Merlin breaks record for loudest cat purr

Domestic cat Merlin has worked his magic and secured the Guinness World Record for the highest decibel-rated cat purr.

cat purr

Peaking at an impressive 67.8dB – the feline’s purr is as loud as the sound of a shower or two people having a conversation. He has snatched the title from former loudest cat purr-er Smokey who held the record since 2011 with a 67.68dB purr.

cat purr

Hailing from Torquay in Devon, Merlin’s thunderous purr began to emerge after he was rescued from an animal centre by Tracy Westwood as a kitten – and even then his range was impressive compared to a full grown cat.

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself,” said Tracy.

“When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair.”

cat purr

Merlin will be making an appearance on Channel 5’s Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2 on Wednesday 13th May for his record-breaking achievement.

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