IMO That vet is trying to make a buck the meters are the same as us
humans most meters are $25 to 99 dollars the internet is full of them.
Some sites even give you one when you purchase of a certain amount
My cat rumble is recently just 2 weeks ago diagnosed diabetic they use
the same meters, strips, diabetic syringes and lancets ( extra fine) for us
We go Wednesday for a glucose curve Mary I don't know if you saw Rumble
went from 437 to 215 in a week on one unit 2 twice a day and a change in
his diet to fancy feast
"MaryL" -OUT-THE-LITTER> wrote in message
> "Richard Evans" > wrote in message
>> We have a diabetic cat who has been on insulin for several years. The
>> vet now wants us to start daily testing his blood sugar with a special
>> cat-calibrated glucose meter, which the vet will gladly provide for a
>> mere $220. People-calibrated meters cost about $60.
>> Is there a special meter? Is $220 a reasonable price? Can you test a
>> cat with a people meter?
>> He holds still really well for the shots, but I don't know how
>> cooperative he will be for testing sugar.
> It doesn't sound reasonable to me, so I would suggest some research on
> this. I agree that you should start testing his blood sugar (in fact, that
> should have been done long ago). Everyone I know uses the same meters
> that are used for people, and most select one that will accept a tiny drop
> of blood -- OneStep Ultra, FreeStyle, etc. Here is a site that discusses
> how to do home testing: http://sugarcat_simon.home.att.net/hometest.html.
> They talk primarily about Bayer, but you could use the information from
> that site even if you use a different meter. Testing a cat is done by
> pricking the year. I have never done that myself, but I have friends who
> regularly and they tell me that the process is very easy. Cats seem to
> barely feel the prick as blood is taken. Here are some good photos of the