Every cat has their own personality and they are all irresistibly adorable. One of the local shelters in Spruce Pine, North Carolina received a finicky kitty who was beyond all the laws of being a normal cat. She was labeled as “World’s Worst Cat” and that was like the badge of honor for this sourpuss. The shelter understood how difficult it was to adopt the cat so they put on a provocative advertisement on the fan page, hoping someone would fit the feline’s likes and dislikes. After almost a year later, the cat finally found her forever home, where no one could judge her sassy traits.
Perdita, a black-and-white kitty was brought to the shelter by the Mitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) because of the former owner’s death. The shelter determined that Perdita must have had some troubles with her health and traumatic past since she kept acting out, not to mention her outwardly snarky appearance. Scientifically, those cats who suffer from stress tend to hide their pain and opt for acting dramatically. The MCAR took the cat to have a checkup to make sure she was completely fine. And it was.
Turns out, this special kitty had the audacity to cover up her most real personality by being ‘a jerk’. The shelter couldn’t lessen the cat’s true colors so they put up an ad on Facebook with a warning: “Not for a faint of heart.”
“We thought if we highlighted [her personality] in a humorous way, the person with a personality to match hers can adopt.” – Amber Lowery, the shelter’s executive director, confided.
The picture depicted exactly how Perdita looked every day, attached with the most honest description: ” Likes starring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again”, “lurking in dark corners”, and “fooling shelter staff into thinking she’s sick”. If Perdita was a person, she would have been the leader of the gothic girls club! What’s more, she disliked pink, dogs, children, Christmas, and even hugs.
The ad was so flattering and hilarious enough to catch 10K likes, 9K shares, and 6K comments on Facebook. So many commentators were cracked up by this sassy pants. The post started to receive the first 50 applications for Perdiat’s adoption. A lot of people wanted to have this lonesome girl at home but the shelter was careful and they wanted to sort out the most dedicated owner for her. The number of applications was increasing day by day.
“She pretends like she wants you to pet her and love on her.” – Brittany Taylor, the rescue’s office manager, said.
“As soon as you pick her up, she starts growling. She will swat you. She’s just all-out awful.” – She continued.
Noteworthy, there were so many conflicts and inputs when the fame came to Perdita the World’s Worst Cat. Some people showed their empathy and endearment to this feisty feline. Meanwhile, the rest debated about her trauma. They found out what the shelter posted on Facebook about her personality was not so true in some kind of way.
The commenters had some experiences with cats who were as grumpy as Perdita and they said the future owner should be patient with her. And in no time, she would show the sweet sides that no one could even imagine.
After going through 175 online applications and some offline ones, with strict considerations based on Perdita the cat’s ‘worst traits’, she finally found her forever home on February 1, 2020. Joe and Betty were her purrfect match! The couple from Monroe County, Tennessee had a trip to the shelter to adopt Perdita. To no one’s surprise, she started to act like a celebrity.
“They adore her and she tolerates them. She wouldn’t let us take adoption photos in our photo booth, she just growled and ran out of the room.” – The shelter wrote on Facebook.
Thankfully, Perdita is now still a feline sensation on social media with a brand new name: Noel.
“Just in case the name Perdita is the cause of her anger.” – The couple shared.
That was a bittersweet farewell for MCAR since they fell in love with Perdita. They enjoyed watching her rolling over the catnip, seeing her being in gothic girl mode, and loving her with all their hearts.
“Happy Tails, Perdy (as I call her) may the catnip be plentiful, the music classical, the bed always fluffy and the journey smooth. Thank you for letting us share your story with the world.” – MCAR shared.