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Cat Purrs as Loud as a Vacuum

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Cat Purrs as Loud as a Vacuum

I recently wrote a post entitled 8 Reasons Cats are Better than Kids and the number one reason on my list was:

Cats are quiet, really quiet, compared to kids.

Well, most cats are quieter than kids, but certainly not all cats. I clearly had not met Smokey, the cat that purrs so loudly her owner cannot have a conversation on the phone! Smokey, the-purr-machine-on-steroids, holds the Guinness world record for the loudest purr. At 67.7 decibels, Smokey’s purr is 14 times more thunderous than the average cat’s purr.

Wow! That is loud. Actually, according to her human mom, her purr is as loud as a vacuum cleaner.

Smokey’s human, Ruth Adams, says the trick to living with such a noisy cat is make sure Smokey has a full tummy before trying to do something that requires hearing — such as watching TV. Why? When Smokey has a full belly, she takes a nice long — and quiet – catnap!

Smokey has gotten so much attention since earning the world record for loudest purr in March of 2011 that she has her own website, book, Facebook page, and Twitter feed!

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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11:54PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:11AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

thanks :)

10:51AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:19AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

That would be annoying.

2:54AM PST on Feb 1, 2013


12:46PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

wow, have heard some loud purrs, none that loud, thanks

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3:37AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Adorable Plus!

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