The Cat That Roars (Like a Lawnmower) (VIDEO)

Smokey, a British house cat, has roared, or rather purred, her way into the Guinness Book of World Records. The New York Daily News reports that Smokey, a white tabby, can purr like a “lawnmower” at levels up to 73 decibels, 16 times louder than the average feline though a bit “softer” than blue whales, which are the loudest animals on earth with a low-frequency pulse of 188 decibels.

Sounds like this cat’s purr is a lot bigger than, um, her paw?

The New York Daily News says that Smokey actually sounds more like a “cooing dove.” As owner Ruth Adams writes on, a website devoted to the “outspoken” feline:

Smokey is quite possibly the worlds loudest purring cat and is louder than a boeing 737 coming into land!

The only time purr-producing Smokey is quiet is when she is asleep. “She even manages to purr while she eats” comments owner Ruth.

It was back in February that Smokey first attracted notice after she won a local competition for “most powerful purr.” A local community college submitted the results to Guinness and the rest is, yes, history. Smokey is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for having achieved the “loudest purr by a domestic cat at 67.7 dB (LA peak).”

Talk about the cat’s meow.

(I guess Smokey’s owners always know where she is.)

Here’s Smokey with her record-setting purr:


Image of Smokey from a video by homecountiesnews via YouTube.


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Karen F.
karen Friedman6 years ago

Really cute. My older frmale has never realy meowed, but squeeks instead.

Linda F.
Linda F6 years ago


Marlene Dinkins

i love the purrrr. he is a cutie

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado6 years ago


Melinda K.
Past Member 6 years ago

I am so in love with this little guy, what a motor! Dont you love how excited he is to get patted, rubbing his little chin as much as he can on anything he can aim at, purring away he is just so happy! what a pleasure to see such a happy little guy, and double the pleasure with that loud foghorn purr!!

Patricia W.
Patricia W6 years ago

I wish my neighbors' lawn mowers sounded like Smokey :)

Zee Kallah
Past Member 6 years ago

How cute!

And there was the kitty who barked like a dog.

How long before they start using the English language? or French? or German?

Of course, you can always take a course in animal communication.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine6 years ago