Cityscape Web Enhancement lists an alternate class feature for Druids and Rangers, called Urban Companion:
The character gains the companionship of a smaller but far more intelligent creature than she otherwise would have. This is identical to the sorcerer's ability to summon a familiar (PH 52), including all benefits granted and gained by the familiar, except as noted below. Her functional level for determining the abilities of the companion is equal to her druid level or one-half her ranger level.
Does a character with Urban Companion qualify for the Improved Familiar feat?