Back in October a friend brought me a 4 or 5 year old cat that no longer had a home and was to be put out on the street. Tabitha is declawed (front paws) and had been living in a single cat (pet) home. At the time I had two adult cats – one adopted and one fostered but they are both mellow cats. I have some social issues with her – it doesn’t take much stimulation (petting) before she bites. I just thought it was due to her being declawed. Tabitha wouldn’t eat at first and I was finally able to get her to eat dried food – Friskies or Meow Mix. She was a “kitty bump” (hiding in the bed covers) in the cat room that I have set up even though they have access to the whole house. Mid December a friend found a one month old kitten so I took her in to foster until she could be adopted. (I working on that right now) Since Tabitha spends her time in the cat room I didn’t realize until the Christmas break that she hadn’t been grooming, lost weight and was grinding her teeth when she ate. I did know that she was a slow eater and drank a lot of water. I took her to the vet on January 5th and then on Friday I got “the call” that she is diabetic. This past week I have been doing research on everything from home testing, giving shots and finding the insulin and testing equipment at a reasonable price. I have started converting Tabitha over to a wet diet - Mixing her dry with Authority (on sale) pate. So far it’s been better than I thought. The vet will be giving her Lantus and I have already purchased the Walmart ReliOn Micro meter…. The question that I have right now, and haven’t asked the vet yet, is since I’ve already started the new food when should we start the insulin and testing? This is the first time I have joined a Forum but I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel and researching everything I can so I feel like am doing the right thing. Tabitha’s life is important and I’m going to work my hardest on getting her to remission.