What Is Metacam Used for in Cats?

By Susan Paretts

Metacam, also known by its generic name meloxicam, is a liquid medication produced by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. It is typically given as an injection to cats, although it may be given orally. This medication is used mainly to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by some surgical procedures and to help manage the pain of chronic inflammatory conditions.

Metacam in Cats

Metacam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is approved for use in cats by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It helps to reduce the amount of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2, which is the main chemical that causes painful inflammation, according to VeterinaryPartner.com. Your vet may inject your cat with this medication prior to orthopedic surgery or surgery to spay or neuter your feline friend. By reducing the amount of COX-2 in her body, it helps to reduce any post-operative inflammation and make her feel more comfortable.

Other Metacam Uses

While it is only approved by the FDA for use as a one-time injection in cats prior to surgery, your vet may prescribe Metacam "off label" in its oral form for longer term pain management in cats. It typically is used to reduce the discomfort caused by chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gingivitis. If your vet gives you this medication to administer to your cat on a long-term basis, it is imperative that you use it only as directed because it can cause kidney failure and death in cats if given incorrectly.