Any human branded â€œa jerkâ€ on social media would rightly take offence. But Perdita, officially the â€œworldâ€™s worst catâ€ according to animal shelter officials in North Carolina who were trying to re-home the grumpy kitty, wore it as a badge of honour.
On Saturday, as a result of one of the greatest cat rescue marketing ploys of all time, Perdita found herself on her way to a â€œforever homeâ€ in Tennessee. She went with a new name, Noel, but also with the same testy demeanour that made her a viral sensation in the first place, with more than 10,000 Facebook likes and her own hashtag of #worldsworstcat.
In its latest post on the social media platform, the Mitchell county animal rescue group of Spruce Pine announced the â€œbittersweetâ€ news that Perdita/Noel had found new owners identified only as Joe and Betty from Monroe county.
â€œThey adore her and she tolerates them,â€ the post said, explaining that the stroppy cat refused to pose for the traditional adoption photograph and instead ran from the room growling.
The group said it had received 175 applications to adopt Perdita since introducing her to the world 10 days ago with descriptions of challenging behaviours including â€œlurking in dark cornersâ€ and â€œstaring into your soul until you feel as if you may never feel cheerful againâ€.
With dislikes said to include Disney movies, kittens and the colour pink, the cat was also described as a master of deception.
â€œWe thought she was sick,â€ the post said. â€œTurns out sheâ€™s just a jerk.â€
The rescue group hopes to capitalise on the publicity by finding homes for other animals in its care, including Edgar, a rotund orange tabby who shares an affinity for â€œreaching out and touching someoneâ€.
Perditaâ€™s internet stardom looks set to continue, with an Instagram account set up to chronicle the next chapter in the life of the fractious feline.