Cat Friendly Practice

At the San Francisco SPCA, our team of skilled veterinarians is available to provide feline-friendly care that is based on compassion and an understanding of the unique needs and nature of cats. As a Cat Friendly Practice, we offer safe, designated waiting areas designed to reduce stress and keep feline patients comfortable. At our Mission Campus, clients are invited to bring cats into a private room that is quiet and removed from other canine patients.

We have dedicated “cat advocates” who are constantly looking at ways to improve our interactions and care for feline patients. Additionally, we have staff who are members of the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well as those who routinely attend continuing education courses centered on feline medicine and surgery. It is our priority to ensure that every pet we see is treated with the highest level of expert care.

If you would like more information on Cat Friendly Practices, please visit the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Did You Know?

Studies show that older cats visit the veterinarian less often than younger cats and that guardians of indoor cats are less likely to place a priority on veterinary care than guardians of outdoor cats. Meanwhile, canine companions are more than twice as likely to visit their veterinarian every year than their feline counterparts!

  • Forty-one percent of cat guardians visit the veterinarian only for vaccinations. 
  • Thirty-nine percent of cat guardians say they would only take their cat to the veterinarian if the cat was sick. 
  • Sixty percent of cat guardians report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
  • Thirty-eight percent of cat guardians report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the vet.


Wellness exams should occur at least once a year for all cats, and more frequently for senior cats and those with chronic conditions. Felines are masters of disguise and are particularly adept at hiding illness. Whether your cat is primarily indoors or has an occasional outdoor adventure, establishing a healthy baseline and a positive relationship with your veterinarian is critical in ensuring that your cat lives a healthy, happy life.

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