The story of Perdita: who was dubbed ‘the world’s worst cat’

Every cat has a distinct personality. And occasionally, it might be a little unpleasant. Perdita is a four-year-old cat who, due to her volatile temper, had the talent of driving the workers at her shelter to despair.

In fact, they had lost all hope of getting her adopted until they had a brilliant idea!

In North Carolina, the Mitchell County Animal Shelter welcomed the black-and-white cat after the death of her former owner. This puss had no intention of making things easy, instead, she gained a reputation for being a brat.

Unfortunately, this type of personality is not very appreciated by potential adopters. They generally prefer gentle, kind, and incredibly cuddly felines, basically everything Perdita wasn’t.

The world’s worst cat

So, convinced that Perdita would never be adopted, the shelter’s volunteers tried everything. They published an ad on Facebook in which they describe, in all honesty (and with a lot of humor) the atypical personality of Perdita, whom they present as “the worst cat in the world.”

The ad starts with a disclaimer stating: ” Meet Perdita, not for the faint of heart.” According to the shelter, Perdita enjoys :

“Staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again; the movie Pet Cemetery (Church is her hero), jump scares (her specialty), lurking in dark corners, being the queen of her domicile, fooling shelter staff into thinking she’s sick (vet agrees…she’s just a jerk)”

On the other hand, Perdita’s dislikes include:

“The color pink, kittens (yuk, they are so chipper), dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas, and last but NOT least…HUGS.”

According to Amber Lowery, the shelter director, the staff had been concerned about Perdita, who arrived on Christmas Eve, for some time. The four-year-old cat would “slap” individuals who attempted to rub her.

The humorous post stated that Perdita would get along with anyone who understands personal space. Besides, her terrible attitude means the adoption would be free of charge.

Perdita is on the news

This approach might seem counterproductive, but the shelter’s honesty turned out to be a winning policy. First, their initial post was shared to the point where it caught the attention of numerous media outlets.

Then, the public showed much interest in the feisty feline. Many Facebook users related to the funny story, explaining how their cats had a similar attitude to the post’s subject, Perdita.

Days later, no less than 175 adoption requests were directed at the shelter! Among them, a couple named Joe and Betty, hailing from Monroe County in Tennessee, were lucky, they adopted the new superstar!

In case her name was the reason for her ongoing melancholy, they renamed her Noel. True to her form, Noel/Perdita refused to pose for the adoption photo.

Fans can follow her adorable adventures on her Instagram profile. And whether you press the like button or not, Noel doesn’t care about your opinion.

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