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SASSYKATANGE asks: "I am trying to get information about using Metacam for feline arthritis. Is it safe to use with a cat in renal failure? How safe is it when given to a cat?"

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April 27, 2006 at 7:43 pm
(1) keith says:


read about metacam and cats here

May 14, 2006 at 5:16 pm
(2) sharon says:

the only info I have is that metacam was prescribed for my cat when she was bitten by a snake. prescribed as an anti immflammatory.

June 6, 2006 at 1:45 pm
(3) B. Hawkins says:

Vet just prescribed this as a pain reliever for my 20-year old cat who had two teeth removed and an anal impaction cleared. Not sure how effective it is yet.

June 8, 2006 at 12:14 am
(4) pamela morgan says:

Our almost 19 year old cat, Chinny, has been on Metacam for arthritic spinal pain for at least 3 years now. What a world of difference it has made! From not being able to get on the sofa to jumping on our very high poster bed,as long as we don’t forget to dose him! Metacam has worked best in Chinny in a 3 to 4 day dosage. We don’t let him get symptomatic, if we do it takes longer for the drug to take effect. Once your cat seems relatively pain free ,don’t let up on the dosage. Keeping it regular is the best way to prevent pain and lessend mobility.

June 12, 2006 at 5:52 pm
(5) Mary Beth Omlor says:

My 17 year old cat was diagnosed with cancer and wasn’t eating. I gave metacam to him and for two months it seemed to do the trick. Recently, however, I have noticed he isn’t able to keep much food down even though he continuosly tries to eat. I am not sure if it is the dose of Metcam I am giving him (every other day)or if the cancer is taking a deeper hold on him.

June 13, 2006 at 5:48 pm
(6) Frank says:

I just started my cat on metacam, I’m trying to sprinkle it on can food, but she’s doesn’t want to eat it. Got her to eat it all with some tuna, but now she don’t like tuna. Any ideas on the best way to feed a cat?

June 16, 2006 at 12:00 pm
(7) Mark says:

My 14 year old Siamese has been on Metacam for c. 3 months. I’ve been warned of the potential renal demamge, so, as a precaution I give him a partial renal diet, even though his kidneys are fine at the moment.

Metacam really works for him and he has regained almost full movement and flexibility.

Administering is easy, I put his daily drop on a Seraquin tablet (palatable nutritional supplement to help with arthritis) and drop it down his throat.

June 20, 2006 at 1:21 pm
(8) Terri says:

My vet has just prescribed Metacam (1 drop per day) oral suspension for my 13 yr old cat – I wouldn’t normally have any concerns but as the box said, ‘for dogs’ I thought I should double check! I have now read all the horror stories and don’t know what to do – I don’t want to go back to my vet and basically accuse him of trying to poison my cat, but then of course I don’t want to harm her. Any advice? Should I lower the dose or go back to the vet?? Incidentally he didn’t warn me of any potential side effects, nor did he tell me how long to keep her on it!

July 2, 2006 at 7:45 pm
(9) Donna says:

My 12-year-old male kitty had recent surgery on his ear; Metacam ordered for pain and he seemed to do very well w/ it but it was only for a few days. No s/e’s noticed.

July 11, 2006 at 2:25 pm
(10) Robert says:

my cat just had an abses on his rear so i took him to the vet to treat it. he also had diabetes and arthritis. so the vet prescribed this medicam for him. he just died yesterday. he’d been fine for the two and a half years he had diabetes. when i took him to the animal emergency clinic she said that he may have internal bleeding in his intestine and that he probably not live very much longer. so i had him put to sleep. i don’t know for sure if the metacam caused the internal bleeding, but it does seem like a possiblity that it resulted in his death.

July 13, 2006 at 11:09 am
(11) Karol says:

Yesterday, my cat just started up to 4 daily doses of Metacam for a sore leg/knee…should I take him off it?

July 17, 2006 at 1:18 pm
(12) Kim says:

Please check into dosing before giving this medication. It seems to be a wonderful drug if not overdosed.

July 25, 2006 at 8:29 am
(13) Cindy Huf says:

My 21 year old Siamese was given Metacam 2x for arthritis, and had kidney failure over the weekend. It was by coincidence that I read this page:
Please read it!

July 26, 2006 at 11:49 pm
(14) Sandy says:

My vet prescribed Metacam for my cat, Pepsi, when he developed a limp the beginning of May. I gave it to him only 4 or 5 times, and he is now in acute kidney failure. He’s only 12. He went from 14 pounds in May to 10 pounds in July. He’s also very anemic. After reading the article on the persiancats.org page, I became sick at the thought that I could have caused his illness by giving him this medication. I don’t know if he’s going to survive or not. I would not recommend this for any cat.

August 15, 2006 at 9:56 am
(15) M KELLY says:


August 16, 2006 at 2:29 am
(16) pam d says:

I know metacam has been discussed alot on many websites … the good and the bad, but sometimes we forget to look at the whole picture of our animals health and heriditary. My cat is 19 and has just started to show signs of arthritis … she has been having one drop of metacam a day and her mobility has improved and she no longer cries in pain. On the other hand I had a 5 year old siamese that had acute kidney failure without any drugs involved. This problem was caused with in the breeding and the so called “expert” breeder churning out a lot of cats. I’ve also had a cat that had dental work and had an awful reaction to the anesthetic over the following 3 months ( no metacam involved either). One cat I have had dental work with no problems at all. So if my 19 year old cat has 2 years of pain free life compared to another 2 years of chronic arthritic pain … I think I know what I will choose. Before we blame any medicines for cat problems we must take into consideration their pre existing condition and weigh up the risk. No offence meant to Persian cat owners, but my friend who had persians for many years had no end of trouble with medical problems because of the heritary problem as well. I guess it’s all in our hands to do the best we can for our kids.

October 5, 2006 at 2:33 am
(17) Laure says:

My vet prescribed Metacam for my cat when she was 16 years old and beginning to suffer from arthritis in her back legs. My vet explained that the drug was authorized in the United States only for dogs at this time and that administering to cats can cause renal failure if overdosed. My cat was put initially on 1 drop every 2 days for a week, then 1 drop every 3 or 4 days. She just turned 18 and the metacam has eased her pain enough for her that at times she acts like a 10 year old. I am surprised to read some of the comments on how high or frequent the doses were, especially knowing there is a serious risk of kidney failure in cats if overdosed. Please check back with your vet because one drop every 3-4 days is the recommended dosage. There also appears to be an injectable form available now in the United States for cats that you might want to check into.

October 5, 2006 at 7:32 am
(18) holly says:

My cat has just been prescribed metacam 1.5mg/ml I have to give her 2 drops for 5 days as her back legs are just not working I have to try this as its either that or have her put to sleep which is a pet owners nightmare she is 13yrs so not very old for a cat.

October 9, 2006 at 8:12 pm
(19) Jill says:

Please don’t give your cat this medicine. My beautiful black cat named Mittens was 7 years old perfectly healthy other than a pesky reoccuring mouth infection. After many treatments of antibiotics and steroids, we decided it would be best for her to have a surgery to extract her teeth. We did it even though the $1,000.00 was alot to come up with. She had the surgery 3 weeks ago after thourghly going through many tests to make sure she was healthy enough to go through it. I haven’t even paid the credit card bill yet and Mittens is dead. The surgeon prescribed Metacam for her after the surgery for 7 days. When the infection came back 2 weeks after the surgery he told me to give her the medicine for another 7 days. On day 5 she started throwing up every time she ate. Day six she didn’t get the medicine because she wasn’t herself. Didn’t eat much and by herself. On day 7 she was suppose to get her metacam I rushed her to my vet and found out she had a fever of 108 and a low white count. They did an x-ray and her intestines were inflamed. They thought it was a virus. Kept her over night and the next day found her dead in the cage. After an autopsy I was told the Metacam made her insides explode and poisined her to death. I can’t even sleep at night now as she slept on my pillow with me everynight. Every morning she was my alarm clock and woke me up. No one told me the risks that came along with this medicine I was told it was an excellent medicine and to give it to her. If I would have known there were any risks at all I wouldn’t have used it. I would have tried something else. Please don’t give this medicine without getting all the facts about it and even then doubt yourself and stop.

October 24, 2006 at 11:33 pm
(20) Emilie says:

My 9 year old cat has deteriorating hips. He has been taking one drop of Metacam every other day for about a year. He has had no apparent side effects and clearly seems more comfortable for at least a day after he takes it. This is the only pain med that I have been able to administer successfully to him. I place one drop on about a teaspoon of chicken baby food which he readily eats.

December 2, 2006 at 9:35 pm
(21) anastasia says:

I threw out the metacam after reading this…was prescribed for my cat after surgery. I pray I did not over dose him or that no damage has been done.

December 5, 2006 at 5:29 pm
(22) Paul says:

Well, my cat suddenly had symptoms of injury/arthritis – she is 10 or 11 yrs approx old. She was not walking much at all and clearly in some paid. The vet could not diagnose the condition – his examinations were thorough but she was so tensed up he really coul dnot find a certain cause.

We can try pain relief or sedation and x-ray were the 2 options. We opted for the cheaper and less tricky option. Metacam was prescribed – 5 drops each day on her food (on dose per day) – and I have administered with Whiskas senior pouch food for the week with the result that she climbed the stairs yesterday for the first time in 10 days and she iws walking around now without any problems. She still sits “funny” with one leg under her and the other “splayed out” to the side.

So metacam for me gets the thumbs up and my vet’s a top bloke for knowing what was needed to bring my cat back to good health.

After reading all the stories I’ll stop the dose and still keep her in the house – we’ll see how she copes.

If she has problems, back to the vet for more diagnostics (I get paid soon!)


December 6, 2006 at 3:43 am
(23) adrienne says:

I have been using metacam first with Felix for his hips and now with Splash who has breast cancer. Felix passed away at the age of 19. And Splash is still hanging on. Both never got the med every day. Right now Splash is on it 2 days, off 1. It seems to help her as she gets up and walks a bit. She wants to eat more with it. Cats seem to know to stay still when hurting. At this point anything to keep her comfortable is fine with me. She will let me know when it is time to stop.

December 21, 2006 at 12:44 am
(24) Helen says:

My vet of 25+ yrs. gave me Metacam for a cat 3 years ago when she was in excruciating pain following a dental cleaning + exam for a severely deteriorating throat condition. He was reluctant, but when he said there was nothing for pain in cats except injections every 6 hrs., I told him I needed for him to give me the syringes to use at home, this cat was letting me know she’d rather be dead, the pain was so bad.

So he gave me Metacam, with strict instructions to use only a drop every 3 days. AND, it must NEVER be dropped directly into the mouth, the risk of an overdose is too great, it is always put in/on food. (I put it in a bowl, then added a teaspoonful of water-based tuna juice.) It was a lifesaver, literally, until she got thru the next few days, and I didn’t have to use a 2nd dose.
I would never use it casually, but it can be helpful in a crisis situation.

Now, that same vet offers an optional Metacam injection for cats following surgery. I used it for spay surgery but not a simple neuter.

December 23, 2006 at 3:06 am
(25) DAVE says:

Fluffy is my 16 and a half year old Persian and is suffering from Arthritus. He is currently being dosed with Metacam. It has worked well during past episodes.We`ll see what happens this time….I fear the worst !!!

