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Last Updated: Friday May 06 2011 05:43 GMT

Cat with loudest purr confimed by Guinness World Records

Smokey the cat

HEAR: Is this the world's loudest cat?

It's purr-ficial! A pet cat has been told it has the LOUDEST purr ever recorded.

Smokey's purr is as loud as a lawn mower or a hairdryer! Imagine having that noise on your lap as you watch TV!

Guinness World Records has confirmed that the noisy cat, from Northampton, is a record breaker.

The 12-year-old's purr reaches 67.7 decibels - which is about 16 times louder than a normal cat. Her owner says they are very happy with the news.

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A spokesman said: "Guinness World Records is a veritable cat-alogue of fantastic felines, and Smokey is a welcome addition to the family."

But Smokey has a long way to go before being the loudest creature.

That title belongs to the blue whale who can reach 188 decibels!