Smokey purrs into record books
Published 05/05/2011 | 14:54
Smokey looks like the cat that got the cream after being officially recognised for being the loudest on record.
Guinness World Records has announced that the 12-year-old female British short-hair cat achieved the loudest purr by a domestic cat, peaking at 67.7 dB.
Smokey's owner Ruth Adams, from Pitsford, Northampton, said: "Smokey and I are very excited at being awarded the Guinness World Records title for the loudest purring domestic cat.
"We originally started a purring competition in our home town of Northampton to promote the cats charity Cats Protection.
"We wish to thank all those who have supported Smokey with her record attempt and especially wish to thank Northampton College for organising the trials and supplying the expertise I needed to comply with the technical aspects of a Guinness World Records claim.
"We are very happy and purring loudly at the announcement that we hold a Guinness World Records title."
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, said: "Guinness World Records is a veritable cat-alogue of fantastic felines, and Smokey is a welcome addition to the family. It's incredible to think that a cat's purr can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner!"
Smokey still has a way to go to compete with the noisiest beasts in the animal kingdom.
The loudest animal sound is the low-frequency pulses made by blue whales and fin whales when communicating with each other.
These whales reach 188 dB on the decibel scale, creating the loudest sounds emitted by any living source. Total silence is 0 dB, a lawnmower 90 dB, a car horn 110 dB and a rock concert 120 dB.