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Hold Your Ears – This Cat Has the World’s Loudest Purr!

Sometimes our cats aren’t the best at showing us affection. In Merlin’s case, however, you never have to wonder. In fact, you can tell he’s happy from the other room. Merlin has plenty to purr about now – he holds the Guinness World Record for the Loudest Purr by a Domestic Cat.

Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records

Merlin, aged 13, was adopted from an animal rescue center in Kingskerswell, UK, by his owner Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice. With a Guinness World Records adjudicator on hand to verify, Merlin registered a purr measuring 67.8 decibels, beating the previous record of 67.68 decibels set in 2011 by Smokey – another British cat.

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair.”

To give you an idea of just how loud Merlin’s motor really is – a lawn mower measures in at 80 decibels, and a vacuum cleaner clocks in at 70! Merlin is actually louder than an air conditioner, that typically measures 60 decibels. Meow!


Merlin isn’t the only cat who holds a world record. Check out these other world records held by cats!

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