December 29, 2006 at 8:03 pm
(26) molly petres says:

My two cats were just prescribed oral metacam .18ml to be given every day for four days. After reading all these postings this seems too scary to give. Any thoughts. I would hate for my kitties to be suffering after their surgery (they are 10 months old, weigh aprox 8-9 lbs) but I am scared to give them this med>

January 5, 2007 at 9:40 am
(27) Lynne says:

Ive read the good and bad-all i can say is dont risk it if there is an alternative!my 19yr old cat tibbs was limping last week so i took her to my vet where she was given an injection of metacam plus oral solution 2 drops twice a day with no mention of side effects.she has been in partial kidney failure for years (urea 14+ createnine 260+) but is stable and oterwise healthy.after her first dose she was sick all day so i decided not to give her any more as she has a very sensitive stomach-a week later she is hardly eating and after what i have read im going to have to take her back for blood tests on liver and kidneys-i just hope no damage has been done-all she had was a limp-im so glad i only gave her one dose-too many cats have reacted badly to this drug and if id known this i would not have let the vet give her it!fingers crossed my girl is ok

January 6, 2007 at 11:17 am
(28) lynne says:

Well Tibbs blood results came back-createnine over 1000 and urea 44-shes now on a drip and may not survive.she was probably borderline kidney failure but theres no doubt in my mind that the metacam tipped her over the edge-she was fine before-symptoms of kidney failure came on right after receiving metacam.only use this drug if there is no alternative and get blood tests done first-ive got to live with the fact ive sped up my cats demise-all she had was a slight limp and now shes probably dying.Lynne

January 10, 2007 at 8:31 pm
(29) xintian says:

My cat tigerer just had 2.5inches stiches for a cat bite that infected into a “puss”Jan.9th. My vet give me 0.5ml oral/day for three days. He is 22lbs and had 3days .3ml Dec 15 to 18 for an unknow cause of fever and infection. Seems ok with it.(also taking amoxicillin 100mg pills for 7days same time) I guess I will only give him the 2nd dose after 24hours from 1st dose and until he cry for pain. If any kidney failure symptoms show up. I’ll stop metacam.:) Thanks for all the input. xintian

January 12, 2007 at 10:38 am
(30) xintian says:

xintian again. I give tigerer 2nd dose metacam after 28hours from the 1st dose. he only want the juice in food,and bowl movement seems hard for him since the amoxicillin. 3rd dose is given after 26hours. He basicly lick the syringe before I can push the liguid in his mouth. he want it bad. I will take him to the vet this afternoon to get the drain tub out. He is sleeps now. Seems everything ok with him.:)xintian

January 25, 2007 at 1:42 pm
(31) Sophia says:

My cat had a simple surgery for a mammary tumour on Jan. 16th. She was a strong, healthy and feisty cat who was a good candidate for the surgery. On the 17th, I brought her home. The vet gave me Metacam to give her, a full syringe the 1st day back, and 1/2 of one the second day, which seemed like a lot to me. I did research on it before giving it to her and called him and told him I wanted something else. He wouldn’t give me anything else, saying that this is perfectly safe and that that’s all he uses. I decided not to give it to her unless she seemed in pain. Well, the next day, she was thrashing and screaming and in so much pain, that she even had tears coming out of her eyes. She was looking at me as if to say “do something, help me”, I could see the horrible pain in her eyes. It was 2 in the morning, I couldn’t get in touch with the vet, and I couldn’t stand to see her suffer like that, it was heartbreaking, so out of desperation to stop her pain I gave her 1/3 of the smaller syringe. It calmed her down. Afterwards we rushed her to the hospital. She was dead two days later. She had internal bleeding and her kidneys failed. I miss her like crazy. I am so angry at this vet for not listening to me. I truly believe she would still be alive if he had just given her a fentanyl patch for the pain instead. DO NOT give this to your cat. Be pushy, and ask for other options. Ask the vet what he used before metacam came out in 2003. This is your companion’s life, and they trust you, love you and depend on you. I am completely devastated. My best friend and soul mate is gone.

January 29, 2007 at 4:05 am
(32) Cyril Hinds says:

My 8 year old cat has been to an emergency vet ($1,000) and now at her regular vet’s office for almost 3 days on an IV.
I had been told to give her Metacam 0.3ml by mouth for 5 days and then every other day for 4 days to treat possible inflamation in her urethra caused by crystals in her urine.

The day after the last dose I found her motionless on the floor, incontinent of urine. She finally moved her tail a little to let me know she was alive, but just barely. That’s when I rushed her to the emergency vet.
I was horrified to finally read the Metacam insert to discover that the medicine should only be given mixed with food and NOT directly by mouth as I had been directed to give it.

February 10, 2007 at 2:41 am
(33) maria spradlin says:

My cat injured her back, doctor suspects intervertebral disks two areas, through process of elimination with tests, however, she has had about a total of 4 drops to her name, and for the life of her has had the worst diarreah and is now throwing up everything she eats. i just took her to the vet to get a sub q injection to rehydrate, and she’s back to square one. When i first took her to the doctor re her injury she had all her lab values come back within normal, now i am worried about her and have to take her in tomorrow again…wondering why she is throwing up and the worst diarrhea..she didn’t have temperature when i brought her in. now i am more leary of this medication…i believe eventually it will destroy a cat’s kidneys, and i wouldn’t advise anyone to give it to their cat.

February 24, 2007 at 11:48 am
(34) lynne says:

my beloved tibbs 9mentioned on earlier posting) was put to sleep a week after she got home from the vets-it was horrible to see her go downhill so fast-death from kidney failure is very distressing to see.I have recently read of a case where even at a very low dose(1 drop every 3 days) a cat was in kidney failure after a month-there is NO safe dose! I would only use metacam oral again if my cat was in obvious pain and suffering and there was no alternative but to put him to sleep-it may work for some cats but others react to a very low dose-you have to weigh up the risks,monitor kidney function and know that you may kill your cat by giving them this drug-your vet probably wont tell you this as many are quite ignorant about dosage,risks and side effects!Dont assume your vet knows best-do research and make up your own mind-its your pet and your heartache if something goes wrong!

April 12, 2007 at 12:55 pm
(35) Maria says:

I gave my one and a half year old cat Metacam last summer when she developed an unexplained limp that the vet couldn’t diagnose and that lingered for several months. She prescribed Metacam, with no mention of side effects to kidneys, maximum dosage, proper administration of it (not a word was said about putting it food). My red flag should have been that I was actually asked to sign a WAIVER before they gave me the medication because it had only been tested extensively on dogs (in other words, the vet community couldn’t say for sure how it would effect cats, they only had anecdotal evidence). Long story short, by Thanksgiving my sweetheart of a cat was dead from massive kidney failure – the ER vet I took her to said she had the kidneys of a 17-year-old cat. At first I thought she was just a victim of poor health from the start, since she was a stray who had been abandoned by her mother at 3 weeks old. Later, I blamed myself for habitually letting her chew on the leaves of one of my plants (a peace lilly – can be poisonous to cats but usually they become symptomatic quickly and she had been doing this for many months). I don’t know for sure if the Metacam was responsible, but last month a friend of mine put her older cat on Metacam for arthritis and the cat went into kidney failure very shortly afterwards. That was the first I heard of the connection between kidney failure and Metacam. I will never know what the decisive factor was in my young cat’s death – there may have been several – but I do know that I will NEVER use this drug again for any other cat I have. I also got rid of my plants.
Good luck to all cat owners with pets prescribed this drug – if you still decide to use the Metacam, PLEASE check your cat’s kidneys BEFORE and AFTER administering it for your own peace of mind and better understanding of the risk factors for the cat.


May 6, 2007 at 3:47 pm
(36) Caterina says:

My 13yr old cat Simba has trouble jumping onto the bed, sofa etc. and probably has arthritis. My vet gave me natural pill with glucosimine, but it did not help. He just prescribed Metacam with the dosage being 10 drops/day for 7 days, then down to 8/day, then down to 5/day with a follow up.
I read the insert BEFORE giving the drops ant it said “Caution: Not aproved for use in cats.”
I decided to check the website for further information and came across this one.
After reading all the comments I will not be given my cat Metacam. It scares me to think that I could have killed my cat. The dosage recommended by my vet is so high compared to what you all have given, I’m sure the end result would have been death.
I will be going back to my Vet and find another alternative. What are these Vets doing? Why are there NO meds for Cats??

May 13, 2007 at 11:12 pm
(37) kris says:

After examining a urine specimen the vet concluded my middle-aged male cat had a bladder infection, and the vet injected antibiotic and Metacam. The vet prescribed a follow-up of twice-daily oral antibiotic and once-daily Metacam about .2 ml/dose for five days with no mention of the danger, particularly of administering the Metacam directly. The vet also made no blood tests to assess baseline kidney function. Happily I read the Metacam package insert and began searching for more info before dosing my cat with it. After reading the stories here I realize the vet’s treatment of my cat was tantamount to malpractice. I will henceforth take my two cats to a different vet when the need arises.

May 16, 2007 at 2:51 am
(38) deb says:

We have a 6 year old male Himalayan who had a lot of breeding defects which we found out about after we fell in love with him. One of his problems is very severe arthritis and this was getting so bad he couldn’t do much of anything, and young as he was I was starting to fear that I’d have to let him go. Our vet explained the dangers of metacam but also advised this was his best chance. We’ve had him on one drop every night (mixed with his food) for the last year and he’s so much more active now, when we notice him in a lot of pain we give him two drops which helps. The only side effect we’ve noticed is that with the metacam his appetite has improved and he has the munchies a lot more than he ever did. He’s on the low side of a healthy weight which is also good for his arthritis. We were aware of the dangers and watched him closely, however he has only improved. Our vet has now come up with a new solution where we give him an injection once a month so we’ll be able to bring him down to one drop every night, then eventually one drop every second night. I guess it does work for some and if you choose to try it keep a close eye on your kitty to make sure they are reacting well – for us it has given our beautiful cat several more years and I’m very grateful to it.

May 29, 2007 at 11:27 am
(39) joy says:


June 8, 2007 at 8:55 pm
(40) Wendy says:

Metacam appears to be prescribed for cats with cancer nowadays. I have worked with several vets and both are top notch and knowledgeable. Both concur on the dosage of .1. One vet advised to start at .2 the first few days, then .1 every other day. My current vet prescribes .1 every 2 or 3 days, then skip a day, and so on. He explains that this small amount is absorbed easily enough by the cat, who is 17 and has an oral sarcoma. My cat has been on it for a year and a half and is doing great. Don’t know how much it helps his pain. He still has difficulty eating, but I think he needs Metacam as part of his overall regimen, which includes other things like lasix, albon, penicillin, some vitamin B every now and then. Plus he has had a couple of laser type surgeries. For a dismal diagnosis by one vet, with the right vet, a holistic approach is working.

June 12, 2007 at 7:41 am
(41) strategygurl says:

My Melvyn had a stroke and had problems walking. He had a thorough workup and everything was fine. He was prescribed Metacam and within one week started losig weight and became lethargic. I took him back to the vet and he’s in kidney failure and his liver function is off — in one week!! That was 3 drops of Medicam every other day! He spent the weekend in the kitty hospital and is home but won’t eat or drink. I questioned whether I should give it to him initially because the directions say for dogs only. I was assured it was safe.

July 12, 2007 at 3:26 pm
(42) JenZ says:

We have an approximately 14-year-old kitty (was a stray) who was not eating and had lost a lot of weight…we took him to the vet and she found lots of problems in his mouth and he has arthritis, too. She prescribed a course of antibiotics (done) followed by Metacam (3 drops in food every other day.) He has been on the Metacam regimen now for about 6 weeks and seems fine, except his hair is falling out in patches and he is scratching (but I don’t see any fleas)…I am very concerned after reading these comments — is hair loss a sign of renal/kidney/liver failure?? I am going to reduce his dose to 1 drop every 3-4 days until I can get him back to the vet next week. Comments?

