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Metacam AND Cats AND side effects ???

October 13th, 2005, 08:49 PM
I brought Sabrina to the vet due to a cornea infection and the vet prescibed Metacam oral (0.5 ml/day). After maybe one or two days, she started throwing up (after eating dry food) :sad: , so I fed her canned food each time after she throwed up and she's ok with that. I did a search on Metacam AND cats AND side effects and most of the websites say the same thing. In US, metacam oral is not used on cats due to possible GI side effects including vomiting, diarhea, loss of apetite, ... I am going to stop the metacam today but will continue using the eye cream the vet prescribed. There doesn't seem to be any other problems with her. Should I bring her to the vet today or not? She doesn't throw up with canned food. :confused:

October 14th, 2005, 07:33 AM
I would suggest you call your vet and speak to him/her directly. Your vet will be able to tell you for sure. There are other medications that can be used instead of Metacam if your cat is indeed having a reaction to it.

The canned food may be helping settle her tummy better than the dry food. It never hurts though to call your vet and double check whether or not to continue with the Metacam.

October 15th, 2005, 11:21 PM
I have never used Medacam with my cats, I did however, use it with my dogs for HD. My vet gave me something to coat their stomaches when they first started to use it to make sure that it didn't upset their tummies.

I know that one of the side effects of short term use in dogs is disgestive system upset, I would think it would be the same with cats. With long term use in dogs, a blood profile needs to be done every 6 months or so to ensure it is not affecting internal organs such as the liver.

Personally, I would discontinue use until I spoke with my Vet.

October 16th, 2005, 11:17 AM
My understanding was that oral Metacam is not recommended for cats. In dogs it is important that it is administered with food. I would not give my cats this drug.

Here are some links for you:

Google search results ( )

Metacam Info (

Metacam Injectable for Cats (note "precautions") (

"Currently no oral product has been approved for species other than dogs. Feline use is off-label and should be done with specific veterinary guidance if at all." (