One Happy Feline

Smokey's loud purr earned her a Guinness World Record.

By Ingrid King

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A 12-year-old cat in England holds the Guinness World Record for the "Loudest Purr by a Domestic Cat." Smokey, a silver tabby with striking markings, was adopted by Ruth Adams about three years ago, when Adams was looking for an older cat who would be content with staying mostly indoors. Smokey greeted Adams as soon as she stepped into her cage at the shelter, walking toward her with her tail held high, rubbing against her legs and purring. Very loudly.

Smokey, and her shy black companion, Sooty, quickly settled into the Adams' home. And Smokey kept on purring. "Her purr resembles a cooing dove stuck in her throat," Adams says. "Sometimes she purrs so loudly it makes her cough and splutter."

Just how loud is Smokey's purr? After a friend suggested a purring competition on a local radio station to help spread the spay/neuter message for Cats Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity, Smokey's purr was measured at 80 to 85 decibels, the equivalent of a lawn mower, a vacuum cleaner or a Boeing airplane coming in for a landing from a mile away.

**Get the June 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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