Smokey, the world's loudest cat
Reports claimed her purring reached 73 dB (16 times louder than a normal cat). She was recorded by a music expert from Northampton College and the recording was witnessed by four individuals with various backgrounds.
On 5 May, Guinness announced that Smokey was the loudest domestic cat in the world, at 67.7 dB (LA peak).
Ruth Adams, Smokey's owner, said:
Smokey and I are very excited at being awarded the Guinness World Records title for the Loudest purring domestic cat. We originally started a purring competition in our home town of Northampton to promote the cats charity 'Cats Protection'. We wish to thank all those who have supported Smokey with her record attempt and especially wish to thank Northampton College for organising the trials and supplying the expertise I needed to comply with the technical aspects of a Guinness World Records Claim. We are very happy and purring loudly at the announcement that we hold a Guinness World Records title.