now I am sitting here hoping he gets through this crisis and that I can manage to take care of him better if and when he gets to come home. (The vet indicated he will be hospitalized for some time, though tomorrow I will have to transfer him from the emergency clinic to the regular vet hospital, something that scares me senseless since the regular vet hospital is not monitored overnight.) If you can spare a kind thought for my precious boy, I would really appreciate it. He is the sweetest cat imaginable and deserved a better mom than he got.