The Cat Doctor & Friends

Utilizing both careful, thorough history taking and physical exams along with digital radiography, ultrasound examination and intraoperative cardiac/respiratory monitors, The Cat Doctor & Friends strives to create a cat and people friendly atmosphere where illness and injuries are rapidly diagnosed and compassionately treated, or better yet prevented. Thirty minute appointments allow our doctors to fully address any nutritional or behavioral concerns.

A common misconception among cat lovers is the assumption that cats who spend their time indoors don't need veterinary care "unless they are sick". Cats who don't come in for annual wellness exams may develop dental disease (since they won't brush their teeth) which can lead to heart, liver or kidney disease. A little preventative care can go a long way. Vaccinations are especially important for kittens, but even indoor cats will need occasional vaccine "boosters" during their adult lives.

Instead of the usual 15 minute appointment, Dr. Tracy McFarland, Dr. Carlie Linger and Dr. Megan Thomas enjoy the luxury of half-hour appointments. Longer appointments allow time spent discussing your nutritional and behavioral concerns in addition to wellness and medical care, surgical or dental diagnosis and treatment.  The Cat Doctor & Friends has six comfortable exam rooms, including a "Zen" room where Dr. McFarland, a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, performs acupuncture to relieve chronic pain and improve nerve function.

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  • 26055 Bouquet Cyn Rd.
  • Santa Clarita, CA 91350
  • Between Magic Mountain Parkway and Cinema Drive
  • Phone: (661) 259-5288
  • Fax: (661) 254-9672
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  • M/Tu/Thu/F: 7:30am - 6:30pm
  • Wed: 7:30am - 1:00pm
  • Wed: 2:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Tracy McFarland

    Dr. Tracy McFarland

    Dr. Tracy McFarland is married with two grown children. Dr. McFarland and family are actually owned by a Burmese cat named "Willie," a Tonkinese named "Jake", a Scottish Fold named "Peter", "Dumbo", the Maine Coon mix (named for his big ears), and a black Labrador Retriever named "Shiloh" (yes, that last one is a dog). Dr. McFarland and her family live in the Santa Clarita Valley in Northern Los Angeles County. All of Dr. Tracy's pets were rescued.

    Dr. McFarland was born and raised with her two sisters in the San Fernando Valley community of Woodland Hills, California. Her first two cats were two Siamese boys named Sam and Luke.

    From the time she was 12, Dr. McFarland knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Although as a young teenager she raised and showed Great Danes, her heart is in feline medicine.

    Dr. McFarland graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis, near Sacramento, in 1984.

    Dr. McFarland also did her undergraduate work at U. C. Davis, majoring in Animal Physiology. and graduating Summa Cum Laude. Dr. McFarland was the recipient of several awards and scholarships throughout her university career. While at Davis, Dr. McFarland founded the Feline Medicine Club which sponsors yearly continuing education symposia for veterinarians and veterinary students. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2004. She continues to be active in various national feline organizations, speaks at local functions and participates frequently in civic activities. She also holds memberships in AVMA, CVMA, IVAS, and AAVA.

    After gathering experience following U.C. Davis, Dr. McFarland opened The Cat Doctor, Inc. in 1994. Her love of cats has grown from a small 800 square foot practice to a modern 4400 square foot hospital. Dr. McFarland's approach and ambition is simple: To practice feline medicine to the best of her ability and to always act in the best interest of her patients.
  • Dr. Carlie Linger

    Dr. Carlie Linger

    Dr. Carlie Linger was born and raised in Reseda, CA.  She realized she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was only six years old.  She grew up with dogs, cats, mice, rats, birds, and hamsters.  She got her first job in the veterinary field as a receptionist when she was 18 years old.  She worked her way through the ranks over five years from receptionist to kennel assistant to veterinary assistant to technician.

    Dr. Carlie comes from a low-income family, so she went to Moorpark Community College and transferred to UC Davis to save money on her undergraduate education.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology in 2007.  It wasn’t until she was 23 years old that she adopted a 14 year old cat named “Blossom” and realized that her true love was cats.

    Dr. Carlie went to Western University of Health Sciences and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.  During her time in veterinary school she married her husband, Daniel Linger.  She was a member of the Shelter Club at WesternU where she was in charge of the charity “Feeding Pets of the Homeless”.  In her fourth year she got to do an externship here at The Cat Doctor and Friends.

    Dr. Carlie spent her first year practicing (2013-2014) in Visalia, CA before she realized that SoCal was the only place for her.  She is happy to be back at home practicing feline medicine.  Her favorite parts of veterinary medicine are surgery and pathology.  She is focused on practicing the best medicine every day to take care of all her feline patients and the people that love them.

    Dr. Carlie currently lives in Santa Clarita with her husband and four furry babies.  She has three cats, all rescues (Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Kennedy, and George Washington) and one six pound Maltese dog (Eleanor Roosevelt).  

    Photos courtesy of Rebecca Bolam