July 19, 2007 at 10:30 pm
(43) Dawn says:

My Mom’s cat was prescribed this after a wound repair. Strangely enough my Mom mentioned that our neighbor had died of a pain killer overdose so I thought I had better check the Metacam and found horror stories. So far I have given the kitty 0.3 and will not give her anymore. I had spoken to the vet right before giving it to her and gave her 0.1 less than what the vet said. I’m terrified that I could hurt her severly by trying to help her. The vet said NOTHING about the risks and NOTHING about taking it with food and not by syringe. I have been reassured by the vet that there should be NO problem as long as she did not get an overdose. Why do they do this??? There is something on Wikipedia that says “In June 2007, a new oral version of Metacam was liscensed in Europe for long-term relief of pain in cats”, I cuold not find any confirmation on the Metacam website. Can anyone confirm this? Do we have the oral form here in the States? Since it is Wikipedia how acurate is this info. I’ve been crying all day since reading this info.

July 23, 2007 at 10:34 am
(44) larry says:

My TAZ is 14 and has been taking metacam for almost two years now for arthritis, 2 drops in dry food per day. He is fine!

July 31, 2007 at 6:18 pm
(45) larry says:

My vet prescribed Metacam (one drop every three days) for my 19 year old cat’s arthritis. My cat was drinking extra water to compensate for kidney problems but was doing well enough. 3 months after taking Metacam he developed end-stage kidney failure. I believe Metacam hastened his kidney failure and that my vet was remiss in not warning me of the side-effects. I wouldn’t use Metacam unless your cat is in severe pain and there are no other alternatives.

August 18, 2007 at 8:24 pm
(46) Carol Lynn says:

My 12 year old cat was diagnosed with arthritis in Feb 2007. Gave Metacam .20 only when seemed stiff and a little gimpy. she died today Aug 18 2007 of stage 4 renal failure. her blood in Feb was great. I wouldn’t use it.

October 1, 2007 at 11:56 am
(47) laura says:

my vet prescribed 9 drops metacam/a day for my 14 year old cat’s arthritis & pain after dental work. after reading all these stories the dosis seems insane! what is teh vet thinking?? i am not going to give him a single drop.

October 3, 2007 at 2:30 am
(48) inky says:

My 12-year-old cat, Harley, was clearly in some distress on Sunday and we paid extra to take her to an emergency after-hours hospital. She’s a tortie and they are usually very docile, so I was scared when she got so vocal and painful.

After $250, and an x-ray but no blood or urine tests (she peed on the towel in the waiting kennel), the doc decided she had a bladder infection. And lo and behold, she does seem to be straining to pee but who knows?

So from them we got some overpriced “pink stuff” amoxicillan to give her in HUGE (3 ml twice a day) doses, but she is a 20 pound cat.

After almost 3 days with no measurable improvement, and doing some petting-diagnosing, I decided tonight that her problem might be more orthotic — she’s very sensitive about one or both of her back leg joints.

So, I gave her some Metacam left over from when my tiny 14-year-old cat of 10 lbs. strained her back not acting her age recently.

Harley got two tiny drops by mouth syringe after a big dinner.

I almost threw it out but it did my little cat a lot of good short-term with her back strain. Though I have to admit at one point I accidentally overdosed her by not wearing my glasses when I drew down the syringe.

She became terribly ill and I swore I’d never use it again. But it did no permanent damage (thank god) and I didn’t throw it out.

I will let you know if it works for my big hog (Harley).

October 15, 2007 at 11:02 pm
(49) susan says:

My 3 year old kitty was hit by a car a year ago. had one rear leg amputated, other rear leg had pins in it. knee cap was pushed behind his leg and tore 5 ligaments. va tech hospital repaired his leg and decided to amputate the other one as they though an infection was coming from it. his wbc was 1000. last 6 months he has been walking pretty good. climbs stairs good and goes down them on his front 2 legs and beats me down every time. 2 weeks ago he started not climbing stairs or getting on the bed. i took him to vet and she thinks he sprained his leg. xrays looked good. the pin in his leg was not giving him any pain. gave him injection and he walked good when i got him home and went up stairs in a little bit of pain. gave me the metacam to give orally. was not told to give it in food or side effects. box said for dogs only but she said he would be fine taking it. we gave him some that night and he got around good. supposed to give it to him 2 times a week. we were on vacation a week and came home and he could barely walk again. gave him some of the metacam .2 oz and put heating pad on his leg and he is walking better. today laying around again but still walking. he dont want to put pressure on his foot. the vet says his knee was deteroriating which we knew would happen. so gave me this and some pills to take that helps rebuild cartriledge. he has yet to take one but our 7 months old cat eats it right up. so he is taking his brothers medicine. i dont know whether to keep giving it to him or stop. he has been through so much and i want the pain to stop. he was given buprenorphine after his surgery and i wondered if that would help him. it knocked him out though so dont know about that.i want to take his pain away. i tore a ligament in my foot and still have problems with it after 4 months. i dont want him to suffer like i have been.

October 21, 2007 at 3:06 am
(50) Brenda says:

My 3 year old kitty, “Vester” was hit by a car last night, broke his pelvis and tore his ankle out of joint. He’s on Laxatone to help him poo, amoxicillin to fight infection, and Metacam for his pain. The Doc told me all about how it was made for dogs and that it is a new treatment for cats still not approved in the States. He deluted 3 drops in watery syrup and put it into a small (1 1/2 in. tall)dropper bottle. Then once every 24 hours I’m to give him .5 ml of the deluted mix orally for three days. I think my vet is being very cautious about over dosing and I am looking forward to getting past these first few days so I can discontinue the treatment. Clearly, the risk is in over dosing.

October 26, 2007 at 3:54 pm
(51) Smitty says:

I’ve had a 10 lb., 12 year old Siamese mix (Tonkinese?) on 0.1ml, Wed & Sun for 1.5 years. The arthritic symptoms exhibited have been largely ameliorated and mobility greatly improved. He is even occasionally behaving a bit possessed, like a teenager, able to leap on my deck railing with relative ease. Occasional vomiting (2-3 times/mo) is about on par with 3 different dry foods (wet never changed) as was prior to Metacam administration. After reading the comments, it seems that dose and timing are critical and weight related. My vet has been exceedingly cautious and had Bandit tested with full blood panels which have all turned out fine as of a month ago.

November 4, 2007 at 8:16 pm
(52) Kate says:

My 4 yr old cat was taken to the vet and was told he had a urinary infection. He spent 5 days in the animal hospital and upon picking him up the vet gave me metacam to reduce the swelling of his urethra. I was never told to give it to my cat with food. And I was giving what seemed like a lot of medicine, but I trusted that the vet knew what she was doing. 4 days after he got home he died. Everyday he got worse. The vet said that if he threw up to stop giving it to him……He didnt throw up until the day before he died. I have never seen animal suffer like Stewie. I would never give Metacam to any pet EVER!!!!

November 9, 2007 at 10:46 pm
(53) this sucks says:

i am so pissed. i just gave my cat the dose recommended by a supposedly good vet here in WV and after i gave it i read the part about it only being for dogs. now i am kind of freaked out. i hope nothing happens because the dose the vet recommended is massive. if anything happens i will go ballistic on this vet.

December 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm
(54) Carl says:

My cat Tigger has been diagnosed with leukaemia. We have been told to give him 2 drops daily with food. One problem is that he’s throwing up blood and he will not eat or drink. He is weak and I don’t know if he’ll last the night. Do I give him Metacam to try and prelong his life for a few months and die of leukaemia or let him die from kidney failure from trying to save his life with Metacam?

December 16, 2007 at 7:36 am
(55) Eva says:

My beautiful brown burmese Chloe was hit by a car and broke her pelvis. She went through a 3 hour operation to fix it and I was allowed to take her home three days later. I was given Metacam and a syringe to use with it. She began going downhill soon after and lost her appetite. I called the surgeon and asked him if I should get some appetite stimulants from my own vet. He thought it might be a good idea, so this is what I did. It didn’t help.I called my vet again and she diagnosed that I was overdosing Chloe with Metacam because I was applying it directly into her mouth after food with a syringe, which had been supplied in the box. I rushed her into the vet and she was put straight onto a drip to flush out her kidneys. It didn’t help and she was rushed back to the vet hospital for a blood transfusion. After doing that they discovered that blood was seeping from her stomach and bowel. There was nothing else they could do for her and she had to be put down. It was devastating that after this huge and incredibly costly operation I lost my beloved companion of 7 years. I feel so stupid for just blindly giving her the drug in a syringe. Even my 14 year old son said ‘Mum, it says it’s just for dogs’, and I just replied, ‘the vet said it’s ok for cats too,’ without even investigating further. I’m sure if I’d hadn’t given her this stuff she would have made a complete recovery because the surgery went perfectly and she had no signs of any internal injuries before having the Metacam. I will never give it to my other cat, who is is missing his mate badly. I feel so guilty and upset. Please don’t give this stuff to your cat.

February 3, 2008 at 12:21 am
(56) Mel says:

My 4 yr old, healthy kitty, Henry, had 3 teeth removed 3 days ago. He was in at 8am and out by 4pm. Never occurred to me that I have had many other cats that never needed dental work??! But, hey we are trying to be good parents. When we got home we gave him his dose of antibiotics, Clindrops, and then later we gave him his metacam. NO INSRTUCTIONS were given more than what was printed on a ziploc baggie with 2 syringes, with Metacam. It said give once a day, for two days. It was filled at .4! When we got him home, he was woozy and didn’t seem to be himself. The next day we gave him his first dose…he was a zombie, jelly fish cat. He had no strength and then he peed on himself! He was so zogged out that he couldn’t even muster the strength to go anywhere near the littler. So we called the vet, took him in and they didn’t charge us and gave us some pills to clean out his liver! He hasn’t had a bowel movement…I think and I am kinda freaking out. I will update either way. But, he is walking now, but he is walking like his stomach hurts, or like he is wounded. I think the vet gave him one dose and then we gave him one. I am really scared that he is not well.

February 12, 2008 at 7:34 pm
(57) aimee deiseroth says:

My beautiful black cat named Nellie just had a clean bill of health in November 2007. She started with a limp on her left front paw. I took her to Met Vet where they took x-rays and then put her on Metacam drops as needed. I continued to give her the drops for 5 days.Nellie then sarted to meow really loud and was throwing up and became lifeless. I took her to the emergency room and also brought her medication with me.The emergency vet COULD NOT believe I was sent home with a full bottle of this horrible medication that said “use as needed” I then found out that Metacam put my poor Nellie into servere kidney failure and her blood cell reading was off the charts!! I was presented with a huge choice of trying to keep her alive for an excessive amount of money or putting her to rest and out or her pain. I choose to put her down and I miss her sooo much. I cant stop crying. I have tried several times to contact the medical director for Met Vet. They still havent returned my calls. So Please,Please dont give this drug to any animal, especially your cat!!!!!!

February 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(58) Kim says:


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March 12, 2008 at 10:38 pm
(60) Joan says:

My cat, Miss Kitty 9, had a limp in her front leg last November. The doctor prescribed Metacam. She took it for a month and when she got better I stopped giving it to her. Shortly after that she started dropping weight. We noticed about 6 weeks ago that she is drinking water like crazy and the litter box is always full of urine. We have 2 cats so the water usage and litter box didn’t come to our attention right away for Miss Kitty. We have an appointment with a new vet tomorrow. I mentioned the Metacam to my husband as possibly being the cause of Kitty’s weight loss (I have been thinking it was diabetes). I didn’t know the name of the medication, but luckily had some of it left. After googling Metacam I found this website. After reading these posts (thru tears) I am praying that it is not too late for my baby. I will update this after the vet visit tomorrow.

