Noisy feline purrs while eating cat food

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

A noisy feline from Northampton manages to purr while eating cat food and sometimes reaches the same volume as a lawnmower.

Smokey, who is owned by Ruth and Mark Adams, manages to reach 92 decibels while purring. Most cats purr at around 25 decibels.

The owners claim that the noise produced by the 12-year-old hyphens moggy is enough to drown out a TV or radio show.

Ms Adams said: "She even manages to purr while she eats. The only time she is quiet is when she is asleep.

"It's either adorable or annoying, depending on what mood you're in. You don't even have to stroke her to start a purring session. Often she'll do it for no reason."

She added that the purring sometimes sounds like Smokey has a dove stuck in her throat.

A spokesman from Guinness World Records said that if Smokey is able to purr above 80 decibels, it would be an "astonishing feat".