ZenCat is a feline-exclusive holistic house call veterinary practice, offering cats and their guardians the opportunity to achieve optimum health and wellness where kitties are happiest… in the comfort of their own home!
The ZenCat holistic approach means that all aspects of your cat and his or her lifestyle are taken into consideration. Most veterinarians limit their scheduled appointments to 15 minutes, but ZenCat appointments are scheduled for at least one hour. This allows enough time to perform a full physical exam, and time to discuss nutrition (the foundation of wellness), water availability and intake (the key to keeping kitty’s kidneys healthy), litterbox assessment, behavioral issues, and anything else you’d like to discuss with the vet.
ZenCat offers Western and Eastern treatment modalities, pharmaceutical alternatives, blood work, urinalysis, fecal exams, vaccinations, parasite control, eye tests, minor surgery, dental cleanings, and ultrasound. We specialize in chronic disease management for arthritis, kidney disease, hyperthyroid, feline herpesvirus, heart disease, and diabetes, palliative and hospice care, quality of life assessment, and in-home euthanasia – the last, greatest gift you can give your kitty when it’s time to transition from this life to the next.
Founded in 2017 by Dr. Phoenix Watt, the crazy cat lady who went to veterinary school, ZenCat's mission is to ensure that your cat receives the best possible treatment by a veterinarian who really loves and cares for cats. This is not what Dr. Phoenix observed during the thousands of hours spent preparing for veterinary school, and during veterinary school, working in dozens of well-respected hospitals and other clinical settings, where cats were often treated as second-class citizens. That’s not fair to the cat or her guardian. So her goal in creating ZenCat is to bring best-in-class veterinary care into your home, creating the best possible experience for your cat, and you!
Over the decades, Dr. Phoenix has been the doting guardian of many wonderful cats, which means that, like her clients, she's been a consumer of veterinary services for a long time. Most vets go to high school, then university, then vet school, lacking the practical experience of being on the consumer side of veterinary medicine. But Dr. Phoenix knows what that’s like, and feels her experiences inform her practice and make her a better vet.
Our clients love ZenCat because they don’t have to go through the nightmare of shoving an unwilling cat into a carrier, driving with their poor baby wailing in the back seat during the long drive, sitting in a reception area with barking dogs and noisy videos, and then having to take the carrier apart to get the cat out… all in order to talk to a doctor for five minutes! (And of course, the experience is exponentially worse trying to take multiple cats to the vet at once!) They know that with a ZenCat house call the veterinarian comes to the house, kitty is examined in his calm, Zen-like, familiar home surroundings, and nothing is rushed.
What really makes us unique is that we are a holistic house call veterinary practice exclusively for cats. ZenCat also supports the nonprofit ZenCat Foundation, dedicated to educating cat owners, and providing veterinary services to the underserved in our community. Dr. Phoenix has never taken a paycheck for her work on behalf of ZenCat, preferring to use the income from her paying clients, and donations, to allow her to provide veterinary services to those who could not otherwise afford it through the ZenCat Foundation.
What makes us stand out is that we LOVE cats, and are dedicated to making veterinary services available to every cat at every life stage.
Doesn’t your cat deserve a little more Zen in her life? Call us today for an appointment at (760) 443-7241, or click on the button below to visit our online booking page.
Escondido, CA 92026
Appointments are generally scheduled between 11am and 4pm Monday through Friday. If you require a veterinary visit outside those times, just call, text or email us so that we may accommodate you.
ZenCat serves the following communities: Escondido, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, 4S Ranch, Del Sur, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Del Mar, La Jolla, San Diego, Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Valley Center.
Since it's inception in 2017, Dr. Phoenix has never taken a paycheck for her work on behalf of ZenCat, choosing instead to reinvest any profits from her paying clients to provide veterinary care to those who can't afford it through the ZenCat Foundation. Please help us expand our mission to improve cat welfare through education and no/low cost veterinary care with a donation.
ZenCat Foundation Inc. is an IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company. Donations are tax deductible.
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Effective January 1, 2024, a new law in California allows your ZenCat vet to examine and prescribe medications without an in-person physical exam of your cat or kitten. If your kitty is too fearful to be seen in person, or you reside outside the ZenCat service area, please book one of our new telehealth options.
Telehealth visits use FaceTime or Zoom.