If you’ve ever had a pet with aches and pains, or have seen your vet for treatment of these kinds of issues, you’ve likely heard the word ‘Metacam’. It’s an anti-inflammatory that is used quite frequently when trying to alleviate the pain of your pets. But it is said to be a cure for the pain that may cause death in your pets.
“Metacam killed my cat! He had a bad seizure and went downhill so quickly, I didn’t even have time to get him to the vet. When it happened, I thought he was going into kidney failure, but now that I’ve looked into it, I realize there’s a direct link between seizures and the drug he was given. I want to share my story in hopes that no one else will lose their furry friend due to this medication. It’s called Metacam and it’s prescribed for pain relief, especially in cats who are recovering from surgery or injury. While it’s widely known to be ‘safe’ (and thus legal to sell), there are many cases of injury and death that have been linked directly to this drug.”
“My name is Karen and I am the owner of a cat named ‘Duchess’. The vet gave us a prescription for Metacam for her pain. We followed the instructions on the box and gave it to her once as instructed by the vet, but it didn’t seem to help her pain at all. Then I read an article that said Metacam could be toxic to cats so I discontinued giving it to her. A month later we noticed that Duchess wasn’t eating much or drinking water, so we took her back to the vet. We found out that she had kidney failure and that everything had shut down! Before going into renal failure, she never had any problems with her kidneys.”
Can Metacam make my cat sick?
Metacam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) used to relieve pain and inflammation caused by various conditions such as knee or joint problems. However, many cat owners have reported that their cats have suffered serious side effects and even death after being given Metacam, especially following long-term use.
Meloxicam has been associated with acute renal failure and death in cats, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).
If you notice any of the following symptoms after giving your pet Metacam, contact your veterinarian immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Itching or hives
Less common side effects include abdominal pain, bleeding from the stomach or intestines (which can be fatal), liver problems (which can also be fatal), and kidney failure.
Some cats may suffer from an allergic reaction to meloxicam, resulting in breathing problems and swelling of the face or paws.
To reduce the risk of adverse reactions, it’s important to give your cat Metacam exactly as your vet prescribes.
Don’t give Metacam to your cat if she:
- is allergic to meloxicam or any other ingredient in the medicine
- has heart, kidney, liver, or lung problems
- has gastrointestinal problems
- has bleeding disorders or is taking anticoagulant medicines
- is pregnant or lactating (producing milk)
What happens if you give a cat too much Metacam?
In most cases where kidney failure occurred, the cats were given a dose larger than recommended or more frequently than recommended. Other reported adverse reactions include vomiting, lethargy, anorexia, and diarrhea.
When kidney failure occurs, animals stop eating, vomit, urinate less often and become lethargic. This side effect can happen within 24 hours of receiving an overdose of meloxicam or it can happen several days after stopping this drug.
How long does it take for Metacam to leave a cat’s system?
Metacam has a short half-life in cats, which means that it works quickly and leaves their systems quickly. It is not stored within the body, so it takes approximately 24 hours for the drug to leave the cat’s system.
Can cats have Metacam without food?
Metacam can be given directly into the mouth or mixed with food or water. The correct dose depends on your cat’s weight, so it is very important to give the right amount. Metacam is usually given once a day. However, if you have been told to give it more often, follow the instructions given by your vet.
Can Metacam cause seizures in cats?
Yes, Metacam can cause seizures in cats. A seizure is an abnormal, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain and can be fatal.
Does Metacam for cats need to be refrigerated?
Store meloxicam at room temperature, away from extreme heat, cold, and moisture. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Do not use after the expiration date stated on the bottle.
The reviews for Metacam are overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers praising its effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation in their pets. There are some negative reviews that cite possible side effects, but these appear to be relatively rare. Reviewers also note that you should consult your veterinarian before using it.
One reviewer said their cat’s kidneys failed because they were on too high of a dose. Another said their cat was on the wrong dose for an extended period of time. And one person said their cat became dehydrated because they didn’t give them enough water when taking Metacam (it can cause dehydration).
“My cat has torn ligaments in one leg of the rear leg. We have been using Metacam for about a month now. It seems to be working very well. The vet said that this could help relieve some pain and inflammation. I also give him vitamin B1, as it is a good anti-inflammatory.”
“My old cat suffered from a broken hip when she was 8 years old and had constant pain in her rear legs throughout her life. Metacam was the only medication that helped her stay active and happy until she died at the age of 20.”
“My cat has arthritis and Metacam helps her maintain mobility. She’s an indoor cat but still loves to run around the house, climb into her favorite chair, etc. When we ran out of medicine, she was a lot less mobile and it looked like it hurt her to move around at all. I’m very grateful to have found this product!”
“This really worked on my cat. He had a limp and was just not himself. After four days of this, he is moving around much better and seems to be feeling much better. At first, I didn’t give it to him very often because I was afraid it would hurt his kidneys but no problems there either. I am so glad I found this product because my vet wanted to give him shots every month that were a lot more expensive than this stuff.”
“My kitty is 10 years old and had been in pain from arthritis for about 6 months. It was hard for her to jump up on the bed or couch and she would cry when she tried to lay down or get up. She also did not want anyone touching her hind legs or hips. After 3 days of Metacam she was back to her old self; playing, jumping, running, grooming herself, etc.”
Conclusion of Metacam for cats
Meloxicam is the most commonly prescribed NSAID for dogs and cats. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has been used in human medicine for years to treat pain, inflammation, and fever. While it is quite safe and effective, there are potential side effects of meloxicam in cats.
Metacam, like any drug or medication, can sometimes cause side effects. The most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea, but you should also be aware of more serious side effects and know what to do if you suspect your cat is having an adverse reaction to the medication.
There are a couple of ways to reduce the likelihood your cat will experience adverse reactions. To begin with, it’s important that you follow the dosage instructions carefully and only give Metacam for as long as it is prescribed. If your cat doesn’t seem to be responding well to the treatment, you should seek further advice from your veterinarian.
The most common side effects seen with meloxicam are gastrointestinal disturbances such as vomiting and diarrhea, anorexia, lethargy, and behavioral changes. If these symptoms persist or are severe then contact your vet as soon as possible.
The FDA discourages the use of Metacam in cats with kidney disease or without a veterinarian’s prescription. You should always consult your veterinarian before administering this medication to your cat.
As discussed above, it can cause damage to your cat’s kidneys and liver, especially if he receives higher doses than recommended. It can also cause ulcers in the stomach or intestines and GI bleeding.
As an alternative to Metacam, you may want to consider trying a natural supplement to treat your cat’s pain or inflammation. Supplements like Canna Companion & Only Natural Pet Calming Hemp Soft Chews contain hemp and an extremely small amount of THC so they won’t get your pet “high”. The hemp contains phytocannabinoids that interact with the ECS (endocannabinoid system) in your pet’s body to help reduce pain and inflammation naturally without the side effects associated with NSAIDs.