Hello everyone. It is not with joy that I become a member, I must say. My name is Ana and Gaysha, my 10 years old cat, was diagnosed with diabetes last wednesday (24th February). I had already been to the vet with her twice before, because I noticed she was drinking too much water. At first the vet thought it could be kidney stones. Took a powder supposedly to dissolve kidney stones. Nothing happened, she kept drinking bowls of water. Three days later, as she would not get better, took her to the vet again. She did a blood workout, to check kidney and liver function. Everything was normal. We thought it could be stress, because my life has not been easy these last months. Changed home and city twice, became from unemployed for a year and a half, where I was at home most of the day, to working 5 days a week from 9am 'till 7 pm. Gaysha started losing weight, gradually, but it became more visible this last month. She used to be a beautiful black cat, quite big and weighting around 6,5 to 7 kg. So went home with Gaysha with some vitamins. Nothing changed until 23rd february when i got home after work and she had blood in her urine. Took her to the vet the day after. That's when another vet (in the same vet hospital) did a glucose analysis and she had around 350 (cannot recall the exact number). The blood in her urine was obviously due to a urinary infection she had caught. She weight less than 3kg :'( I was shocked... We scheduled her first glucose curve for the next tuesday (which would have been yesterday) and prescribed an antibiotic for the infection. On Thursday night (the 25 th february), Gaysha was too weak due to acidosis. She hardly ate anything and could barely walk. She urinated in the bed because she was too weak to get up and go to the sand box. So I phoned the vet and we scheduled the first glucose curve for friday (26 th february). Gaysha was really really weak. I left her at the vet hospital and came back at 8 pm. I couldn't stop crying when I saw her. She could hardly walk. I must admit I thought seriously about putting her down. She stayed at the hospital overnight and when I came back to visit her on saturday at noon, she looked much better. Her eyes were wide open, she was reacting to sounds and purring and walking around in the hospital. That really relieved my heart. Cutting it short: she stayed in the hospital from friday until monday. She had 3 glucose curves, the first without insuline, the other two with insuline to decide on the dosage. She is receiving 0,02 mL of Caninsulide twice a day. The vet prescribed her diet: Hills m/d or Royal Canin for diabetics. Gaysha likes neither. At first I thought she just had lack of appetite. But yesterday I gave her just a tiny bit of normal food (whiskas gourmet chunks) and she ate it enthusiasticly. So that took my doubts away: she is hungry, she just doesn't like the food. I've been also trying to give her, besides the dry food, canned w/d from Hills, she smells it, shows some interest, licks it once or twice and then just goes away. So I have to force feeder since monday night, which is very violent on her and very frustrating to me. I called the vet yesterday night to discuss a change of diet. I had seen on Hill’s site that there were other options for diabetic cats. I told me the other options (aside from m/d or w/d) are too high in protein. That I should stick to force feeding her until she starts eating on her own. When I called the vet yesterday, I also referred the fact that she was too weak, that she could hardly walk. I had read on the internet about this neuropathy, which I think is the case of Gaysha. She walks like if she was drunk and falls middle way, and then just stays there for a while (it looks like she is too tired to get up). But the vet never told me anything about neuropathy, which makes me think that maybe he never heard of it. I am emotionally exhausted. What kind of life is this one? Am I helping Gaysha or just prolonging her agony? I have to force feed her every day so that I can give her the insulin, she barely walks… About neuropathy, I have read a lot of different opinions. Some people say methyl-B12 helps, others say it doesn’t… If it goes away when glucose levels are stabilized, how long will that take? Will Gaysha live like this for months? Is this a life I want for my kitty? I am terribly confused and sad and… so many other things that I cannot put in words… I left home for work today with my heart broken. I’ve been crying all day with all of this in my head. Today when I leave work I will go and talk to the vet again. When a cat has lost so much weight, wouldn’t it be wise to give her a high protein diet to recover muscle strength? Also, please do not miss-interpret my, I am not cold and cruel. But I was unemployed for 1 year and a half. I just started working this month. Finances were still recovering. All these hospitalizations, glucose curves, prescription diets… my money is just blowing away… everyday I come home and thing of what else can I give up to have money to support Gaysha’s treatments. I have spent more than 300 euros at the hospital (this month) and 65 euros in prescription food that she just won’t eat… 365 euros is more than I pay for rent, is more than 1/3 of my monthly salary. I live across the ocean, by the way. In Portugal. There are a lot of things in the states that do not apply over here. I will appreciate any help you can give me. I feel lost and alone. Thanks everyone and sorry for the long text. Will do a bit more crying on my own now.