World's Loudest Cat Can Purr as Loud as a Lion's Roar

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Come on, get happy! Merlin the cat has no trouble expressing how he feels. According to the Metro U.K., Merlin has a purr that should earn him a place in the record books.



Merlin's owner, Tracy Westwood, believes that the 12-year-old rescue cat has the loudest kitty purr in the world. Merlin normally lets out purrs that reach an impressive 100 decibels, while typical house cats only purr around 25 decibels.

A purr of this magnitude is comparable to a classroom of children, a subway train or the sound of a car horn 25 feet away.

"We've measured Merlin at peaks of 100dB, but he can be louder than that," Westwood told Metro U.K.




If Merlin can produce these noises for a Guinness World Records official, he will unseat the current loudest purr title holder, Smokey. Smokey is in the books for having a purr of 92 decibels.

Sound experts suggest that Westwood watches how much time she spends with her furry champ, because prolonged exposure to sounds greater than 95 decibels can lead to hearing loss.

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James B Ross

More like, Merlin probably thinks she's deaf already, if he needs to purr at 100 decibels! Cats will purr loudest to their hearing impaired friends...

February 16 2013 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
amie8224

My husband downloaded a decibel meter app to check our cat. He purrs around 82 decibels, and that's incredibly loud. I can't imagine what that cat must sound like in person.

January 14 2013 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WickedCats

Come on, I doubt she's going to go deaf from hearing her cat purr.

January 14 2013 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chante707

Cute, god bless.

January 14 2013 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jelliclecat01

awwwww! Love that purr! Cute kitteh! :)

January 14 2013 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jelliclecat01

AWWWWW....What a great kitty! He's cute and i love that purr! :)

January 14 2013 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lauren

Very impressive! That is saying a lot, as I have been around cats my whole life, some of whom were very impressive and loud purrers.

January 14 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
irishut36

Wow, that little guy could keep you up at night. Looks like he broke Smokey's 92 decibels record.

January 14 2013 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cindyde

Oohh he is so cute he reminds of my grandma's old cat , Mango. My little Ziggy purrs so loud too sometimes, but not as loud as Merlin - just shows he is just happy =)

January 14 2013 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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