I also have a possible Metacam story, though nothing can be proven and
my cat is nearly 4 years gone.
Elliott had just turned 16 when he was in a deep sleep on top of the
television on July 4, 2006, and fell off the television, about a 3 1/2
foot fall. Anyway, he landed awkwardly, with his hind legs in an
extreme split/splay, and was "paralyzed." I bundled him up to the
emergency vet nearby prepared to put him to sleep for a broken back.
X-rays revealed no fractures, the vet deemed his injury a sprain, and
gave him a shot of Metacam. He was up and about walking on his own
within 36 hours.
He did have dental problems (an extraction for a neck lesion when he
was 3, and he had another cleaning at the age of 9, but the smalltown
vet where I lived at the time said no more dentals under anesthesia for
Elliott because of his age.
Then he started to lose weight, which I figured was "old cat syndrome."
I did not notice he was drinking more water, and peeing more, because
all of his life E enjoyed his water ;) Then he
started to have a funny smell, and off to the vet he went, about 4
months after the Metacam was given. The vet took one look at him and
said "This cat has CRF" confirmed by labs. He was treated with IV
fluids for a couple of days, and came home on Christmas Eve 2006
receiving daily SQs, daily potassium (oral), daily tagamet (SQ),
three-times-a-week B complex (SQ) and twice-a-week SQ Epogen. He
did begin to turn things around and gain weight, but died on March 16,
2007 after suffering grand mal seizures, worsening renal failure, all
labs seriously out of whack and a worsening of a heart murmur. The
treating vet would not share any opinion regarding the Metacam (she is
not the vet who gave the Metacam in July), but now on all of my cats'
charts on the cover in big black sharpie ink is written "No Metacam
One vet (we use a cats-only group practice) praised me for the decision
and says she hates the stuff for cats. For her, it's a drug of last
resort and pretty much reserved for kitties who are already terminally
If I have to take one of the cats to the emergency vet (which has
happened), immediately after filling out the paperwork I write "No
Metacam for any reason." Even if the cat is febrile, no Metacam. That
was the case with my FHV+ Scottie after a double dental extraction and
cleaning, who ended up at the emergency vet because we ran out of pain
medication. Vet asked me how I knew about Metacam and I told her I'd
just lost a cat to CRF a month before and I think the Metacam is what
pushed him over the edge.
So your website has made a difference for my six felines ;)
San Jose, CA