April 18, 2008 at 11:33 pm
(61) Now I'm even more depressed says:

My cat’s name is Joni. She was just at the Vet today getting an xray and exam. She hasn’t been herself lately and she seemed to have been having trouble eating. Came to find out that she have a cancer growth on the backside of her left jaw. It’s kept her from being able to open her mouth fully to eat properly. Today being Friday, we are supposed to get the test result of the biopsy to determine if this is a bone or tissue cancer. My cat seem to be in pain as she goes to her ‘place’ most of the time now. The vet gave my wife Metacam for the pain and didn’t tell her about what i am now reading here. According to her, they administered .8ml after the biopsy, and she was instructed to give her .4/day, everyday, for the next 5 days. I don’t know what to do now. I had a Persian cat for 15 years before he passed away 3 years ago. He died of kidney failure and as horrific of an experience that was for us, I know our Elton’s experience was far worst. I do not want that to happen to Joni as well. What am I to do now?

May 1, 2008 at 10:23 am
(62) Shelby says:

ANY MEDICATION CAN HAVE SIDE EFFECTS OR COMPLICATIONS. Have any of you ever read about the possible complications associated with Tylenol, Advil or Aleve in people? There are plenty of horror stories out there about these drugs too. Metacam is not right for all animals, but I have worked in four animal hospitals- emergency and day practices- all of which used both injectable and oral Metacam in cats and have seen fantastic resutlts. All of my cats have been on it at some point in their lives and I use it any time my chronic UTI cat has a flare-up. We use it in all of our feline surgery patients and many dogs for dental work as well as neuters, spays, and growth removals and in combination with other pain relievers for more major procedures. Cats do not handle Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatories well in general, they are more sensetive to the side-effects than dogs, and Meloxicam has finally provided a pain relief option for cats. Please read about this drug in a reputable Veterinary source before altering your cat’s medication and discuss it with your vet. If you don’t trust your vet, or don’t believe him, then find a new vet. Don’t take a random stranger’s advice over the internet.

May 9, 2008 at 9:54 am
(63) Melissa says:

My cat Floyd has been on Metacam for about a month now. When we originally took him into the vet it was because he had grown increasingly slow, with stiff joints. I thought he might have arthritis but the vet originally treated him for a urinary tract infection. After a week we were back at the vet. I had all of the appropriate blood work run and a series of x-rays. The vet put him on Metacam, once every other day with his food. He now has issues walking, is very wobbly and his back leg muscles seem to have atrophied. Has anyone run into something similiar? He’s headed back to the vet next week. He’s only 13 and was in great health only months ago.

June 16, 2008 at 3:25 am
(64) Desley says:

i have used Metacam on quite a few cats before it was licenced for use in the UK, and bloods done on the cats months later (just annual bloods) showed that their organs were fine – one surprised me as he came to me dangeriously obese. I would have no hesitation in using MEtacam, as my vet said – show her a medication that doesn’t have any side effects. Some of the doses on here seem very high though, the most i have ever used is 3 drops a day for 3 days before reducing it. I currently have a CRF cat with arthritis who I have to decide what meds to use, my options are this or steroids.

July 11, 2008 at 8:31 am
(65) Daff says:

My beautiful tortie, Belle, is lying beside me at the moment, all contented and painfree.

6 months ago she developed cancer in her jaw… it is inoperable, and is growing daily. I was given Metacam for her… she has it daily, in her food. She is weighed regularly to make sure that she isn’t overdosed on it. My vet has been superb, and explained in full the problems with it… I knew all this as I had a cat with gangrene a few years ago, and she was given the diluted dog strength metacam for 6 months, She is still with us, a lively 16 year old!!

Back to Belle… we were given 6 to 12 weeks with her, and we knew that we had to balance the need for the rest of her life to be pain free, even if this meant that she might have kidney failure. The alternatives were to have her put to sleep or let her slowly starve to death… no choice!!

For us, metacam has given us an extra 3 months so far, good quality time with Belle, who is at least 18. She is bright, alert, gently plays with the two young cats (we have 5 altogether) for a while each day. I feed her about 5 or 6 times a day, little amounts.

The Metacam has been a life saver for Pol, and a life extender and enhancer for Belle… I will continue to use it for my animals if the situation demands it….. I know that one of them may develop a sensitivity to it, but that is a risk I go into with my eyes open… in fact there is more risk to me in administering it as I am allergic to aspirin and nsaids myself!!


Daff xxx

July 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm
(66) karen says:

for heavens sake if it says just for dogs dont give it to cats my cat has been on metacam for cats for months now and he seems fine he was overweight but thanks to the metacam he has been able to excercise for the first time in years dont whatever you do give it to them before food and lower the dose if you feel uncomfortable about it bob is supposed to be on six drops once a day i have him on five in the summer because the heat helps his a/t he has been bouncing around like a kitten these last few months and his quality of life is such that i believe it is worth the risk some cats take to it very well but like all things reactions can happen in cats dogs and humans remember no drug is compleatly safe but this one cant be as bad as everyone says or else it would have been withdrawn by now

August 2, 2008 at 12:30 am
(67) Vivian says:

My cat had 4 kittens and 3 have not open there eyes yet I tried to help it by cleaning it and found alot of puss comming out? What can I do to help them.

August 27, 2008 at 9:01 pm
(68) Kelly says:

My Buster was prescribed this medication orally for TWO WEEKS. He died from acute renal failure. Take a look at this link: http://www.persiancats.org/nss-folder/filefolder/MetacamRisksInCats.pdf.

This medication is considered “off-label” for felines and the FDA REQUIRES the a vet tell you when they are using this type of drug on your pet. I was never informed of the risks and was even told to continue giving him the medication after I took him back for drooling and lethargy (typical symptoms for cats after repeated oral doses of Metacam. I was forced to put my baby to sleep on Sunday, August 24. His life was needlessly cut short by the incompetence of a vet.

The information is out there on medicam and it recommended use in cats. I only wish I had learned before Buster was killed. I trusted this woman to provide the best possible care for my pet and instead, she disrgaeded the research and manufaturer’s instructions. As a pet owner, be vigilant – protect your family member!! I don’t want another family to suffer the way mine has.

September 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm
(69) Linda says:

My cat’s vet started him on metacam for arthritis and it made him extremely ill. He wouldn’t eat or drink and was constantly vomiting. He came off it for awhile, and then they started him on a smaller dose. He got pretty sick again, so they took him off it. Now he takes cosequin, a glucosamine/chondroiton supplement. It seems to give him some relief. Unfortunately, there are not many meds. available for arthritic cats.

September 16, 2008 at 12:22 am
(70) MFE says:

As a veterinarian, metacam can be a very valuable drug when it comes to chronic pain control and relief in cats. HOWEVER it is ALWAYS prudent to have a blood panel done first to assess your cat’s liver and kidney function. A perfectly healthy looking cat may have subclinic renal or hepatic failure which can be disasterous if Metacam is used. Overdosage is the other main culprit when it comes to the problem with Metacam.

As a rule:

- ALWAYS make sure Metacam is given with FOOD. ALWAYS make sure that you cat is also getting enough water either in wet food or is drinking.

- ALWAYS get a blood panel done on your cat before starting on ANY non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, particularly in an older patient.

- NEVER be tempted to give your cat a bigger dose because they look particularly painful; this is how over half of my clients have killed their cats when using Metacam.

- If your cat whilst on metacam shows even a MILD decrease in appetite, STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY.

Pain relief for cats in a home situation can be difficult due to the general paucity of available drugs (in a hospital setting, opiate drugs tend to be the best in all situations, except Morphine which can cause mania in cats).

Dilligence is required by the owners AND the veterinarian to ensure that this drug is used safely. When it is used responsibly, it is a VERY GOOD drug for pain relief, and it has given many of my patients relief from pain that would have otherwise seen them euthanised.

September 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm
(71) Lori says:

DO NOT USE THIS FOR YOUR CAT! We are still in the process of trying to save our cat who took this medicine for a sore leg and now has kidney failure. Many vets are unaware of the risks. This should NOT be used in cats. There are other safer drugs.

October 2, 2008 at 11:48 am
(72) Florrie says:

My cat has been on Metacam for about 6 months now. Blood tests were done first to ensure her organs were healthy. The dosage in the first week started off fairly high and then the dose was to drop to .05ml/day with food. She’s 15 and has arthritis in her spine, a piece of bone that has fused to vertabrae together, caused by arthritis, has split off and is floating free (I know this thanks to xrays). She’s doing great on Metacam and can jump up alot easier and even does spins around the house occassionally. I’m very happy with it, it’s given back her quality of life in her old age. (Oct.2/2008)

October 9, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(73) Liz says:

Our vet put Smokie (14 years old)on Metacam around 6 months ago as he suspected her to have arthritis. He told us to give her 4 drops (1 per kg) every night. At first it seemed to work very well.She is very lively for a couple of hours afterwards, then she goes quiet again. Suddenly she won’t go outside anymore, we had to put her tray out. Now she has started peeing just about anywhere in the flat, which is not very pleasant. She just doesn’t seem herself anymore. I don’t know if this is due to the Metacam, but I stopped giving it to her a week ago, and now she seems a little more like her old self. The vet did warn us that it would affect her life expectancy, and if I thought she was better through it I would continue with the medication. Now I’m not so sure, as she seems worse. I’d like some advice, please. Thanks, Liz.

October 11, 2008 at 11:00 am
(74) Albert says:

Metacam is not approved for cats in oral dosing…Please stop the dosing and get a second opinion from a wholistic vet who might give you a less desructive remedy for the arthitis.

October 30, 2008 at 5:16 am
(75) Paula says:

Metacam kills dogs, too. My 10 year old german shepherd is going to be put down thanks to Metacam. Randi has arthritis but was healthy in EVERY other way. Vet prescribed metacam in August… Two months later and she is now in renal failure, nothing I can do. I am horrified and heartbroken. And I will never forgive myself for not having tried something else first.

November 4, 2008 at 6:56 am
(76) vlad says:

there is metacam for oral administration in cats. at least in europe…
i am a vet and i used metacam in cats. never had any problems or any bad feedbacks. all anti inflamatory products can produce internal bleeding or renal disorders if the dose is not respected. best wishes…

November 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm
(77) Laura says:

my new vet said metacam should NEVER be given to cats over 12 years old, and that there is a very fine line between safe and lethal. He uses it but is extremely careful. Wish I used him before my former vet injected my 16 year old healthy cat with metacam during teeth cleaning.
4 weeks later he was dead due to acute renal failure.

November 26, 2008 at 9:08 am
(78) Leo says:


I have before me the Client Information Sheet for Metacam (meloxicam).
There is NO alternative, no dispute, no discussion to be had! The Manufacturer and the FDA tell you, without question…


I am more than willing to discuss this with you between my tears as my best friend dies.


December 2, 2008 at 6:02 pm
(79) Andrea says:

My friend and family member, Rocky, has been in emergency care for renal failure for 5 days. Our Veterinarian prescribed Metacam oral solution for pain.
This drug is NOT FOR USE IN CATS!
If your Veterinarian prescribes Metacam for your cat advise them that you will not accept the risk. Tell them to stop using the drug for cats! The use of Metacam oral solution in cats is prohibitive by the FDA and the product manufacturer.
There is no safe amount of this drug for use in cats! NONE!
According to the manufacturer’s product sheet,
http://www.bi-vetmedica.com/product_site….ral_Susp_rp.pdf , Metacam is not for use in cats and has a narrow margin of safety (also known as therapeutic index) in cats, meaning that there is very little difference between a safe, effective dose and a toxic dose. Repeated doses of Metacam Oral in cats have been known to result in death, as documented in the clinical tests submitted to the FDA.
Veterinarians often may administer a drug in a dose or frequency different from the manufacturers’ instructions. This practice is termed, “off label use”. While off label use may be practiced in veterinary medicine, prescribing a drug directly against the label directions is not off label use. It is malpractice.
The use of Metacam in cats will harm them. There is no dispute!
Please help get the word out to all cat owners, pet owners, Veterinarians.

