Hi Meredith, Dave, Marti and everyone who is concerned,
The story is about our boy Shorty the “boss man” of our 4 cat family.
Shorty is a 7 years
old red short haired Tabby. We named him Shorty because he was
born with a stubby tail. We’ve raised Shorty from being a
playful 8 week old kitten to a 15 lb package of mature and loving
cat. Five years ago Shorty was diagnosed to be FIV positive, so
ever since then we’ve been especially protective of his
environment and EVERYTHING he does. I must say, that before the
FIV diagnosis Shorty was allowed outside for 1-2 hours daily.
After the diagnosis and ever since he’s been strictly a house
About 2 months ago Shorty started limping. He avoided putting any weight
on his left front paw. He had difficulty climbing up on the couch
or chairs (his favorite place to sleep), and once here was there
he didn’t want to jump down. Apparently he was suffering quite a
bit of pain. He just about abandoned the couch and secluded
himself under our bed, choosing to spend the entire day there.
Around the beginning of Dec. we took Shorty to our vets where they did a
very thorough check-up, but couldn’t find anything definite. She
did suspect a beginning of arthritis and recommended Cosequin.
This is a Joint Health Supplement in powder form which we mix in
After about a month of Cosequin (he gets two capsules per day) we noticed
a minimal improvement, so on Tues. 1-11-10 we took him back to the
vets. After another thorough check-up she recommended Metacam. She
did tell us that it was especially formulated for dogs and told us
to administer it daily for one week.
Just as with Marti who reported on 1-5-10 (Zoe’s Story) she advised us
to administer it on a full stomach for 7 days. She told us
to watch for diarrhea and/or vomiting and to call if any of those
problems occurred. No additional information about the
possible side effects of Metacam were offered.
After the second dose we did notice that the limping, although still
noticeable, was very minimal, obviously showing a sign of
improvement. This mirrors what Marti reported: “The doctor
mentioned that she would begin using the paw while still on the
medication because it was an anti-inflammatory and pain killer.”
So far so good. We thought we were winning the battle until today
(1-14-10) when I decided to search the internet to look for some
info on Metacam. Yours was the first website that came up with my
After reading a lot of the horror stories of other cats and their “can
openers” I again have to quote Marti: “I was shocked, alarmed,
appalled and horrified when I read the countless stories of cats
being harmed by Metacam.” Needless to say I chucked the Metacam
in the trash.
We’ll be observing Shorty and his behavior in the coming days watching
for any of the signs and or symptoms of Acute Renal Failure. So
far he’s been behaving normal, eating is favorite dry food and
drinking adequate quantities of water. His deposits in the litter
box appear to be normal also, so lets kept our fingers crossed.
We want to thank all of the contributors to this website and extend our
sympathies to those of you who have suffered. Hopefully you and
your experiences helped save us from the same ill fate. Still in
all, this is another Horror Story.
Bob, Carmen and Shorty