Cat's purr gets into Guinness Book of Records

Friday, 6th May 2011

A kitty from Northampton may be treated to a new cat scratch post after getting into the Guinness Book of Records.

Smokey, the 12-year-old puss, has broken the world record for having the loudest ever purr, reaching almost 68 decibels.

A statement from Guinness World Records said: "We are pleased to announce that Smokey, a 12-year-old female British short-hair cat, has been recognised as having achieved the loudest purr by a domestic cat at 67.7 dB (LA peak)."

Craig Glenday, the editor of Guinness World Records, added that Smokey is a welcome addition to the book and it is "incredible" to have a cat purr as loud as a vacuum cleaner.

Ruth Adams, Smokey's owner, explained that it can be annoying if the noisy kitty starts purring when you are watching the TV or on the phone.

However, she said that Smokey is a very happy and content cat.