December 7, 2008 at 3:39 pm
(80) Merrikate says:

My 21/2 year old cat has a broken pelvis and is recovering at home. Before starting him on his carefully laid-out dosages of Metacam, I googled the drug.

Am undecided now how to proceed, tho’ it seems likely to me that if he is well hydrated, and I never exceed the dosage or frequency, he may benefit. He is young and fit.

There’s a very clear summary re Metacam at this Petplace site; please scroll down to read ALL the info. Cautions are stated clearly, & it IS okayed for careful use in cats.

Still think I will hold off giving it to my little guy till I can consult my own vet tomorrow. Oddly, I use the human form of Meloxicam myself for arthritis, and it’s great.

December 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm
(81) Merrikate says:

PS Another very well presented statement about Metacam, worth the read before you decide whether or not to give it to your cat:

January 10, 2009 at 1:08 am
(82) Sarah says:

My cat Lady had oral cancer. Let’s see the events and timeline: cancer and holistic treatments causing tumor to shrink. No kidney problems. Gave Metacam (a lot in 8 weeks — vets prescribed 0.4 ml often). Found out that Metacam is not for cats and stopped giving it. Too late — she developed kidney failure. Then intensive care. Finally good kidney values after 4 weeks. But cancer took over because holistic treatments were significantly reduced during kidney failure. Lady put to sleep in Dec. Although the kidney failure wasn’t immediate, there’s no doubt in my mind (and several vets) that the Metacam pushed Lady into failure. That hastened her decline. How I wish that the vets who prescribed Metacam for Lady were as competent and thorough about explaining the risks as were some of the vets described in the comments here.

January 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm
(83) Kim says:

I took my cat in today because he is limping. The dr told me he would prescribe Metacam, which is not FDA approved for seven days. The nurse brought over the med’s and a 3ML dropper and told me to give him 3ML’s a day. I told her that the medicine only looked like enough for one dose so she said she would go get more. While she was gone I was reasing the chart and it said 3 drops a day…

She came back and I told her this and she looked at it and said she had made a mistake. I asked her to go get the doctor so I culd confirm the proper dosage…but she just wanted to argue with me. Another nurses got the doctor and he came out.

At this point while talking with the nurse I realized that if I had given my icarus 3ML I would have killed him…I am so furious.

The doctor said he would have a talk with her and that was it. I have not given my cat the Metacam and I don’t think I will.

So in addition to always looking up meds online, please always ask to look at your pets charts. If I hadn’t my baby would be dead today.

January 10, 2009 at 11:05 pm
(84) Lee says:

Hey. I work at a vet’s office and we use Metacam every day for cats… never seen a problem, and I’ve been there 5 years. My cat Locke developed arthritis a few years ago, and only got worse and worse. He couldn’t even jump onto the bed. One of my doctors prescribed Metacam (.1 ml every day for three days) and the turnaround was absolutely amazing. By the second day, he was running. Running! I hadn’t seen him do that in years. Now he’s on Metacam .075ml twice weekly, as well as a glucosamine supplement (Cosequin) every day. I had his values checked (they were a bit low a few years earlier) before starting the regimen. He has been on Metacam/Cosequin for three years now, and I’ve never had a problem, except for an energetic 16 year old! I’m so glad that my doctor prescribed it, or he would have been euthanized by now due to the pain.

January 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(85) Sheila says:

I’m quite disturbed by all these comments regarding the useage of metacam for cats. I have a female cat who is 4 1/2 years who developed struvite crystals in December last year. Anyway, she is on the Hills S/D diet and metacam for cats was prescribed giving her a daily dosage for her weight of 4kgs. When I questioned the vet about the metacam he said it acted as an inflammatory which I thought was a reasonable explanation and give her this dosage on a daily basis. She has just had another urine sample tested and there are trace elements of crystals so it looks as though the treatment is working; another urine sample in a months time and hopefully she will get the all clear. Anyone else had metacam prescribed for this?

February 2, 2009 at 7:08 am
(86) Gina says:

My 16 year old oriental cat, Beau, was healthy enough four weeks ago – a reasonable weight, eating well, drinking normally. He went to the vets with a bad cold on 9th Jan and was treated with an antibiotic and also given metacam as an injection. I was just told that they were giving him an anti-inflammatory which would make him feel more comfortable. I wasn’t told the name of the drug (not that it would have meant anything to me) nor warned of any risks, I was just told he should have this. Beau got over the cold, but stopped eating, started drinking excessively and 10 days later was in crisis, having been diagnosed with chronic renal failure. He died within a week of that diagnosis having spent three days in the vets on IV fluids to try and stabilise him which caused fluid to build up in his abdomen and lungs. It all happened so fast and I was left questioning how an apparently healthy cat could go downhill so fast. I downloaded some information on CRF written by Dr Sarah Caney (a specialist feline vet) and she listed some drugs that should not be given to cats with CRF. I am devastated to find that he was given a drug which is contra-indicated in cats with CRF, without any proper checks having been carried out, without a blood test having been performed and/or when given that he just had a nasty cold, it was not really necessary to his treatment. I have since discovered that Beau was in a high risk category for having some degree of kidney impairment given his age, breed and a history of dental disease, all of which the vet was aware of prior to administering metacam. I have just asked for a full set of his notes and will be taking this up with my vet. If there is a lesson to be learned from this it is don’t let your cat die from ignorance. I trusted my vet to know/do what was best. My other cat is going in for tests and a check-up tomorrow, but he is not having any treatment or drug until/unless I have checked it out for myself and am 100% sure that it is necessary and appropriate for his treament.

RIP my beautiful Beau!

February 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm
(87) Christy says:

My cat Bananas suffered a minor injury to her hind leg last October. The vet prescribed 1 dosage of metacam a day for four days. Each dose was already in pre-measured syringes. The only warning she gave me before sending me home was, “If she begins throwing up, stop giving it to her and call us.” I gave it to her as the vet prescribed, and the night of her last dosage, she began vomiting a lot. I called the vet and the only response I could get was to stop giving her the medication, but I had already finished with it, so her advice was useless. I took her to the Emergency Vet 2 days later because she began vomiting even more. Her liver enzymes were dangerously elevated. The vet sent me home with Denosyl and Clavamox. She said to make sure she is eating or she could develop Hepatic Lipidosis. Less than a week later, I had to take her back to the vet. I did not take her to the one who prescribed the metacam (I was quite upset with them). I took her to the vet who works for the Emergency Vet Clinic. They did more bloodwork. Her enzymes were still dangerously elevated. In addition, she was jaundice and her biliruben number was 9 times what it should be. She was in the hospital on IV fluids for a week. During that time, they did x-rays, ultrasounds, and finally a biopsy. Her diagnosis: Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver Disease). She is still fighting it today, but I have had to feed her with a syringe every four hours and give her Denosyl every day since the beginning of November. She has just now started eating some on her own again. To anyone who is prescribed metacam for their cat, DO NOT GIVE IT TO THEM. The risks are just NOT worth it.

February 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(88) k.c. says:

my 7 month old female cat was given 2 drops orally (0.2ml)daily for 3 days to control pain after abortion and sterilization. Metacam controlled her pain and she seems fine on this 3rd day. She is running and chasing her tail. Thankfully the local area spay and nueter program supplied this medicine for free. I was told to give 2 drops directly into the mouth. My cat had no side
effects w/Metacam. Evidentually the medicine affects each and every cat differently with side effects, just like human medicine!!
Thank you A.R.C.of Sarasota

February 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(89) so upset says:

Our year old kitten was put on a VERY small dose of metacam for a limp (hurt paw). We were told to be very careful in dosing and only as needed due to risk of liver damage. She started one dose a day on Feb. 5th (.5 ml first two doses, then drop to .12 ml following doses of a 0.5 mg/mL oral suspension (cat weighted 5.5pounds at visit). By Wed., had some diarrhea and we took her off the Metacam. By Friday, she was not eating at all (no other symptoms). This morning (2/16), I made appt. with vet due to still not eating, weight loss and lethargy. When I put her in the carrier to take her to the vet, she urinated dark yellow. When I got her to the vet, the vet noticed she was jaundiced and symptoms of renal problems. I asked if it was the Metacam and she hesitated and said “it shouldn’t be”… Cat is on IV fluids and we are awaiting test results. I came home to research Metacam and found all these postings. We are sick at heart and I will make calls to another good local vet to get second opinion.
Thanks for all your postings, folks. Wish I had read them earlier…

February 19, 2009 at 9:45 am
(90) Em says:

This site is a great resource as well.

March 1, 2009 at 2:02 am
(91) Pat Tracy says:

Our old rescue cat, Tom, is probably about 16 years old.
He’s a manx and had back problems intermittently for about seven years. When he was in a lot of pain, he received Metacam for up to a week at a time, one drop every second day. This past year he’s developed a brain tumour – he lost sight in one eye and has constant nasal discharge. He’s lost a lot of weight, and is clearly in ‘palliative’ care. To do any invasive surgery or radiation would mean having him suffer.
During the last two weeks he’s been restless, and I’ve been giving him a drop of metacam with his food each day. However, he’s now losing his appetite and I’m afraid he won’t last much longer.
Our vet is excellent and she advised us that metacam is hard on a cat’s kidneys – and, in the past, suggested that he only go on it for a week if he was in pain. I trust her judgment, and I believe her advice has been good. She never prescribed it after his dental surgeries or his previous eye or foot surgeries – or his neutering. Only for his severe back pain.

I hope this info helps …

March 4, 2009 at 4:11 am
(92) Pam says:

I wonder why the veterinarian who hosts this site has not weighed in on the topic? My vet gave me some of this on Saturday for our cat, age 13, who has dental disease & spinal arthritis. The cat never seemed to be bothered by any arthritis. She told me to give him 2 ml a day for 3 days, then reduce it to 1 ml a day until he can have dental surgery. Well, that might be a month or more! He is not a big cat, he only weighs 7½ lbs. I just thought I’d look up the drug, and I’m shocked by all I have read. I don’t think I’ll give him any more. I was not told about side effects, and I was not told to mix with food only. She just said to give it to him as long as he is eating. I pray that I have not done him any damage. I’ll be calling there tomorrow to see what they say about this.

March 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm
(93) Jetatai says:


My cat Fluffernutter just had a simple neuter today. He was given metacam injection during the surgery. I was also sent home with 3 pre-filled vials. The instructions are as follows:
give .42cc by mouth with food tonight, give .21cc with food next 2 nights for pain relief. I always check medicines online before administering or for myself. I am very concerned as all the posts I’ve read say nothing about administering this medication for a neuter. Should I call the vet and ask for something else? I don’t want him in pain, and he won’t need it longer than a couple days.
FYI: Fluffernutter weighs 6 lbs. 10 oz. He is 6 months old

March 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm
(94) Jarrad Weisman says:

My baby boy was killed by a veterinarian prescribed dosage of METACAM the MURDER drug!
We sued through his insurance company and were awarded $5346.98. Our costs to try to save our friend!
This is a full and total admission that the DEATH DRUG METACAM is not to be prescribed for felines!!!

April 1, 2009 at 11:51 pm
(95) Jennifer says:

I’ve read through most of these comments and some tend to concern me. My cat went in for a spay 2 weeks ago. She was perfectly happy when she came home. After 4 days, she was laying under the table not wanting to be touched or eat or drink. I got her into the vet and she was in kidney failure as well as extremely dehydrated. She spent 4 days at the vet on iv fluids, antibiotics, etc. She is home now, but we are still having to going in every day or so for fluids. She still isn’t eating well (lost 2 pounds in 4 days!!!) and I’m not willing to lose her as long as she isn’t suffering and there is hope.

