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British cat has world's loudest purr

May 6, 2011 at 4:30 AM   |   Comments

PITSFORD, England, May 6 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records said a British woman's 12-year-old cat has made the record book with the world's loudest purr, measured at 67.7 decibels.

Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records, said Smokey the cat, owned by Ruth Adams of Pitsford, England, is officially being recognized as the world's loudest domestic cat.

"Guinness World Records is a veritable cat-alogue of fantastic felines, and Smokey is a welcome addition to the family. It's incredible to think that a cat's purr can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner," Glenday said.

Adams said she is proud of her loud-purring cat.

"We are very happy and purring loudly at the announcement that we hold a Guinness World Records title," she said.

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