World's Loudest Cat: 92 Decibels
Smokey is the World's Loudest Cat
Smokey, a cat from Pitsford, Northampton, is the world's loudest cat. She purrs at an astounding 92 decibels, nearly four times the volume of your average cat. Smokey's owners, Ruth and Mark Adams, are petitioning the Guinness Book of World Records to formally recognize Smokey as the World's loudest cat. So far, Smokey is unopposed, as the title is not held by any other cat; that is, unless another extremely loud cat emerges to challenge Smokey.
A few other sounds that are around 92dB:
- A traffic jam
- 747 coming in for a landing
- Train whistle
Note that 90-95dB is the threshold beyond which prolonged exposure can cause hearing loss. That is a very loud cat. Smokey is not quite as loud as a motorcycle, but she's pretty close. (Decibel Comparison Chart)
Owners Ruth and Mark Adams say the 12-year-old British Shorthair can drown out TV and radio shows and phone conversations with her ‘cooing purr’ which they describe as ‘sounding as if she has a dove stuck in her throat’.
Guinness World Records said it had a category in place for noisiest cat but no entries yet. A spokesman said: ‘If Smokey can purr at over 80dB it would be an astonishing feat.’