What I want to point out to some of the cat owners that are on the edge of deciding whether or not to administer metacam is that cats don’t show signs of kidney failure until it is extreme and there is already at least 50% permanent kidney damage.

I have already spent upwards of $1000 and will probably be spending quite a bit more to administer subcutaneous fluids at home. Cats are much more tolerant of pain than you would think. If you’re concern is arthritis, change their diet. My 18 year old cat was running around like a kitten shortly after I started feeding him Natural Balance. There is always an alternative. I will never administer an unnecessary drug to any of my pets ever again.

-Holding out faith for Faith

April 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(96) Cindy says:

My 14 year old cat is on it (prescribed by a vet specializing in Cats). Its made a world of difference. Its a very low dose, .06 mg which is basically a drop, given only 3 times a week. I do take him for renal check every 3 months. He’s been on it for a year and everything is fine. His quality of life is much improved and isn’t that important?

April 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm
(97) Jannie says:

I live in central France. Recently I took in 2 cats as their owner had to return to England. Amongst the cats belongings were 2 containers of Metacam 0.5mg oral suspension. I was told by the owner that this was a WORMER that she bought OVER THE COUNTER. I haven’t used it on the animals but now I am concerned about what it might have done/not done to these cats.
Would she have been able to buy it direct from a chemist?


April 16, 2009 at 5:24 am
(98) 18 drops says:

Today a vet prescribed 18 drops of Metacam a day for my cat because the cat might have arthritis. I had this gut feeling this was way too much. Thankfully I found this website before giving the cat any. These stories on here about Metacam are just terrible!

May 12, 2009 at 1:06 pm
(99) paul says:

Yes ofcourse like all drugs, metacam makes the kidneys work harder therefore i would always advise a pre-an blood test before prescribing it longterm to any animal, and then repeating bloods ever 6 months after, in older cats even putting them on a special kidney diet like Hills K/D to help safeguard but you have to deal with what the problem is as it arises. If a 17 year old cat has bad arthritis then he is not happy, if metacam makes him happier and takes away his pain then you have to give him metacam (again after you test kidney and liver function in bloodwork). Yes the risk is there that it may have an effect on his kidneys but you take into account his age and whats best for him in that moment and you try to safeguard against possible side effects. You have to be realistic. Metacam is a great NSAID when used correctly. (Veterinarian speaking)

June 3, 2009 at 8:22 am
(100) Kay says:

This is truly worrying, my lovely cat Coco aged 16 has been through it recently she was rushed to the vet about a month ago with bleeding which I was told was caused by cystitus, while there she was also diagonosed with hyperthyroidism she had a unilateral (1) thyroid gland removal as the other one could not be removed that cost me £1,500! not funny when you are out of work anyway she had 3 teeth taken out at the same time which I wish I had not allowed she was prescribed metacam for 5 days which I tried to adminster but as she was totally off her food for the next 2 weeks after the thyroidectomy and the teeth removal it was impossible so the vet had to give her an injection of it, she still has the cystitus which I may have to take her back to check out she is having cystaid for that but she seems to not have any noticeable side effects from the metacam which I have been putting on her food in an injection dropper for a 5kg cat for the last 7 days, I have stopped it now, I was told it was a pain killer for her teeth? Anyway I will be finishing up the cystaid in another few days and keeping my fingers crossed that she continues to improve, I love her dearly and only want to do the best for her, her appetite has improved immensely and my only worries are the toilet habits with increased urination and faint blood in it, which I will get re-checked shortly, I wish everyone the best with their animals x

June 15, 2009 at 7:40 am
(101) Susan says:

Metacam killed my little cat Gracie, she was dead in 3 days (bleed to death). She had gone in the very back of the closet and bled, we didn’t see it until it was to late. If your animal is on this medication, WATCH THEM CLOSELY!

June 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(102) melanie says:

Do not give you cat Metacam. I gave it to my cat and now she has acute kidney failure.. She went in for surgery on her teeth and after administering the drug for two days . My cat was on her death bed within 12 days.. Please do not use this drug.

July 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(103) Shalini says:

I am very sorry to hear about all the kitties that got severly ill from Metacam. My sister’s cat, Fantomen, got acute renal failure after 2 days on Metacam, 2 years ago. His values were over the top and they had to hand feed him for months but he recovered. Now he has chronic renal failure with recurrent urinary tract infections.

What I find very distrbing is the common usage of pain killers as a first alternative. Yes, it might be necessary if there is no other way. But, considering the risks, especially for cats, with these kind of substances, NSAID usage should be avoided when there are other options.

I have two cats that would have been on painkillers, had I not opted for other ways of giving them a good quality of life. They are both 16 years.

Tjorven has spondylitis and arthritis and was lying in her bed all day since her back ached. I read up on arthritis and tried acupuncture for the pain. After the first session she jumped up on top of the TV. After 4 session she was completely well. That was 2 years ago. She gets acupuncture once every other or third week. She is lively as a kitten, running around, jumping and playing.

Mimmi, her sister, has arthritis in a leg. She used to be a bit nervous so going away for treatment was not a good option. Mimmi has gotten her life back with a combination of Cosequin (glucosamin + chondroitin), Denosyl (S-adenosylmethionin, it is used by people for depression, arthritis and liver problems although the indication for animals is only liver problems) and monochromatic light therapy (Biolight). She got light treatments every day for a week and started using her left foreleg again with an instant difference in muscle tone.

There are also massage, physiotherapy, TENS etc that can help with pain from arthritis/joints/muscles. My experience is that a combination of nutritional supplements and physiotherapeutic intervention can exclude or minimize the need for medical intervention.

Tjorven has also been prescribed Metacam för pain realted to cystitis. I refused to give this and at one occasion when pain medication was necessary I gave her a half dose of Tolfedine for 2 days when she had an acute bout of it.

I found that mannose which is excellent for UTIs will prevent Tjorven from having any trouble from her urinary tract. This is strange since mannose is only supposed to help with bacterial infections (which Tjorven has no sign of, no bacteria in samples). Since the product is totally harmless and is obviously helping, I reckon it has other beneficial effects. I give it with water 2 times a day which keeps all cystitis symptoms away.

So, please try other options before Metacam!


July 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(104) Stu says:

I took one of my cats to the vet six months ago as he was having problems peeing. I was told he was showing signs of having FLUTD – I was told to give him Metacam and continue to do so every time he has trouble peeing. I have been lucky so far as he’s only really suffered another twice with the last incident being last week. I noticed that the shelf life of the bottle is 6 months so I decided to go online tonight to see about buying another bottle . How horrified am I to find that Metacam can kill cats!! Is there any alternative as it’s really distressing watching him suffer when he can’t pee – the sad thing is that he really likes the taste of the Metacam and you can just inject it slowly onto his tongue as he licks the end of the syringe. I’ll be visiting my vet on Monday for advice on an alternative.

July 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm
(105) JR says:

My cat has Lymphoma and is dying from the cancer. The vet said at the most she will have 2 months from 2 weeks ago. I think it will be sooner than that. He prescribed Metacam to keep her comfortable. She’s been on it for 2 weeks and doing great! I don’t know if I would give it to my other cats unless they were already dying and needing something to keep them comfortable until the right time to put them down.

July 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm
(106) Kristy says:

I took my healthy 6ms old male persian Nipper, on Thursday july23 to get neutered and he came home played with his sister ate and then he started to lay around I was going to take him to the vet on monday to have him checked but he was dead monday morning they did an autopsy an said all was good, i asked for a copy of his records and found out they gave him.075ml of metacam i am wondering if this killed my Nip!!!! I will never let them administer that to any of my animals in the future!!! All they can say is sorry!! The only positive thing is that I lost my mom in Feb so I know she is taking care of my baby boy!!! Just becareful to those of you that believe in Metacam!!!!

August 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm
(107) E. Fitzgerald says:

My female cat Puss has spinal arthritis and her brother Tom had it in his hips. They are twins and 13 years old. She was very crouched over with it and not herself at all. Tom often gave a cry when he tried to scratch his ears – and he has also had both cruciat ligaments done in “07. The vet decided in March this year, to put them both on Metacam for cats at the dose of 0.05 per kilo of bodyweight. They were both 4 kg and that’s 4 on the syringe or 12 drops, but I only give it every 2nd day. On the packaging it says you can give it daily….. it really has helped them, but I’m worried about giving it now, particularly as Puss is off form for the last couple of days. I suppose if I have to decide do I let her suffer the pain of the arthritis, or chance my luck with the metacam – I’ll have to choose the metacam. I don’t know what else to do. I will hope for the best.

August 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm
(108) Brooke says:

My 13 yr old cat has a severe limp and both his front elbows are shot due to degeneration. My vet gave him an injection of the metacam the first time it was diagnosed, and he was immediately better, and it lasted for a week. Then the effect promptly wore off. She reluctantly prescribed it again, one drop every two days, and the effects are amazing, he has no limp and his appetitive is back. She did emphasize to be very careful about the dosage and to stop immediately if I notice any sort of symptoms developing. After reading this board, I may gradually try to wean him to once every three days, and talk to the vet about alternatives. He has advanced heart disease too, so I’m not sure how is overall prognosis is anyway, and I sure hate to see him in pain from his elbows.

September 1, 2009 at 9:49 am
(109) Sooz & Guinness says:

Hi all, I’ve just been recommended drug therapy as a post surgery treatment regime for a VAS IN my 9 year old tuxedo cat Guinness. Drugs would be a combination of cyclophosphamide and metacam and have been recommended by a specialising oncologist. As if the decision isn’t hard enough, I now read all these horror stories…. On a similar note, I lost my dog 2 years ago having been precribed prednisalone long term for a allergy related cough. I lost him within 9 months to kidney failure and I’ll never forgive myself for not researching it enough at the time. Needless to say I changed vets, but you have to be so careful and not be afrad to question everything.

November 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm
(110) lucy says:

Mycat went in for an operation because of a dislocated knee-cap, just before she went in for a second operation, because the first one failed, she was prescrbed metacam. she has been on it for 6 weeks, and we have become really worried about her because she seems to be really depressed and not herself at all, her condition also seems to have worsened as she is still limping, she is not eating properly and she has been sick a few times, and has a watery eye. she is only 3 years old and we just want the best for her, we have only had her for a few months and she has spent more of that time in a tiny cage than in the house because of this operation. This is very upsetting for us because our beautiful cat boe died of cancer, at 6 years old just before we got this cat, melodie. After reading this informmation we will definitely not be giving metacam to our very special cat. Does anyone know how long before we see an improvement in her condition?

November 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(111) jennie says:

Lucy , yes, there are alternatives. Go to natural remedies web sites , there quite a few out there. Vitalityscience.com carries an anti-inflammatory you could use in place of metacam. You can call them, and Steve, the person I spoke with, seems very knowledgable. There is also Pawhealer.com they work with chinese herbs and get some good results. There are written testimonials from clients on both sites. Just call and discuss your fears and hopes and maybe they can offer you something other than metacam. They both have toll free numbers. What can you lose? Just call and find out what they can do to help your kitty. Good luck, peace.

November 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm
(112) sandi says:

My little cat, Madame Shorty, who is 10 yrs old was just prescribed Metacam because she has very bad teeth infection. She was given an injection of Convenia too. The vet is running blood work and told me absolutely not to give her any of the Metacam until he gets the bw back to be sure her kidneys are ok. Then, she will have 1-3 teeth extracted and a major cleaning. The Metacam is for short-term use for her pain from the infected teeth….but I wonder if it’s effective for teeth pain too?

March 3, 2010 at 6:25 am
(113) alison says:

this is for the person wondering how to dose his cat with powdered metacam – don’t! Get the non-refrigerated liquid instead.. My older cat is like an adolescent again. I’m SO grateful to see the pain leave his eyes!

