Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Loudest Cat: Smokey the cat sets world record (Video)
PITSFORD, Northants, UK -- Pet cat Smokey, 12, (owners Ruth and Mark Adams), an honorary volunteer for Cat Protection's Northampton branch, can purr at 80 decibels and often hits 92 – as loud as a lawnmower , setting the world record for the Lodest Cat.
Photo: Ruth Adams with her pet cat Smokey, who have the loudest purr in the world. Photo: Geoff Robinson (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Loudest scream by a crowd (a group of Scouts) was measured to reach a level of 127.2 dBA, in the grounds of Toivala's Metsäkoulu, Siilinjärvi, Finland.
Guinness World Records also recognized the loudest scream by a crowd (indoors), which is 131.6 dBA and was achieved by the audience of FAMA's concert at Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China.
Most cats purr at around 25 decibels but Smokey's averages 80 decibels.
"She has always been very vocal and purrs at some level nearly all the time," said Ruth, from Pitsford, in Northampton.
"She even manages to purr while she eats. The only time she is quiet is when she is asleep.
However, when measured close-up her purrs reach 92 decibels, equivalent to the noise of a lawnmower, hair dryer or, it is claimed, a Boeing 737 coming in to land.
Its owners, Ruth and Mark Adams, say Smokey's deafening purrs make it impossible for them to hear the television or radio when she is in the room and they struggle to have telephone conversations.
"When I'm on the phone friends often ask what the loud noise is and they can't believe it is coming from a cat," said Ruth.
A spokesman for Guinness World Records said: "The Guinness World Record for the loudest scream by a human is 129dB."
Mrs Adams, who runs an office park with her husband, adopted Smokey from the rescue centre NANNA three years ago for her 10-year-old daughter Amy.
Photo: Most cats purr at about 25 decibels but Smokey averages more than 80 and has been recorded at a deafening 92 – the same as a hair dryer. Photo: Geoff Robinson (enlarge photo)
The family has two dogs and two other cats but say 12-year-old Smokey is by far the loudest cat they have ever heard.
"It's either adorable or annoying, depending on what mood you're in and it's very loud," said Mrs Adams, who also has a son, Jordan, 12.
"I don't know why she does it. It doesn't seem to bother her in any way. She's very happy and content, just very loud."
Diana Johnson, of Northampton Cats Protection, who has met Smokey, said: "I have never heard anything like her purr in my life. It can drown out your conversation.
Smokey has become an honorary volunteer for Cat Protection's Northampton branch and is helping to raise awareness of the important cat welfare work they do.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011