Guinness World Record Holders: Loudest Purring Domestic Cat June 23 2017

For this week's article of boss babes who hold Guinness World Records, we introduce Merlin - a rescue cat from Torquay, Devon (UK) who holds the record for the loudest purr by a domestic cat!

With a Guinness World Records judge there to record and verify, Merlin registered an astounding purr measuring 67.8 decibels! A slightly higher score than the previous record of 67.68 decibels that was set in 2011 by Smokey. Funny enough, Smokey also resides in the UK. Must be something in the air!

Merlin, who was aged 13 at the time of his record crowning back in 2015, was originally rescued by Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice through a local shelter in a nearby town called Kingskerswell. 

Owner Tracy told reporters: “Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair."

She later added, “If he’s cleaning he gets louder and sometimes if the telephone rings I do get people asking me what’s that noise in the background, I tell them it’s the cat but I don’t know if they believe me.”

Now, in case some of you are unsure exactly how loud 67.68 decibels is...well let's do some comparisons. Merlin's purr is as loud or even louder then an air conditioner, a dishwasher, and even a noisy human conversation. Try talking over that purr!

GWR spokesman Jamie Clarke said: “Here at Guinness World Records we enjoy coming across your typical everyday pet with a rather unique talent and Merlin the Cat from Torquay is just that. It was amazing to see just how loud his purr was in person and, despite a couple of readings of Merlin’s purr just under the current record, a bowl of tuna cat food proved to make all the difference and secure the record.”

Merlin was recorded and crowned during the filming of the Channel 5 TV show, ‘Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2’ back in April of 2015.

Pet behaviour expert, Professor Peter Neville, who also features in the show, said: “No-one’s really sure why cats purr, we do know that they all purr at the same frequency, and cats tend to do this when they’re very relaxed and when they’re happy, while kittens do it when they’re suckling from their mothers. Interestingly the big cats – lions and tigers and so on, can’t purr. It’s only the little guys, the Felis genius cats who purr.”

Well Merlin, you must be one happy cat!

Check out the video of Merlin's record breaking purr below: