Our Trixie is a senior cat (13.5 yo) that was diagnosed on 12/18/17 with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Currently, we are only focusing on the diabetes and will address the kidney issues once we get the diabetes under control. She receive 2 units of Vetsulin twice a day. When we are successful at testing her BG (she hates it), we are using a ReliOn Prime meter. Her food has been all over the place and is my main concern at the moment. She has been a dry food, free-feed, kitty her whole life, up until this point. At the vets advice, we started her on Purina DM savory selects. I thought she would LOVE getting canned food, but she was just licking the gravy and not eating the meat. In an effort to make sure she was getting enough calories, the vet switched her to Royal Canin Glycobalance dry food on Friday, 12/22 (the other food she had readily available). The first few meals, she ate it right up, but then when we had company over on Christmas Eve, she was feeling shy and would not come out to eat. I mixed 1/3 can on Beyond, grain free, with the kibble bits and that was enticing enough for her to come eat. Now, if we try to go back to just the dry food, she isn't very interested in it. My vet seems to only be interested in feeding her Vet prescription food. From everything I have read, this does not seem necessary or even in her best interest. Do I try to change her mind or just ignore her dietary directives? How do I know what to feed her? If I am going to go against the advice of the professional on this, I'd really like to feel confident in what I am choosing, but I am so confused, it is ridiculous. I see a lot of comments about fancy feast classics ... is that much better for Trixie than the Purina DM or just less costly? Is the Beyond canned food also a good choice or inferior to the FF classic? The only reason we had the Beyond food available is because I wanted to test the texture of the pate type wet food before switching to the Purina DM original pate (which was the vets 1st choice, but unavailable in her office at the time). How do I know how much to feed her? The vet gave us a print out at her diagnosis appointment that said she needed to eat 315 calories a day to maintain her weight (11.6 lbs.), but then advised to only feed her 1 can of the Purina DM savory selects per day (171 calories). When I questioned the calorie deficit, she said we wanted Trixie to lose weight. When I asked what her ideal weight would be, she said 10.5 - 11.5 pounds. Feeding her only 54% of her required calorie intake seems like an extreme weight loss program to lose 1 lb. How often should we be trying to test her BG? So far, we haven't gotten any guidance on this from the vet other than to say we would do a glucose curve (at home) at some point. Trixie is NOT a social kitty. Her favorite place to be is upstairs and left alone. All of this pricking and poking and extra attention between the pricks and pokes, so she doesn't expect pain at every encounter, is causing her to spend more time under my son's bed than anywhere else... making it harder to do everything. Finally, I have seen some very fancy spreadsheets in the signatures of members here. Where so I find that? The one place I thought I had found it, only had broken links. Sorry for the long vent ... just a newbie feeling very overwhelmed with all of this new information and the niggling annoyance in the back of my head knowing that I will have to readjust everything eventually for her kidney issues.