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‘World’s Worst Cat’ Up for Adoption at North Carolina Animal Shelter

A North Carolina animal shelter is looking for a forever home for one moody cat. The Mitchell County Animal Rescue in North Carolina posted an adoption ad on Facebook that introduced the world to Perdita, the” World’s Worst Cat.”

The black-and-white housecat got the negative title after she was found alone inside a home on Christmas Eve after her owner died.

According to a Facebook post from Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Perdita is available to adopt for free, but she dislikes a lot of things. Sometimes honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to cats.

Among the dislikes are “the colour pink, kittens (yuk they are so chipper), dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least…HUGS,” the shelter said. “She’s single and ready to be socially awkward with a socially awkward human who understands personal space.”

The shelter also revealed what things she likes. They include “staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again; the song Cat Scratch Fever, the movie Pet Cemetery (Church is her hero), jump scares (her speciality), lurking in dark corners, being queen of her domicile, fooling shelter staff into thinking she’s sick (vet agrees…she’s just a jerk),” the shelter said.

The transparent tactic has helped get stubborn pets adopted in the past, Mitchell County Animal Rescue Executive Director Amber Lowery said. They hoped it would work for Perdita, too. “We thought if we highlighted [her personality] in a humorous way, the person with a personality to match hers could adopt,” Lowery said.

Office manager Brittany Taylor said that Perdita is “just all-out awful.” She pretends like she wants you to pet her and love on her. As soon as you pick her up, she starts growling. She will swat you. She makes you laugh. One minute she wants you, and one minute she’s over it.

If you are interested in adopting Perdita, you must apply by Monday, Jan. 27. The shelter says they have received 50 applications so far. Lowery said it’s been crazy because they have received an application from Russia. And comments from Holland and Australia.

Lowery added that Perdita was “fat and healthy,” so they think neighbours may have been feeding her. They don’t know how long she was in the house alone.

Lowery had this piece of advice for Perdita’s future owner: Be patient and have a good sense of humour. If you love socially awkward cats, Perdita could be the pet for you.

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