Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in cats: a review

Vet Anaesth Analg. 2007 Jul;34(4):228-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2006.00322.x. Epub 2007 Apr 23.


Objective: To review the evidence regarding the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in cats.

Databases used: PubMed, CAB abstracts.

Conclusions: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be used with caution in cats because of their low capacity for hepatic glucuronidation, which is the major mechanism of metabolism and excretion for this category of drugs. However, the evidence presented supports the short-term use of carprofen, flunixin, ketoprofen, meloxicam and tolfenamic acid as analgesics in cats. There were no data to support the safe chronic use of NSAIDs in cats.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
  • Cat Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Cats
  • Pain / drug therapy
  • Pain / veterinary*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal