Hi all, New to the forum, I came across it last night and already feel so much better for finding people in similar situations and people who are cheering each other on! It's good to know we're not on our own. My cat, Kyra (a boy), is 10yrs old and was diagnosed with diabetes about 8 weeks ago. Working from home during Covid-19 I noticed his spine was a lot my prominent and that he was drinking and weeing a lot. Blood tests sent to the lab and with a BG of 26.6 the diabetes diagnosis was confirmed. So far, after fortnightly visits to the vets, we have gone from 1.5units to 3units of caninsular twice a day. Our last check up was on Monday and the vet came out to talk to me and has asked we try and keep a diary of what is going on with Kyra. So I have a large note book jotting down every time he east drinks and wees and I'm trying to gauge the actual amount he is drinking. It's a bit hard to measure the water consumption as he has a brother and sister, Rupert & Maddie, but we are giving it our best shot. Currently Kyra is on dry food but one meant to help support diabetes management. However, his brother and sister are on other dry food, so of course it is a bit of a free for all. We have tried to be rigid with who eats what but, now call me crazy, I can feel Kyra's mood dipping as if he knows he isn't allowed something that the other 2 are having. So after reading this forum last night I have researched some wet food for db and I am going to slowly start introducing that with his dry db food. I will also, unless someone here tells me not to, be feeding the exact same to the other 2 cats. We currently aren't doing home tracking, the vets we have seen have been quite laid back about it but the most recent vet we saw was encouraging it a bit more to us. So, we did attempt it on Monday night and after many attempts, and two of us trying to keep him chilled, we got a HI reading. On Tuesday morning I tried again by myself, telling myself I had to get used to it as I needed to do his 6hr reading by myself, while my husband is still out at work. Well, it didn't happen and with such an epic failure it was then a real mission to get Kyra to have his injection, though we did manage it. I then spent the morning crying because I thought I had upset my cat - yes I can be that bad on bad days! I did try again at lunch time (6hours after his injection) but after several attempts and no spot of blood I let the little man go about his business and decided not to try again in the evening as to give us both a break. It is really amazing to see on here that everyone seems to be able to home track, I am using it as inspiration that one day we too will be able to do it. It really does stress Kyra out having to go to the vets every 2 weeks and we are just getting such high reading every time home tracking would be so much more beneficial to us all. I read a really good post last night about picking one spot and putting them there several times a day and fussing their ears to get them used to it all, so that has started today! If you guys have any other tips on getting the blood spot from the ear please please let me know, I want to do the best by my boy and not have to keep taking him to the vets. If you also have any awful experiences I'd hear those too, I just need to know other people have gone through it. I can't wait to be an owner who can track from home! Also, one last thing, I am very very(!!!) hesitant about trying this but has anyone ever used the paw pad for the blood sample? I have read that the paw pads are sensitive so I don't to risk that without advise. Thanks all who have read this and apologies for going on for so long!!