23 February 2011

UK cat thought to have loudest purr in the world

A purring cat is music to the ears for most cat-lovers. However, to Ruth Adams and family of the United Kingdom, their short-haired feline Smokey’s purrs are more like rock music to the ears.

Adopted from a local rescue-center, Smokey’s loud purring reportedly measured as high as 92 decibels, while an average cat purr measures only about 25 decibels. To put the purr volume in perspective, a typical home stereo listening level is 80 decibels and a subway train measures in at around 100 decibels. According to Smokey’s family, although endearing, the purring can by annoying when watching television, especially during dramatic scenes.

The only time purr-producing Smokey is quiet is when she is asleep. “She even manages to purr while she eats” comments Ruth. For official bragging rights of having the world’s loudest cat, the Adams family has sent an application to the Guinness World Records.

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Corey serves as Mercy For Animals' Ohio Campaign Coordinator, organizing events and campaigns, and coordinating volunteers throughout Ohio. Adopting a plant-based diet 20 years ago, Corey's goal is to work within her community to promote awareness of vegan diets to help widen people's circles of compassion.

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