The cat formerly known as Perdita has a new home, but it remains to be seen if she'll still be the "world's worst cat."

  • The "world's worst cat" has found a new home in Tennessee, where she even has her own bedroom.
  • A couple named Joe and Betty adopted Perdita after stories of her bad behavior at Mitchell County Animal Rescue in North Carolina went viral on sites like Metro.
  • Staff said her favourite activities included "lurking in dark corners," and "fooling shelter staff into thinking she's sick (vet agrees ... she's just a jerk)."
  • Joe and Betty changed her name to Noel "just in case the name Perdita is the cause of her anger."
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It's safe to say the cat formerly known as Perdita is a bit of a diva. According to staff at Mitchell County Animal Rescue in North Carolina, she refused to have her photo taken when she left to live with her new family - and already has her own private bedroom in her new home, too.

Perdita, now known as Noel, was adopted in early February by a couple named Joe and Betty, who were among 175 applicants keen to adopt the feline dubbed the "world's worst cat" by staff.

Sitting in a box and refusing to move was just one of many incidents of bad behavior described by staff at Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

Her story went viral in late January on outlets such as Metro, when staff took to Facebook to share the challenges of life with her.

"Perdita has officially taken over our office," they wrote, describing incidents such as sitting wherever she pleased, growling at anyone who wanted their chair back, slapping catnip out of people's hands and then rolling in it, and sitting in a box and refusing to move.

Staff even went further, describing her favourite things as "staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again," the song Cat Scratch Fever, the movie 'Pet Cemetery,' jump scares, lurking in dark corners, and "fooling shelter staff into thinking she's sick (vet agrees ... she's just a jerk)."

Among her many dislikes were "the colour pink, kittens, dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas," and "hugs." She was being offered up for adoption for free.

Perdita was renamed Noel by Joe and Betty "just in case the name Perdita is the cause of her anger," according to staff.

One her favorite activities at Mitchell County Animal Rescue was slapping catnip out of volunteers' hands and rolling in it.

As for her departure? "Perdita has brought so much joy," staff wrote on Facebook.

True to form, her prickly personality was on full display when it was time to say goodbye. "She wouldn't let us take adoption photos in our photo booth, she just growled and ran out of the room.

"She was in a hurry to get home, where she will have her own private bedroom to stay in until she is ready to transition to the rest of the home. Then she will have access to the many catwalks, indoor cat trees, enclosed cattery and [a] cat pond."

Noel, then known as Perdita, was known for taking over people's desks and not letting them return.

But Noel's adventures aren't over. She can be followed on Instagram @perditas_journey - giving people a chance to see if her bad behavior continues, or if she'll abandon what seems to be a mission to become the next Grumpy Cat.

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