The 'World's Worst Cat' Has Found Her Forever Home!


Perdita, "The World's Worst Cat," has found her forever home!

The cantankerous cat went viral last week after being labeled the "World's Worst Cat" in a Facebook post by the Mitchell County Animal Rescue, the shelter responsible for caring for Perdita.

The 4-year-old feline came into the animal rescue so cranky that they thought there was something medically wrong with her. She didn't want to interact with other animals, especially kittens - no matter how cute and cuddly they may be. The occasional head-pat was allowed, but only if ample treats were provided to sway her. And if you got on her bad side? Get the bandages ready

Thankfully, the vet discovered that Perdita was perfectly healthy. But that also meant her cranky demeanor wasn't about to change. "We thought she was sick, turns out she's just a jerk," the shelter wrote. Perdita's previous owner passed away, and she was left home alone for quite a while. Neighbors cared for her until they called the rescue - so Perdita's sour mood is pretty understandable. 

The shelter knew that getting Perdita adopted would be a challenge. Most folks looking to adopt cats are looking for the cute 'n cuddly type - which Perdita is most certainly not. “We got together and we decided that we would be brutally honest about her strong personality,” said Amber Lowery, executive director of Mitchell County Animal Rescue. “That way, the right person would be able to adopt her and understand that she is not the cuddly kitteny type.”

The result? A brutally honest (and quite hilarious) Facebook post advertising Perdita’s less-than-pleasant qualities, and labeling her the “World’s Worst Cat.”

The Facebook post reads: "Meet Perdita, not for the faint of heart.

LIKES: 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 specialty), lurking in dark corners, being queen of her domicile, fooling shelter staff into thinking she's sick (vet agrees...she's just a jerk)

DISLIKES: the color pink, kittens (yuk they are so chipper), dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least...HUGS. She's single and ready to be socially awkward with a socially awkward human who understands personal space.”

When it comes to cats who come off as grumpy and standoffish, it can be difficult to find them the perfect forever home - they need a family who understands the cat's personality. And the adoption advert might seem a bit harsh, but it was for Perdita's benefit, noted Lowery: “Our plan was to highlight all the differences that she has … so when you take her home you’re not surprised, and it’s a better chance of the adoption actually sticking and her not coming back to us.”

And it worked! Over 100 applications came flooding in.  

After narrowing it down to just 10 applicants and thorough screenings and interviews, Perdita's new family was chosen.

It's always news to celebrate when a cat gets adopted - but harder cases like Perdita are even MORE spectacular and inspiring. 

Happy tails, Perdita! 

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  • Kim

    Some cats just want to be left alone.. nothing wrong with that. Makes it more rewarding when the decide to let you pet I love all types of cats.❤️

  • miko

    my cat! She is the boss at home.She might stay quite close to me but don’t try to pick her up when she is sleeping. She will take revenge seriously. Even human being has moody period, i have lots of scars but i don’t mind.

  • Wanda Pease

    Permits could be my cat Cleopatra/Meatloaf/Pretty Girl. I have scars! In her defense she has terrible arthritis in her ankles and wrists and a bad disk. Even so no amount of care and pampering was enough. I finally found something that works though. My Vet finally asked me to give her Gabapentin three hours before an appointment. IT WORKED! She was relatively calm the entire time. Not the drugged type calm. No I happen to take Gabapentin for pain and depression myself so I decided to share. She gets a dash of one of my capsules in her morning food (Just a Dash) and it lasts into the evening. No new scars!

  • Tina

    I sure loved that story it really made me laugh!she is a Beautiful crankie girl 😅iam sooo glad she found her forever home! Thanks for sharing her story.

  • Becky

    disagree. I think it’s hysterical and honest. and clearly nearly 200 other people in that area alone thought so, too. not all cats are lovey, and some of us still love and accept them. my cat is an asshole sometimes, and I would die for him regardless.

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