CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Many cats are a little nuts, but a shelter in North Carolina says it has “the world’s worst cat” and is waiving adoption fees in hopes someone will take Satan’s evil spawn off its hands.© Courtesy Mitchell County Animal/TNS/TNS Perdita is “not for the faint of heart,” according to shelter staff in Mitchell County, N.C.
“We thought she was sick. Turns out she’s just a jerk,” posted the Mitchell County Animal Rescue Inc. on Facebook.
The little hellion’s name is Perdita, and she’s “not for the faint of heart,” according to an adoption ad that reads like something on a bad dating app. Mitchell County is about 55 miles northeast of Asheville.
“She’s single and ready to be socially awkward with a socially awkward human who understands personal space,” the post says.
“LIKES: staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again … jump scares (her specialty), lurking in dark corners … DISLIKES: kittens … dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least … HUGS.”
Shelter Director Amber Lowery says 4-year-old Perdita came to the shelter on Christmas Eve like the Grinch and quickly asserted dominance.
“We are animal lovers here and very patient, but we’ve been concerned about her for awhile,” Lowery told McClatchy News.
“I’m looking at her right now, and she’s rolling around in her little bed, looking all sweet and cute, but the minute you try to rub her, she slaps you. We thought she was in pain and took her to the vet and he said: ‘No, this cat is just a jerk’.”
Since then, the shelter has had to warn visitors that Perdita’s shy, kitten-like attempts to draw passersby to her cage are, in fact, a ruse that will end badly.
Lowery is the one who crafted the brutally honest adoption post and it quickly became a hit with commenters on social media.
Some claim Perdita is their “spirit animal” or “soulmate.” Others jokingly wrote of someone in their life who deserved such a cat — whether they wanted it or not.
“She might be the only cat my dogs would allow out of pure fear,” Stefanie Walton wrote on Facebook.
“I hope Perdita finds the goth home of her dreams,” Sarah Sayour said.
“Us too … like soon,” the shelter responded.