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Smokey The Cat Is World's Loudest, Guinness Records Confirms (VIDEO)

AP/The Huffington Post  
First Posted: 05/05/11 09:56 AM ET Updated: 07/05/11 06:12 AM ET

LONDON (AP) -- It's official: Smokey the cat has roared her way into Guinness World Records having achieved the loudest purr by a domestic cat.

Guinness says the gray-and-white tabby earned her place with record-setting 67.7 decibels. In a video on the cat's website, the 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline purrs with a sound akin to the cooing of an angry dove.

Smokey first rose to prominence in February, when her owner, Ruth Adams, ran a local competition for the most powerful purr. A community college recorded the purr and submitted it to Guinness.

Guinness says the loudest animal sounds are the low-frequency pulses made by blue whales and fin whales when they communicate with each other – sounds that reach 188 decibels. By comparison, a lawnmower is 90 decibels.

WATCH an ABC report from March (before Guinness confirmed the record):
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