Hi. I am brand-new to this forum. My cat started showing signs of illness about two or three weeks ago as soon as I noticed some of the symptoms I took him to his regular vet he was diagnosed with diabetes. The vet specializes in taking care of cats, supposedly. I paid a very high amount of money for care but the vet only did some testing and me and the cat were at the office for approximately an hour or two. I then was told by the vet that the cat has diabetes and to essentially change his diet. I did exactly as the vet had instructed and I figured it would take a few days for the symptoms to begin to get better. Unfortunately the symptoms became worse and worse as each day progressed I then decided along with my family to take the cat to new vet for a second opinion. It should be noted that the initial symptoms my cat was having was extreme thirst and frequent urination he also was kind of lethargic kind of weak and would just lie down on the floor in any spot. I then took him to another vet who looked at the blood work and other testing that had been done at the first vets office. The second vet said yes your cat seems to have diabetes, and he himself performed some sort of blood test that looks at certain things. He stated that the cat would need to be hospitalized for a few days and that the cat needed insulin and they would regulate his blood sugar hydrate him etc. Yesterday they called and told me to come in and take the cat home . prior to leaving the vet clinic I was shown how to administer the insulin shots twice per day I took the cat home thinking that he was essentially better and that with the insulin they told me that his previous symptoms would be much better due to the fact he was now getting insulin. Last night he was extremely lethargic and I noticed a new problem aside from the thirst and urination. It seems the cat has severe constipation. He tries and tries to defecate but is completely unable to. His abdomen is getting somewhat swollen . I had noticed this prior to bringing him to the second vet and I mentioned it to them, but apparently they did not do any sort of testing or exam that would focus on any abdominal or intestinal problems. Today, what is extremely worrying is the cats symptoms. He is extremely lethargic and and many times does not have the strength to make it to his litter box, so he urinates literally in the spot where he is lying on the ground and his fur gets soaked with urine he has done this numerous times throughout the day. So he is having extreme tiredness , urinating on himself has a sort of swollen abdomen, is not able to defecate. He just seems extremely weak. And as mentioned he is essentially urinating pretty much wherever he is lying down and the urine of course gets all over his fur. When he does try to get up and walk it seems his hind legs are dragging. I contacted the vets office of course when I saw that he was not getting better but instead getting worse as today progressed. Their office is closed for the weekend but there apparently is a technician that stays there to take care of the animals that are currently in the hospital . Instead of telling me to bring him back and they will admit him back into the hospital and see what's going on, she the tech, told me to take him to some sort of animal emergency hospital. Either that or she said to just wait it out and bring him into their clinic on Monday morning at 9 AM. I have spent in the last week or so about $2000 for my cat to get vet care, and nothing that they have done has helped my gorgeous Manx cat. He has been with me his entire life, he is 15 years old. I am at this time struggling with what to do. I do not know if his situation is just old age. But I do know that there are some specific medical issues going on and I am thinking that if he was just given the correct care he would be back to his self in no time. On the other hand I do not know if his condition is so serious such that he should be euthanized. So I am extremely stressed and very worried about my cat but what is the worst part is I have bought him to two vets in the past week or so spent over two Thousand dollars trying to get the cat the best care possible, and it seems that he is just getting worse. I want to take him to an animal hospital, but that will cost me literally another $2000 for them to tell me a we can help with the animal and keep him alive and healthy for several more years which would be worth it for me, or they're going to take another $2000 and tell me that the cat needs to be put to sleep. I am just hoping that someone on this forum may be familiar with some of the symptoms my cat is exhibiting and maybe able to advise me as to how to best help my cat in this situation. It is just very frustrating that I have spent a pretty large amount of money on an elderly cat and even with the care and such and the insulin, my cat seems to be still extremely ill. Perhaps the vets that I bought cat to did not do right by my cat or myself. The vets are all highly regarded in this area. It's just very frustrating that they can mistreat or misdiagnose a beloved pet and there is no recourse. I suppose I am going to have to take him to a hospital and spend yet thousands of dollars more with no guarantee whatsoever that they will get him feeling better and get his symptoms under control. Has anyone ever had a cat with these type of symptoms and do you guys think it may be possible that with the correct care from a vet my cat could be helped and made to feel better with the proper care? I apologize for such a long post but I am just beside myself trying to figure out the best course of action. I love my cat tremendously.