Scientists said if your cat purrs, means they feel relaxed and they love you. What if they got them purrs in a higher level? Well, we can definitely assume that they love us endlessly!
And this luck is rewarded to a woman Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice who adopted a black-and-white cat named Merlin in Torquay, Devon (UK). This kitty surprisingly has a really loud purr which made Westwood have to repeat herself when she was in a conversation.
Merlin measured 67.8 decibels for confirmation by a Guinness World Records examiner, surpassing the previous record of 67.68 decibels set by another British cat, Smoky, in 2011. They said Merlin’s purr was as noisy as a conversation or an air conditioner and nearly as loud as a shower or even a dishwasher.
“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.” – Tracy expressed the opinion about her purr king Merlin during recent filming of the Channel 5 TV show, ‘Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2’.
Although convincing the person in the other line of the call that was a cat’s noise but Tracy said she wasn’t sure if they believed it. “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.”
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.”
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 genus cats who purr.”
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