Why would my vet insist that I purchase a pet glucose monitor when many people say that a regular monitor is just fine even though the numbers are off? I am REALLY new to this, and I have no clue. My cat's name is Figit and he is 13 years old. He is fixed. Figit and I are waiting for his urine to come back to make sure there are no crystals. It will be back tomorrow. His blood came back today and his sugar was high (about 400) and his wbc count was up.. but he has a uti, so I expected that. I wasn't overly worried when the vet said he has diabetes when we went in yesterday, but since then, I have become overwhelmed. I work in the medical field and I have experience working with diabetics, so although it is not easy, I figured we could manage. I told the vet right away that I would be home testing, even before I knew that it aparently isn't the norm. I took him to one vet on Friday the 10th because there was blook in his urine. She gave him antibiotics for a uti and did nothing else. On Wednesday, there was more blood and it was in many puddles everywhere. Other than that, there was no change in Figit. I took him to the vet who I usually go to in emergencies and he did a full exam, took blood, tested his sugar, and told me he was diabetic. They sent me home with a urine collection cup and told me not to worry. Today I went to drop off the urine and recieved the results that I expected when I got there. The vet tech told me that they want to put him on Lantus and will call me to get dosages and discuss diet on Tuesday. I told the vet tech that I planned to get the human monitor and she said the dr would prefer an animal one for the blood curve tests. I can't afford to continue to bring him there for simple things I can do at home. He eats fancy feast, mostly chicken or turkey pate. He eats dry food from Purina one, which I have cut out. I also bought a bunch of 95% meat canned food with no additives at Petco, but it hasn't gone over well. He wants his dry food.. I got him another dry food that is low on the glycerin index just for now while he is transitioning off of dry food, but he doesn't seem to want much of any of it. He did well with it this morning, but this evening wasn't as great. What if his sugar was just high because we were at the vet? Is that possible? I guess my most important question regards the meter.. I am also worried because the Lantus is very expensive. I have looked into getting the coupons, and that will help, and an rxprescription discount card.. and I did look into the pens that are sold seperatly in some places, so that maybe it would be more affordable, but has anyone here used "recycled" lantus? I heard that even though the expiration says 28 days after opening, it can last much longer for cats so that left over lantus from humans can still be used. Is this true? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou!