Tuesday 6 December 2016

Merlin's magic purr a noisy record

Published 13/05/2015 | 00:11

Tracy Westwood, her daughter Alice and Merlin the cat in their home in Torquay (Channel 5/PA Wire)
Tracy Westwood, her daughter Alice and Merlin the cat in their home in Torquay (Channel 5/PA Wire)

Meet Merlin - the purr-fect pet as long as you do not mind the noise.

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A team from the Guinness Book of Records visited him at home with owner Tracy Westwood and measured his purring at 67.8 decibels, which is almost as loud as a shower or a dishwasher.

Ms Westwood, from Torquay, said: "Occasionally when he's really loud I have to repeat myself. When you're watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he's eating he'll purr loudly. I can hear him when I'm drying my hair.

"If he's cleaning he gets louder and sometimes if the telephone rings I do get people asking me 'what's that noise in the background?' I tell them it's the cat but I don't know if they believe me."

Merlin, who will make an appearance on C hannel 5's Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2, was picked up by Ms Westwood from a rescue centre when he was just a kitten.

A Guinness World Records spokesman said: "It was amazing to see just how loud his purr was in person and, despite a couple of readings of Merlin's purr just under the current record, a bowl of tuna cat food proved to make all the difference and secure the record."

:: Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud is on Channel 5 at 8pm tonight.

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