Saturday, February 26, 2011

Loudest cat in the world? Smokey’s purr as noisy as a Boeing 737

For cat lovers, there is nothing more soothing than the sound of their pet purring.But when Smokey kicks off, it’s time to reach for the ear plugs.The sound she produces can reach an incredible 92 decibels – the same as you’d experience watching a Boeing 737 coming in to land. Most cats produce around 25 decibels.

Owners Ruth and Mark Adams say the 12-year-old British Shorthair can drown out TV and radio shows and phone conversations with her ‘cooing purr’ which they describe as ‘sounding as if she has a dove stuck in her throat’. She even manages to purr while she eats. The only time she is quiet is when she is asleep. Guinness World Records said it had a category in place for noisiest cat but no entries yet. A spokesman said: ‘If Smokey can purr at over 80dB it would be astonishing.
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