Have you ever wondered how loud your cat’s purr was in comparison to others? Meet Merlin, a rescue cat from the UK who has recently been crowned the new Guinness world record holder for loudest purr by a domestic cat with his purr reaching 67.8 decibels. The record was previously held by Smokey, another British cat, who held the record reaching 67.68 decibels.
Speaking with the Guinness world records team, Merlin’s owner Tracy Westwood said a local TV station recorded her cat purring at 100 decibels, which is about as loud as the rumble of a passing motorcycle.
She continued, “if he’s cleaning he gets louder, and sometimes if the telephone rings I do get people asking me what’s that noise in the background, I tell them it’s the cat, but I don’t know if they believe me.”