A SERIOUS WORD OF WARNING! - REGARDING
METACAM FOR CATS.
PLEASE READ THIS:
I recently lost a cat who was a very dear friend through I believe
using Metacam prescribed by the vet. My cat was a nineteen and a
half year old medium sized female who had been suffering from mild
joint problems when walking for about two years. This seemed to get
a little worse this winter although she had reasonable mobility
other than leaping.
My vet prescribed 3-4 drops of Metacam once a day and much to my
deep regret I gave this to her religiously in a drop of cream every
morning for about five weeks before she became very ill through
kidney failure and was eventually put to sleep.
She had a kidney function blood test about two years ago and at that
time was OK although she had been drinking a fair bit of water off
and on for about three years partly it was thought because of poor
teeth and inflamed gums. This was known by the vet who prescribed
I noticed an increased passing of urine in her tray during the first
few weeks after starting the Metacam but I put it down to the
exeptionally hot spell and also blamed the heat when her appetite
slowly declined in early June after about four weeks. By the time I
took her to the vet it was too late.
I don't really believe in coincidence. In my opinion the doses of
Metacam had pushed her fragile kidneys over the edge and brought
about her premature end.
They had told me Metacam was very safe but I've since done research
on the web and there are clear warnings of the dangers regarding
using NSAIDS generally especially on older cats with liver or kidney
problems without the benefit of a current blood test.
I think the message is quite clear, If in doubt don't use Metacam on
older cats who's kidney function is probably deteriorating.
PLEESE HEED THIS WARNING! - its better to have your loved friend
with decreased mobility than not at all. Take my word for it.