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'She's just a jerk': brutal honesty makes shelter cat internet sensation

A North Carolina shelter says Perdita's likes include "staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again."
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A screen capture of a Facebook page from Mitchell County Animal Rescue advertising Perdita, the "World's Worst Cat," for adoption.

A North Carolina animal shelter says it has received over 100 applications to adopt a mean pet, after they used some brutal honesty in an ad to adopt out what it is calling the "World's Worst Cat." The shelter says it has received so many calls and messages that it is asking people to be patient while they try to get back to everyone. 

Mitchell County Animal Rescue wrote on Facebook it thought Perdita "was just sick, turns out she's a jerk."

Photos of the cat show she has a distinctive stare that just gives the impression she has no desire to be your friend. The shelter says Perdita's likes include "staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again."

Other likes include lurking in dark corners, jump scares, being queen, and fooling shelter staff into thinking she's sick.

"Vet agrees... she's just a jerk," the shelter wrote.

Despite all of that, the harsh honestly about Perdita seems to be working, because the animal shelter says, "she has had 115+ applications for adoption, hundreds of emails of love and support and many, many phone calls. If you have called, messaged or emailed and we have not returned your messages, please be patient, we are working hard to speak with everyone we can.: 

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Perdita also likes Cat Scratch Fever and the movie Pet Sematary because, you know, a dead cat came back to life and terrorized people.

This sourpuss doesn't like the color pink, cute little kittens, dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies or Christmas.

"... and last but not least... HUGS," the shelter wrote.

She's single, but apparently not ready to mingle. The shelter said Perdita is socially awkward and would be a good match for a socially awkward human who understands she needs personal space.

The adoption is free.