The Critical Importance of Home-Testing, Even with the First Shot: Chewy (be forewarned, this is very sad) and Baby The top portion of this post offers a "Table of Contents" of where to find commonly needed information from the Yellow-boxed stickies at the top of the Lantus/Levemir Insulin Support Group. The second portion of this post contains links that are often referred to, but that are not contained in the stickies. From the Yellow-Boxed Stickies: The Basics: New to the Group? Start Here: ...Treating a Hypo ...Daily threads & posting ...Create a spreadsheet ...Convert from mmol to mg ...FDMB FAQ's, including definition of regulation ...Feeding your diabetic cat, low carb treats, body condition score (how fat is your cat?), food lists ...Glucose Meters & spot checks ...Curves on Lantus & Levemir, understanding the tests you get ...Links to Tight Regulation Protocol and Start Low Go Slow approach ...Single topic posts ------Making the Most of Your Lantus/Lev Insulin Support Group ------Suggestions for Advice-Givers ------American Association of Feline Practitioners ------Health Links/FAQs about Feline Diabetes ------Hometesting Links and Tricks, Dosing with Calipers, Preventing Overdoses ------Using Food to Manipulate the Curve ------Feeding lowest/zero carb versus low carb ------Feed Kitty as Much as S/he Wants? ------How much should I feed? Feline Calorie Counter ------Suggestions on How to Stimulate Kitty's Appetite ------Should I Increase the Dose? ------New Dose Wonkiness, Bouncing, Failed Reductions ------Reminder: Earning Reductions and Starting OTJ Trials ------Reminder: Counting Cycles ------How Low is Too Low? ------Tight Regulation Protocol, Myths Debunked ------Cat on a Pogo Stick - Increase, Maintain or Lower the Dose to Stop Bouncing ------Feline Diabetes & Glucose Toxicity ------Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA); Oldtimer Alex Update & Ketone Awareness ------Dental Procedures ------A Primer on Pancreatitis ------Chronic Kidney Disease ------Vaccinations ------Acromegaly & Insulin Resistance Information ------2010 Special Report from AAHA: Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs & Cats ------2014 ~ 39th Congress of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) ~~~~~~~~~~Which Insulin in Cats - p 156 ~~~~~~~~~~Management and Monitoring of the Diabetic Cat - p 160 ~~~~~~~~~~Feline Diabetes - p 229 ~~~~~~~~~~Diabetes Mellitus and Quality of Life - p 730 ~~~~~~~~~~Acromegaly in Cats – p 733 ~~~~~~~~~~Insulin Resistance – p 737 (description of mechanisms of resistance on p 738 under heading Pet) ~~~~~~~~~~Medical and Nutritional Management of Diabetes Mellitus – p 739 (description on p 741 of glucose toxicity and lipotoxicity) ------French Fry's FD Library ------Where Can I Find? ------OTJ Party Videos Lantus & Levemir - Syringe and Insulin Info, Handling, Drawing and Fine Doses ...Lantus & Levemir, what's the difference? ...Purchasing Lantus & Levemir ...How to handle the insulin & draw a dose ...Syringes, prefilling, testing on accuracy of markings ...Diluting Insulin ...How to know when your insulin is no longer effective, how long should it last? ...Syringes ...Video on how to draw Lantus or Levemir from a pen/cartridge or vial (made by julie & punkin) ...Pictorial guide to small doses ...Giving insulin injections; photos showing shot placement Lantus & Levemir - What is the Insulin Depot? ...What is the Insulin Depot? ...Lantus & Levemir, what's the difference? ...Carryover & Overlap Start Low Go Slow Method (SLGS) ...Treating a Hypo ...Requisites for following SLGS ...Guidelines on Dosing - starting, increasing, decreasing a dose ...Shooting and Handling Low Numbers ...Remission, Relapse of cats in remission ...Understanding the action of your insulin Tight Regulation Protocol: ...Links for dealing with hypos ...Links to the various versions of the Rand/Roomp Dosing Protocol for Lantus & Levemir users ~~~~AlphaTrak users can find their meters referenced on page 4 of the 2013 PDF that you must download entitled "Management of Diabetic Cats Using Long-Lasting Insulins," by Rand, located on the TR Protocol page linked above. ...Requisites for following the Tight Regulation Protocol ...Weight Based formula & calculator for initial Lantus dose ...How often to test when you start your cat on insulin ...When to increase, hold or decrease a dose ...Remission, link to study about cats in remission and impaired responses to glucose Lantus & Levemir - Tight Regulation Protocol: Shooting & Handling Low Numbers ...Links to dealing with a hypo ...Becoming Data Ready to Shoot Low Numbers ...How to Deal with Low Preshot Numbers ...Don't Panic! or How to Handle Low Numbers Is Tight Regulation Possible With a Full-Time Job? Yes! It's recommended that all new members should begin with the posts listed above. The yellow-boxed stickies contain the fundamentals to learn how to use Lantus and Levemir with your diabetic cat. From the Announcements: Suggestions for Advice-Givers After learning the basics, you may have additional questions that aren't addressed in the stickies above. The posts below are from the bookmark collections of Amy & Trixie, Dyana & JD, Julie & Punkin, Marje & Gracie, Sandy & BK, Sienne & Gabby and Wendy & Neko. We compiled the best of our bookmarked posts that often explain more about what is in the stickies and apply the information to particular cats and situations. As with everything on this site, the discussions are by lay people, not veterinarians, except for some posts by Dr. Lisa, who is a vet. Overall, we thought they offer interesting discussions and opportunities to learn a little more about feline diabetes. If you have questions about something contained in the posts below, please open a new thread (condo) and ask how (or IF) it applies to your cat rather than bumping up these posts below. A Collection of Interesting Past FDMB Posts: Reflections on having a diabetic cat: A Break Up Letter to D'Artagnon's Diabetes A Tribute to FDMB from Genghis Gabby's Tribute Starting out with a diabetic cat: A New Member's Advice to Other New Members Updated Tips for New Members Counting Cycles Dawn Phenomenon Expectations, Why You Should Manage Expectations Pet Specific Glucometers, discussions about pet meters vs human meters: Applying Dosing Guidelines from SLGS and Tight Reg Protocol to pet glucometer numbers: spreadsheet conversions: Pet Meter to human glucometer spreadsheet and AT/Merck value spreadsheet ; Low numbers on pet glucometers Lantus, repackaged by Wedgewood Pharmacy Reductions and starting OTJ Trials Shooting Schedule, getting back on time Somogyi, latest research disproving its existence: ; Somogyi, Bouncing, Overdosing, Charlie Spreadsheets: Whole Cat Report and Spreadsheets, Spreadsheets - Jigsaw Puzzle Analogy, Coleman: Adding a new year to the ss Testing & Shooting Tips: here and here ; Dosing with Calipers; Preventing Overdoses, Marking Vacation Doses; Syringes in Australi: ....You get them from Hyperdrug UK: https://www.hyperdrug.co.uk/ and these are the syringes you get: BD Microfine Insulin Syringes 0.3 ml Item Number: BDMICROFINE03ML, webcode D7118. They take about a week or so to get to Australia. Food is important: Two different lists from CatInfo.org, sortable depending on what you need: .....Food list - sort by components, .....Cat Info (protein, fat, carb, phosphorus chart updated spring 2017) and Cat Nutrition Dry Food (low carb) in the Diet, by Dr. Lisa, DVM Dry Food Carbs - Scooter from 5.5u to OTJ: ...and Scooter's ss (look at February 19th) ...Spider got rid of dry food starting 6/4 and ending 6/8, otj trial started 6/15 Food in Australia (Canned) for FD Food in Canada Feeders, Timed or Auto Low Carb vs Lower Carb Senior Kitties: Don't let your senior cat become a skinny old man Senior Kitties: Metabolism Explained My cat may be ill/not feeling great/have a special condition: Appetite, lack of appetite and skipping shots; Appetite: Liver Shake Recipe Assist Feeding (video) Assist Feeding Yahoo Group Blood Tests, Interpreting Results Capsules, Chicken flavored Cerenia Chin Acne Convenia by Dr. Lisa, DVM: Dental: Find an accredited Veterinary Dentist in the US Digestive Problems: Constipation, Maggie11 & Ann; Feline Constipation Fortiflora Hairballs/Chronic Vomiting Probiotics in IBD (or other) cats Probiotics, S. Boulardii to stop Diarrhea, Constipation & Flaxseed Antacids (Pepcid)Euthanasia, Deciding When and How to Humanely Euthanize a Companion Animal and Quality of Life Scale Feline Hepatic Lipidosis - Maverick's Story; Feline Assisted Feeding Yahoo Group Glucose Toxicity High Dose Kitties ......Acromegaly, Insulin Resistance, Insulin Autoantibodies: research and testing information .......Acromegaly, IAA, Using R - collection of 12 links and information .......Cushing's (Hyperadrenocorticism): Zoey 1 and Zoey 2; Purrdy 8/29/16; Turner 8/30/16 ......Switching from Lantus to Levemir, JoJo & Dr. Lisa, dvm ......Switching from Lantus to Levemir, Doodles, advice before switching Ketones, Blood Ketone Meter, Izzy Ketones, Tigger; Barsa 4/3/15: and Barsa 4/7/15 Ketones, Mechanism of Diabetic Ketoacidosis graphic Metacam in Cats Overdose double-dosed Lantus - Ebby Overdose - Ole 9uR instead of 9uLantus Overdose - Baby 1st dose 5u instead of 0.5u Pancreatitis & Concurrent Conditions (a vet well-known for her experience with feline pancreatitis) Phosphorus Binders in cats with kidney disease Slippery Elm Bark and a second link on SEB Subcutaneous Fluids (Video): Urinary Tract Inflammation/Infection, Dr. Lisa, DVM ; D-Mannose Urine in mattresses, getting the smell out Vaccines in Cats by Dr. Lisa, DVM Special strategies that help some cats: Bouncing, Jetta Feeding the Curve, Tashie Reductions, Reductions, Shaving & 3 drops below 50, Maggie Reductions & OTJ Trials Shooting Intra-muscular & Sid Shooting Low Tight Regulation, Following TRP, Pumbaa & Suze Tight Regulation Protocol: Myths Debunked (&Bouncing) ..........Post #6 Shooting a dropping number ..........Post #17 Increasing the dose during a bounce ..........Post #37 Combining elements of Start Low Go Slow & Tight Regulation Protocol Traveling with Diabetic Kitties; and Traveling and Camping If other members have bookmarked posts that contain helpful information that you would like to add to the list above, please post them below & include the main topic of the post.