A cat by the name of Smokey is the proud owner of the loudest purr by a domestic cat record. Smokey is owned by Lucinda Ruth Adam and lives at Spring Hill farm in Pitsford, Northampton, United Kingdom.
The record was achieved at Smokey’s home, where the cat felt happy and relaxed. The loudest purr measured 67.7 dB, from a distance of one meter. That is far louder than an average cat that purrs at around 25 dB. The record was also confirmed by the Guinness World Records committee. When measured close-up, Smokey’s purrs reach 92 decibels, which is equivalent to the noise of a hair dryer or a lawnmower.
Smokey’s owners say its deafening purrs make it nearly impossible for them to hear the TV when she is in the room with them. They also struggle to have telephone conversations. “She has always been very vocal and purrs at some level nearly all the time,” said Ruth. “She even manages to purr while she eats. The only time she is quiet is when she is asleep.” Check out the video of her purring here.