April 1, 2010 at 11:41 am
(114) jules says:

Its so heartbreaking to read all of these stories about so many family members & the pain the animals & owners have gone through.

My vets seem too free & willing to prescribe this in the UK too. I have been given metacam for an unknown infection for one of my cats 1 year ago when she only had a slight temperature at one of her yearly checks. I did give it to her but from reading this think I gave too much as the instructions in the packet (from manufacturer not vet) recommend 3 drops per kg weight & she was 5kg = 15 drops. I don’t recall giving her that many at any one time as I recall thinking it was too much but I definately gave her over 4 drops daily. This is metacam 0.5ml FOR CATS too, I used the product that IS recommended for cats.

I have just been precribed it again for my 3yr old cat as he has a cold & is also taking anti biotics. However I will not give him the metacam as I don’t think he needs it, he is not in pain. Had I read these comments before I wouldn’t have given it to my female cat either for only a temperature.

The vets seem too keen to prescribe this & freely/frequently recommend it. After they prescribed it for a cold I started to wonder & hence did the research & found this site.

Thankfully the cat I did give it to last year is fine & is due to turn 9 this year. I am however, throwing my metacam out & will only use if absolutely necessary & will NEVER give the full amount of drops the leaflet recommends.

Maybe the stuff available here in the EU is different to USA but still do not want to take the chance & harm my cats.

April 22, 2010 at 1:04 am
(115) Joshua says:

OK, there needs to be some balance here, so let me tell Thurman’s story.

About a month ago my cat came home with a dislocated leg and a broken pelvis. The day after the surgery went down, I picked my cat up with his prescriptions: Clavamox, Doxycycline and Metacam with instructions to administer for the first time the following night.

The following night I began mixing the cat’s food with his prescriptions, which included .75ml (calibrated to an 8# dose–my cat is closer to 10#) of the metacam. Of course as I’m measuring the Metacam in its syringe, I notice the picture of the dog. Putting the cat dish aside I call the vet. I get a tech who tells me yeah, yeah, it’s OK, they get this question all the time, it’s OK.

So I give the cat his food and meds, and only THEN do I get on the net to look up Metacam. And of course I find metacamkills.com and this site and I read the horrible stories about how Metacam is unsafe at the concentation that had been prescribed or how its unsafe when used more than once (I was sure that the vet had given a pre-surgery injection and then had administered another dose before discharge).

I’m in tears by this point, certain that I had poisoned my cat. If only I hadn’t put the food out after speaking to the vet . . . . I immediately threw out the Metacam, but it was of course too late to undo what the cat had already ingested.

I spent three horrible days in shock and in tears waiting for the symptoms of kidney failure, but you know what? Nothing happened.

Repeat: An injection and two days of .75ml dosages and nothing happened. Two weeks after I brought the cat home, he continues to recover with NO complications from the Metacam.

Don’t get me wrong: I will NEVER allow my cats to be given Metacam again. The risks are clear, I think, despite what reassurances my vets try to give me.

But for those who might be out there, who gave their cats this drug, and only afterward are finding out about it: please be reassured: this drug is not an automatic death sentence for your cat.

I wish that the night all this had gone down for me, I had been able to find just such a reassuring myself. Truth is truth and panic is panic. What is it that is being spread?

May 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(116) Michael says:

We buried out cat two nights ago. He died after being on Medicam for three weeks, during which time he went completely blind and suffered renal failure and anemia. Before that, he had been young and healthy.

Please do not allow your cat to be hurt or killed by Metacam, as we unwittingly allowed ours to be. We miss our cat very much.


June 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(117) Kathy says:

DON’T GIVE YOUR CAT METACAM. I strongly believe it killed my cat. The vet gave it to me after my cat had surgery and he died. IT was awful. You don’t want the guilt of poisoning your own pet. PLEASE research this before giving it to your pet. I would never give it to any other cat. I had no idea until after it was over. You don’t want to go through that believe me. Don’t risk their life. Be careful, Your cat is depending on you!!!! Once it is done , you can’t go back so please don’t do it!!!

June 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(118) Jackie says:

I was given this yesterday by my vet after my cat underwent minor surgery to staple her eye closed so an ulcer can heal. I had been giving her Buprenophine which seemed to relax her and help with any pain. Tonight however I gave her the first dose of Metacam which I mixed into her food. Dosage was 0.25mls. I was not advised to mix it in with food or of the potential side effects. I just did this because my cat is very difficult to administer medication to. I am now really worried after reading this as she is 17yrs old. I hope nothing awful happens to her. I will call my vet tomorrow and tell her I am not going to use it. It is not work the risk of losing a dear old friend.

June 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(119) Adrien says:

My 12 year old female cat was diagnosed with a bladder infection yesterday and I was sold Metacam as a pain reliever…I gave her one drop yesterday and a drop today…and after reading some of the “horror stories” of Metacam killing cats, the Metacam is now going in the garbage!

I plan to call my vet tomorrow and make him aware of the possible risks of using Metacam…the Provincial Veterinary Assoc. will also be getting an email…I just pray it doesn’t kill any more cats!

P.S. My cat “Sally” seems to be getting back to her old self…Thank God! :)

July 6, 2010 at 11:43 am
(120) Brandon R says:


My 10 year old cat was given metacam and now is fighting for her life in the hospital at the cost of 500.00 a day!

September 9, 2010 at 2:21 am
(121) Alicia says:



October 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(122) Sarah O'Brien says:

My cat just got neutered on 9-28-2010 and declawed. I was told to give Metacam to Nike once a day, and I did. On 9-30-2010 Nike started breathing fast, and the vet came over and fixed him. Well later that night Nike started breathing fast once more, with pain full meowing. I drove him to the hospital, and on the way there he stopped breathing. I smacked him to startle him to breath some more. The doctor did all he could do, but I had to put him down. His lungs filled up and he started throwing up blood and white stuff. All his veins collapsed, so they could not even put an IV on him. Nike was only 5 months old.
My other month 6 female cat Adidas was in the ICU for two day because of Metacam as well. Both my cats got spayed and neutered on the same day. So much for doing the right thing.

October 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(123) Sarah O'Brien says:

My cat just got neutered on 9-28-2010 and declawed. I was told to give Metacam to Nike once a day, and I did. On 9-30-2010 Nike started breathing fast, and the vet came over and fixed him. Well later that night Nike started breathing fast once more, with pain full meowing. I drove him to the hospital, and on the way there he stopped breathing. I smacked him to startle him to breath some more. The doctor did all he could do, but I had to put him down. His lungs filled up and he started throwing up blood and white stuff. All his veins collapsed, so they could not even put an IV on him. Nike was only 5 months old. My other month 6 female cat Adidas was in the ICU for two day because of Metacam as well. Both my cats got spayed and neutered on the same day. So much for doing the right thing.

December 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(124) Caren says:

Oh no,no, no! I can’t believe I just gave this to my 15 y/o cat, not even an hour ago. I normally research everything. Now I am having a panick attack, because I just gave him a 0.4 ml syringe orally and now I’m reading horror stories. I took him to the vet today for idiopathic cystitis, which he gets often. I even asked the vet for some pain meds, because he’s been walking in circles and crying in pain. I trusted her. I can’t believe she prescribed this to my cat, and I can’t believe I gave it to him. Why do vets prescibe this, if it is so dangerous? She said nothing about side effects, did no kidney testing, and there isn’t any kind of warning at all on the label she stuck on the package of 4 syringes. Thank God I only gave hime one, and he won’t be getting anymore. I hope I haven’t just killed my cat. I will sue the pants off of that vet. Why didn’t I read first.

I am in tears right now, and scared to death!

January 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(125) Tom says:

We have been giving our 15 yr old cat Metacam for 3 yrs. He get.s .22 ml every other day. He did have diarrhea at first when we were giving him a higher dose. We backed off to .22 ml evey other day and he is doing so much better. He could not jump on the couch until he started on the Metacam. I guess were lucky not to experience the horror stories I read on line. Always give with food and be careful about the dose. Use common sense.

January 11, 2011 at 12:15 am
(126) Jon Fremante says:

My cat died from Metacam. I brought him in because he was chasing his tail. He was totally healthy. the vet took x-rays and blood test. the blood test showed a totally healthy cat. The x-ray showed a small section of arthritus. The vet prescribed Metacam as an anit-inflamitory and told me to give him 18 ccs per day becasue the cat weight 18 pound. His kidney started failing immediatly. I treid for two months to turn around his kidney failure but I continues to get worse. No matter waht, I would not recomend a medicine that can cause this kind of damage to a cat. It is irresponsible of a vet to recoment it and irresponsible of the company that porduces the medicine to alow vets to use it “Off Label”.

January 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm
(127) kerry VET NURSE says:

my cat is almost 18. she has been on metacam for 5 years. she is on a low dose, she has regular blood tests to make sure her kidneys are ok, i monitor her water intake and keep an eye out for any vomiting/diarrhoea.
like with any medication, people should read the leaflets that come with it. if a cat starts vomiting or has diarrhoea, you stop the medication and go back to the vet. FFS if it was a child you would be right on the phone to the doctor. its common sense. dont blame the vet, dont blame the drug. i have worked in vets for 9 years and never seen death/renal failure from metacam. i have seen it give new leases of life to many arthritic animals. INCLUDING MY OWN.
take some responsibility in the entire situation.
look how much research and testing goes into drugs before they are allowed to be authorised, if it wasnt safe it wouldnt be on the shelf.

granted there were overdose cases prior to the release of cat metacam, as there was only dog metacam up until a few years ago which was 3x as strong, thus the product being diluted, but i havent heard of any overdose cases since the cat version was released, my cat absolutely loves it. she licks if off the syringe. its given her the ability to jump on the bed/on the sofa that she wasnt able to do when the crippling arthritis took ahold of her.

March 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm
(128) Vivien says:

Metacam worked wonders for my old dog and for my old cat for arthritic pain. The arthritis was affecting the nerves that controlled my dog’s bowels and she couldn’t tell when she needed to go. Once on Metacam she improved considerably and was again able to control her bowel movements.
My cat couldn’t jump up onto furniture and clawed her way up instead. She was ruining the furniture (and bed cover). Now she is able to jump up onto the bed and the couch which is good because we just bought new furniture! For the cat I just put 2 drops on her food. She eats it up. It was too hard trying to measure out such a small amount and fighting with her to get it into her mouth. the vet tested her kidney function before Metacam was prescribed.

May 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(129) Megan says:

My lil kitty, 7 1/2 months, just got home from being neutered/declawed and the vet gave me 3 syringes with Metacam. She said to give him the 0.1 dosage every 3 days. I just want to make sure that he is going to be alright.he is acting like nothing happened to him. other than sleeping alot. But i dont want to poison my little baby. it would just break my heart if i ever lost him. So am i doing the right thing or should i ask for something else.I dont have much money to spare and i wouldnt want to have to pay for something that the vet caused.

May 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(130) Emma says:

My cat got knocked down and he has fluid on his heart and lunngs, the vet give me metacam and when I give it to the cat he sleeps alot and also isnt eating is there, should I stop to see of he will eat or should I keep giving it him… I feel sooooo sorry fro him as he is only around a year old, and all he is doing is drinking lots of water.

May 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm
(131) lee says:

my cat,timmy is on metacam and he is doing well.He is 15 years and no problems

July 16, 2011 at 10:06 am
(132) Amanda says:

Wow. I am surprised at how many people are so willing to take these online anecdotes and throw their vet’s experience and knowledge out the window. Becoming a vet isn’t a super easy task.

My cat has terminal cancer. Metacam is the only thing that gives her any kind of semblance of life. I wish I could give her higher doses every day.

