My cat was diagnosed with diabetes 5 days ago and spent 2 days at the vet (specialist cat clinic - have good handouts and publications on feline diabetes but the actual vets on call don't seem that knowledgeable). He was commenced on insulin (Lantus). He is a burmilla (half burmese) and 14 years old. He has always been in excellent health, is an indoors cat and has 6 monthly check-ups and annual blood checks since age 10. His bloods 3 months ago were normal. He weighed 11.5 pounds at diagnosis (lost 1 pound prior to diagnosis). He is now eating 1/4 tin Hills m/d diet morning and night and 1/4 cup Royal Canin diabetic dry food (we are in Australia). That is probably about the same volume as what he ate before, just different formulation and the wet food was once a day. Monitoring - The vet said I could do it 4 times a day, although advised twice a day, before dosing. I have a sliding scale to adjust his insulin depending on his reading. Results so far: Yesterday 0700 BSL >500 Given 4 units (increased from 3.5 units) Ate 1/4 tin cat food 1100 BSL 363 1500 Husband couldn't get BSL and I was out 1900 BSL 165 Given 4 units Ate 1/4 tin cat food Today 0700 BSL 229 Given 4 units Ate 1/4 tin cat food 1100 BSL 373 Ate nothing 1500 BSL 483 Hungry after this. Ate dry food. I myself have been on insulin before, so know the drill for humans and am going ok with the glucose monitoring and insulin shots. However I am worried about 2 things: 1. High BSL: His sugars are still very high most of the time and he doesn't seem himself. No vomiting but just weak and unsteady. Am I being too impatient with the sugars? Maybe I just need to wait longer. It seems to be a slow process. 2. Food: Because his sugars are high, he is wanting to eat more. He is losing weight. But if he eats more, his sugars will be worse! What should I do about that? Can I feed him something like fresh meat that won't contain carbs? The tinned food looks like is full of non-natural things and I would guess that the dry food would have to be higher carbohydrate by its very nature? I am calling the vet daily to report his sugars. They seem to be consulting their sliding scale for dosing and are not too worried. I am taking him in tomorrow for another review. I guess I am worried too, as I have to take kids to school and work a few days a week. I have organised my parents to "cat sit" when I am not here but they won't be able to check his sugars. Just watch for signs of hypos I guess. We go overseas for a month-long holiday in 3 weeks and I have just arranged for him to board at the vet's, which he will hate. (I think they were relieved to send him home - he doesn't like the vets...). Thank you for any comments, I have spent quite a few hours reading the boards (such a great resource!) and am starting to get my head around things.