My name is Phantom!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Gaithersburg, Maryland - Phantom
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Montgomery County SPCA

Facts about Phantom

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Brown Tabby
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
It has been just over a year since Phantom arrived in his second foster home. Having been an indoor/outdoor kitten/cat in his first home, this is an update to give additional information as to his personality as well as how he has adapted to an indoor only life.

Phantom and his siblings have full run of the house and get along very well with his foster mom's permanent cats. He has not had any problems with several of the foster kittens that have come and gone from his foster home, so definitely has a personality that is very open to befriending new cat acquaintances.

Phantom likes to look out windows or the screen door, but has not shown any interest in trying to escape outdoors. He also likes to cuddle on the living room couch with his siblings during the day.

When Phantom first arrived, his fur was rather rough as it had a fair amount of outside dust in it. Over the months as the outside dirt/dust was removed from his fur, it has become very soft and silky.

Phantom tends to be a bit shy, and gets his courage from the other cats in the household. His first foster mom said he got his name because he would show up at feeding time and then just as quickly vanish. In his second home, Phantom does like to be pet though can occasionally pull away or tense up while being petted. He runs if he is approached alone, but often shows up when the other cats mill around for attention. He has been seen a number of times late at night sleeping on his foster mom's bed along with his brother and sister, though, like his brother, he doesn't often come up right at bedtime. He seems to be closest to his sister Socks, though he has also bonded well with a couple of his shyer permanent house mates. Phantom really needs to have another cat or two in any forever home he ends up. Ideally, he would be adopted with one of his siblings.  However, as long as there are other cats to bond with, he should be fine if given enough time to adjust.

Amazingly, at the pet store adoption events, though a bit shy, Phantom appears calmer than his siblings. Many months ago at one event he even rolled over to enjoy having his belly rubbed.

Phantom does have a few quirks. I do not know if he learned them from watching the rabbits in his home or he just enjoys doing it. It is apparently not an uncommon cat behavior. He likes to chew cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls. He has been kind enough to leave the roll in the master bathroom alone, but has pretty much chewed up on occasion one of the toilet rolls in any one of the other bathrooms. They can go days looking great and then one day one will be found chewed up with chunks of toilet paper strewed on the floor beneath the roll. Having obtained a new computer many months ago and left the cardboard box for him, he has enjoyed chewing the top of it as well.

He is still young enough to enjoy some high energy play and has been seen running through the house playing tag with some of the other cats.

To adopt you must first complete an adoption application and either come to an adoption event or arrange to meet the cat in its foster home. We do not do same day adoptions so, generally, we can only adopt within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

About Montgomery County SPCA

About Our Rescue Group...

The MCSPCA, founded in 1973, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. We are independent, locally based, and funded completely by donations. We receive no financial support from the ASPCA or from any federal, state, or county government agencies.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We generally hold cat adoption open houses every week at local Petco or PetsMart locations. See our website for details on upcoming events. Appointments can also be arranged to visit our adoptable cats at other times.

The MCSPCA facilitates dog adoptions through referrals. We also maintain a list of dog breed rescue organizations for people who are looking for a particular breed of dog.

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption Fees:

* A $100 adoption fee is required for cats.
* A $150 adoption fee is required for kittens under 1yr. of age.
* A $150 adoption fee is required for dogs under 50lbs
* A $175 adoption fee is required for dogs over 50lbs
* A $225 adoption fee is required for puppies or dogs with special medical needs (including sighthounds because of the anesthesia requirements)

We accept cash and checks only, no credit cards. The fee includes the cost of spay/neuter, initial vaccinations, heartworm testing (for dogs), FeLV/FIV testing (for cats), deworming, and general care of the animals during their stay at the MCSPCA (food, litter, medication, vet care, etc.).
An adoption application, vet check, and interview with a counselor are required to ensure that appropriate placements are made. A home visit may also be required.

* ALL members of a household must be present for the adoption process.
* If you rent your home, you must provide your landlord’s name and phone number. Landlord consent is required prior to adoption. To expedite this process, you can provide a copy of your lease or a signed statement from your landlord specifying the pet policy.

* The MCSPCA seeks the best possible homes for the animals in our care, and we reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone.

*Upon approval, an adoption contract must be completed and signed.
*An adoption counselor will follow up each adoption with telephone calls and/or home visits.