I received a call from my mom back home in Montana today to inform me that my 8 year old cat, Buster, was put to sleep. It seems that my mom caught him urinating on the carpet in the hall 3-4 per day. She had my dad take him to the vet after 3 days of this, because they both thought he might have Feline Urinary Syndrome again, which he had contracted two times previously. During the tests, Dr. Melnarik discovered that my cat was actually in advanced stages of diabetes, and was going into renal failure. Rather than have to give him 3-4 shots per day, my parents decided it was best to have him put to sleep, rather than have him suffer due to the shots. They suspect the diabetes may have been caused by the fact that he was a rather girthy cat, weighing in at 25+ pounds. I'm really having a tough time dealing with this, being 2500 miles from home isn't helping at all. This was a cat that we found alone in a field, suspected his mother had been attacked by some predator, i.e. mountain lion, etc.. He still wasn't weened at this point, and we had to bottle feed him for around 6 wks. Due to this, he never really acted like a cat, but like a human. He opened doors by himself, sat with us at dinner, slept on my bed every night I was home. I just felt the need to share, and I would appreciate any prayers, etc..