What is Metacam?

Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is a type of painkiller used for the treatment of arthritis, musculoskeletal or surgical pain in cats. Metacam is one of the most popular medicines used by vets in the UK to treat arthritis in cats1. Therefore, it plays a vital role improving quality and enjoyment of life for cats with arthritis.

Where can I buy Metacam?

Metacam is only available with a prescription from your veterinary surgeon.

How does Metacam work?

Metacam works by relieving pain and inflammation (swelling) associated with arthritis, certain types of injury and surgical pain.

How is Metacam given?

Metacam oral suspension can be added to food or given directly into your cat’s mouth, making it very easy to give. Metacam oral suspension for cats has even been awarded International Cat Care’s Easy to Give Award.

Use the dose that your vet prescribes.

What is the dose of Metacam?

Your vet will prescribe the dose required by your cat, so always follow their instructions carefully. If you have any questions relating to the dose of Metacam please contact your veterinary practice directly.

What is the flavouring in Metacam?

Metacam oral suspension has a honey flavour, which most cats love.

How long will my cat require treatment with Metacam?

The use of Metacam in the treatment of arthritis is generally for the rest of your cat’s life. Your vet will advise how long the treatment course needs to be following surgery or injury.

What if I forget a dose of Metacam?

If you forget a dose, do not give an extra dose or a larger dose; simply give your cat the usual dose at the next scheduled time. This may mean missing a daily dose.

Does Metacam have any side effects?

Normally, cats tolerate Metacam very well. If your cat becomes unwell or you are worried at all, you should contact your veterinary practice immediately. You should stop giving Metacam until your vet advises that you can continue using it. This is because in some cases, Metacam and other medicines like it can cause side effects, so your vet needs to ensure any changes that develop in your cat are not related to the medicine they are taking. Occasionally, side effects such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood in faeces, unusual tiredness or problems with the kidneys have been reported in cats. Other signs are very rare, but if you are concerned about your cat for any reason, please discontinue treatment and contact your vet for advice.

Will my vet need to see my cat regularly?

When Metacam is being used for arthritis, as with any long-term medicine, your vet will need to see your cat regularly to ensure they are in good health. The frequency of visits will depend on a number of things, such as whether your cat has any other illnesses and their age. Vets may recommend performing blood and/or urine tests to check your cat’s health status when they see them. When Metacam is being used after surgery or for an injury your vet will be able to tell you how often you will need to visit.

What sizes of Metacam are available?

Metacam oral suspension for cats is available in 3 ml, 15 ml and 30 ml bottles.

How long will a bottle of Metacam oral suspension last my cat?

Size of cat (kg) Metacam oral suspension for cats bottle size
3 ml 15 ml 30 ml
Length of treatment at maintenance dose
  Approx. days Approx. weeks Approx. weeks
2 14 11 21
3 10 7 14
4 7 5 11
5 6 4 9
6 5 4 7
7 4 3 6

What if I accidentally give too much Metacam or another pet eats the Metacam?

If you think your cat has had too much Metacam (an overdose), or another pet has taken it when it wasn’t prescribed for them, you should immediately contact your veterinary practice for advice. Tell the veterinary surgeon the full details of how much was ingested and when.

I have lost my Metacam cat dosing syringe, how can I get a replacement one?

Your vet will be able to supply you with a new Metacam cat dosing syringe; ask them to phone Boehringer Ingelheim to request additional dosing syringes.

Is there anything I can do to help support the health of my cat’s joints?

With some small changes to your cat’s lifestyle, you can help support the health of their joints. As your cat can’t control what they eat and drink themselves, make sure you keep them at a healthy weight to avoid extra strain on their joints. Regular, gentle exercise through playing with your cat can prevent their joints from stiffening up so they can remain active. Your vet may also suggest that you give your cat a joint health supplement, such as Seraquin. This is a nutritional supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin and curcumin; all of which help support the normal function of your cat’s joints.

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