I've taken my cat in for check ups (at a different vet) during the pandemic where I had to drop him off and could not go in with him. That previous vet (and all the others we've seen in the last 7 years) had no problems with him. Nob Hill CC vet called to say he was trying to bite people during the exam and would not let anyone touch him, and that they would need to sedate him in order to examine him. This behavior is so unlike my cat I was suspicious that they were talking about my boy. I agreed to let Nob Hill CC sedate my cat because I trust that a cat specific vet would know how to work with a frightened animal. However, after bringing him home and seeing how out of it he was for the rest of the day, we will not be coming back unless I can accompany him (or we will go back to our old vet).
Sedating him for an exam seemed excessive to me, and I really wish I had trusted my gut and refused and taken him home instead. His behavior while recovering from the sedative was really very upsetting for both me and him. He's doing well now after a day of rest, but I won't agree to sedation again unless he needs a surgery, or similar procedure. If this is the usual procedure for Nob Hill CC, then this is not the right fit for us.