If your cat has acute/temporary pain, such as accompanying a spay/neuter, I could understand the hesitancy, though I think a low dose should be OK. But if your cat is in chronic pain, it is inhumane to withhold pain medicine just because so-and-so on the net said his cat died.

Your cat is your cat. Take caution, but relieve him/her from the pain of arthritis, cancer and other debilitating pain. Be kind and caring.

August 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm
(133) Helen says:

Amanda – ‘just because so and so on the net said his cat died’ – for me this would be ONE cat TOO MANY not to weigh up the risks versus the benefits.

Yes there are good vets, I can also from my own unfortunate experience, say there are careless ones too.

Why do you think the FDA (who are not pushovers by anyone’s standards) would put a black box label on the drug? Why do you think so many people would add their anecdotes to try and stop others just blindly trusting their vets without doing their own research too.

The problem is that vets can – and do – go ‘off label’ where they use their own judgment with regards to using a dosage not recommended and NOT even LICENSED for use in cats. Yes this does happen. We lost an otherwise healthy cat that we took to the vets for an infection. Overdose of Metacam meant we had to put her to sleep within a matter of a few short weeks.

I am sorry to hear your cat has cancer I really am. That would be the only reason where I would suggest Metacam to be OK without further consideration/weighing up etc.. Very few cat owners would willingly let their cat suffer pain but if you bothered to read the above people are saying ‘try the alternatives’ ‘do your research’ ‘make damn sure your vet knows what they’re doing’. And always be very careful with the dosage (the drug manufacturers themselves say there is a very narrow safety margin, meaning even relatively small overdoses lead to adverse reactions such as acute kidney failure) and always ask the vet to monitor your cat after giving them Metacam. That means blood tests to check kidney levels. A cat’s kidney levels will be damaged to 75% by the time you see any sign of clinical deterioration.

The drug’s adverse effects are well known in the industry, if the dosage is not administered safely people need to be aware. So forgive me, but a flippant ‘wow look at all these people taking notice of this’ is not looking at the facts.

October 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm
(134) dawn says:

I had a healthy puss for about 23 years after finding me when she had been ill treated. she was never ill, but after about 20 years developed an ulcer in her right eye. The vet talked about corneal transplants and removal of the eyeetc.I was horrified at the thought, but an antibiotic drop was prescribed to be applied to the eye, together with metam, administered by syringe. The vet did ask if she was drinkink ok, that was all. I managed to force 3 drops over 3 days, then she just gave up the will to live1 The vet said the acute renal failure could have an unrelated issue, but I am suspicious. After a completely healthy life, 23 years, it’s hard to imagine! Mitzi passed away in August, just days after I gave her metacam. I was given no warning by the vet! I miss her dearly and know she would have probably suffered sooner or later being of such an age, I just didn’t want it to happen this way. Please don’t use this drug!

November 28, 2011 at 4:23 am
(135) carmel says:

My cat peppy 14yrs has been diabetic since july 2011. He also has a bad leg with a pin which did not heal well 13yrs ago. Whilst at the vet I also enquired if he could give him somthing for his pain. His back legs are weak also because of the diabeties. He has been on Meloxicam Cat for about 16days. His glucose levels have gone wierd up and down. I have only just read that it can effect his appitite, and it has he only eats about half or less that what he should. I had stopped it several days ago. When I tested his blood I found it hard to find any and when I did get a drop it looked like serum. Anyway tomorrow I will get back to my vet with this infor. I hope no extra damage is done.

December 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm
(136) catherine says:

thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences with Metacam and I sympathise with those who have lost there beloved pets and rejoice with those for whom this drug is helping their pets.

I took my 14 year old female cat to the vet yesterday for gum infection causing her much pain and was given metacam.5mg oral suspension for cats to give once a day along with Noroclav antibiotic tablets.

My cat has not needed any vet treatment since she was born other than being spayed and once when a bone got caught in her throat. this is the first time I have taken her to my vet (I have another kidney failure cat with bad arthritis who goes regularly to this vet clinic).

I was only asked if she drank a lot of water and to watch out for side effects of either diahhorea or throwing up. I was not warned about dose proportions needing to be precise or the need to only be given with food. She told me that if my cat wouldn’t take it with food to squirt the dose into her mouth.

I am now very concerned and watching my cat like a hawk (she is currently asleep snoring :)

Thanks again to all for taking the time to post your stories. I am going to be very vigilant now and I am very upset with the vet for prescirbing this medication without informing me of all the possible side effects or the importance of dosage being precise or even taking her bloods beforehand! seems very irresponsible and my cat quite possibly wouldn’t need to take this risk but I would have opted just for the anitbiotics to start with had I known.

December 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm
(137) catherine says:

Back again to report on Sherry, Thank God I stopped using metacam when I did but I fear it might be too late! Sherry started drinking a lot of water the day after I stopped giving her the metacam, a sure sign of kidney failure. She has rarely drunk water before and today she has diahhareah! I phoned the vet and told them that my cats are never to have metacam and also reported that I should have been advised that it causes renal failure and the importance of dosage etc etc. so upset and just hoping my little girl pulls through. Will report again later and hopefully with good news!

February 22, 2012 at 3:46 am
(138) Barry says:

For those who still have doubts, here is the warning page directly from the FDA website.


“Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional injectable or oral meloxicam to cats. See Contraindications, Warnings, and Precautions for detailed information.”

My cat is right now battling for her life because I trusted the vet. No warnings, no nothing. This is a nightmare in a bottle. DO NOT USE THIS DRUG ON A CAT!

April 10, 2012 at 12:08 am
(139) awful says:

this is horrible to hear and so sad to read about all these stories of metacam…its horrible….many people’s stories were touching and its so sad your innocent pets had to suffer this way possibly because of this stuipd drug…. this is terrible…why they’re prescribing this is ridiculous. I had kittens spayed and was given metacam as a painkiller afterwards, however, my intuitiion just told me not to give the painkiller for some reason….and now i find out it was probably correct. I still saved the metacam…I didnt know the name of the medication until now– my cat had an abscess and i took her to the vet. The vet prescribed or wanted to give a painkiller for later, but i refused…b/c of the cost….so i found the metacam from months ago and was going to use it but looked this up….this is really sad to know all this

April 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(140) Regretful says:

Here’s another thing you may want to watch for if you’re giving your cat Metacam – constipation.
I put my girl down April 15th, 2012. She had acute renal failure. She was 13.
My vet gave me Metacam for her arthritis. After giving her the drug, she became constipated. I asked if Metacam could have this side-effect, and was told no.
I continued use for pain. Her health deteriorated over time. It was so bad on April 15th that it warranted a visit to the ER.
When I took her in, she was suffering from severe constipation and vomiting. I asked the tech if the constipation could be related to Metacam and was told “from what we know about it in cats, no.”
The blood work showed acute renal failure. I was told “her kidneys aren’t processing fluids, and her body is trying to get water from wherever it can, so it’s absorbing it more from the food, which is why she’s constipated.”
If the drug caused the ARF, it led to dehydration, which led to constipation.
A implies B implies C.
For a potentially lethal drug, I am surprised at how casually it was given to me. Never a mention of the possible toxicity. Never any warnings.
My hope is that you’ve done your research BEFORE you put your cat on this. I did mine too late, and I feel so guilty about it. All I wanted to do was ease her pain, and I ended up being the unwitting instrument in causing not only more pain, but her death as well.

May 12, 2012 at 9:14 am
(141) BlueBell says:

My elderly 20 year old calico has had arthritis for 3 years and the vet would only prescribe glucosamine, which had NO effect. She has trouble walking and sever atrophy in her rear legs We were contemplating putting her out of her misery. Then a year ago I read an article about Metacam. Decided to give it a try. Within a month of giving her Metacam she was a new cat. She has been on the medication for 1 year now and is doing well with NO problems. Our cat comes with us on our boat and is able to manuever wherever she wants to go. Thumbs up for Metacam. Really a wonder drug for our cat.

March 4, 2013 at 9:37 am
(142) Pattie says:

My cat was prescribed Metacam after surgery and I had to rush her to the hospital a few days after her last dose. It ended up that she was in renal failure. She spent 5 days in the hospital and I consider myself very lucky to have been able to bring her home on Friday the 1st.

I wish I would have known about Metacam before she was prescribed it.

Most importantly, the Metacam Solution for Injection was approved for one-time use only in cats in 2004. This was prescribed to my cat for 3 successive days following surgery. This is not illegal use – the FDA only monitors drug companies, not veterinarians – but it is known as off-label use and is not recommended.

In the safety study to get this approved for cats, they tested 320 cats. 105 ended up with kidney failure, 48 died, and 35 ended up being euthanized. This information was taken from the FDA’s Adverse Drug Experience reports.

For the sake of your cat’s health, and your peace of mind, please ask your vet beforehand what pain medication he uses and would prescribe for your cat. If it’s Metacam, please ask if there is something else that could be used that has less of a chance of threatening your cats life.

March 16, 2013 at 12:27 am
(143) Heather says:

used Metacam on my BuddyBear in 2002. He was a very tall and big boned cat. ( Ragdoll) At that time he was 12 and weighed 19.7 pounds. We used it for joint pain relief. 2 or 3 drops on his food daily. It worked a miracle on him and his movement. But I was warned of poss. risks. So we checked his boolwork every 2 months. We used it for eight months without any signs of trouble. When we did the bloodwork at 10 months, he had elevated liver values, not kidney, just liver. So they wanted to do bile acid tests, thought he was in liver failure. I did not do them, I took him off the Metacam, and retested ,after just a month his liver values were normal. BuddyBear lived to be 17 and never had any other liver issues show up on his bloodwork. He died of what they think was a stroke. He did develope hyperthyroidism at 15. So just a thought, It seems to harm more than kidneys

May 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(144) Nina says:

My 4 year old cat was just diagnosed with stomach cancer. They did exploratory surgery and couldn’t do anything to help him. I brought him home to die. I just read up on flaxseed diet and would like to try it on him but he is on Metacam for the pain and swelling from the surgery. 0.1 ml for 5 days. Can I start him on the diet now or should I wait?

June 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm
(145) Sammy says:

I am convinced that Sammy, my companion of the past 18+ years, nearly died of renal failure thanks to Metacam. He has been on it for a few months now. Originally, I went to the vet because his anal gland was impacted, and she prescribed it for a few days. He loved it, and it seemed to be helping with his arthritis, so I figured we could keep it up every 4 or 5 days as needed. I was never told it was not for cats, and when I read the label was very alarmed but decided to trust my vet. She never warned me how serious the risks were for his kidneys, just that it could be hard on them and to only use as needed. Well, he had another abcess and it just refused to heal due to where it was. so he was on Metacam pretty much everyday while it was healing. We got a cream finally, 4 days ago, Viaderm KC, which worked wonders but he was licking it off. I intended to get him off the daily doses anyway, but last night proved I absolutely must stop giving it to him. My cat suddenly became so ill. He was practically unresponsive, seemed depressed beyond belief, wouldn’t purr, would barely even look at me, hardly moved, was sick and vomitting white foam all day, had diarrhea and seemed constipated at the same time. He even tried to hide in the basement a few times before I closed the door so he couldn’t. I have never seen him like that in all his 18 years. I just spent the entire night crying, force-feeding him water, and trying to nurse him back to health. I am so fortunate that today he is responsive, purred again finally, and even eating a bit. Besides, he likes the attention he gets from my family when we see him walking slower than usual. Love is the best medicine.

February 25, 2014 at 4:34 am
(146) monica says:

My small cat had a bad ulcer on her tong- due to licking some disinfectant that got on her coat, she had to go to hospital and while there was given 0.5 ml too much of Metacam. She was meant to be in for one night but spent 6 there in the end and they charged me over £700.

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