The AdvoCat

Holistic pet care, TCM and acupuncture, feline behavior consultations, hospice or urgent care coaching for dogs and cats, and food sensitivity testing



5th year in a row award recipient for SF small business award for community service & service to customers. The San Francisco Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Source: San Francisco Award Program

The AdvoCat (also known as The Nature of the Beast) specializes in a humane, comprehensive and empathic approach to holistic pet care. We offer feline behavior consultations, humane education, herbal & essence preparations, dietary recipes tailored for your critter's unique constitution & in-home hospice/critical care coaching.

Shanti Zinzi is also an acupuncture consultant for a local veterinary practice and performs acupuncture on patients.  She utilizes natural Chinese medicine & many integrated paradigms for biomedical and psychotherapeutic healing for her patients.

All aspects of your pet are examined from distant medical & dietary history to current somatic & behavioral energetics. Each pet will also be assessed for his/her unique constitution,  as well as age & breed propensities.

 With more than two decades in the animal business, The AdvoCat prioritizes the soulful happiness and well-being of your companion offering the most natural & humane suggestions.

For our behavior patients, we focus on fulfilling your companion's unmet needs while providing gentle behavior modification.





Shanti Zinzi believes a truly integrated education & commitment to life long self cultivation is required to be a practitioner of the healing arts. She is post grad educated in Somatic Psychology/behavior/ counseling and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her lifelong studies have been in eastern, western & internal arts. This spans from the creative arts to shamanism to ancient herbology.   She believes the earth, creatures and cosmos are intimately connected and approaches her cases from a very subtle place that honors this sacred connection.

She has worked for many wonderful veterinarians, interned at a holistic animal hospice, and strives to formulate a unique approach to the challenges that an allopathic & reductionistic paradigm fail to penetrate.

She is a bi-annual attendee of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and has an ongoing relationship in spiritual and medicinal studies from Buddhism to herbalism and dietary therapies.