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It was reported in certain newspapers on 11/01/2013 that another cat has been recorded at Purring at a level of 100dB
According to film footage shown on You Tube and from photographs, it appears that these readings were taken at the cat's mouth and not at the 1 metre distance that Guinness World Records specify for readings to be taken- as were Smokey's readings.
Therefore, Smokey is still the Guinness World Records loudest purring cat . Smokey was measured at a distance of 1 metre away and a reading of 67.7dB was obtained.
The recordings taken by the rival cat are not valid as they have not been taken at the required 1 metre distance and give a totally false impression of the volume of the cats purring level.
It is incorrect and totally misleading to make comparisons with other decibel readings or with Smokey's record or make any implication that the cat has taken -or is about to take -Smokey's Guinness World Record.
It should also be noted that there must not be any background or other noise, talking or squeaking during recordings.
When sound is recorded the closer one is to the sound- source, the louder it appears and the higher the resulting decibel readings taken. For the sake of an eye-catching headline this fact has been totally ignored by these certain newspapers.
If this rival cat actually purrs at 100dB then, in effect, they are claiming that their cat purrs at a level which is 25 times louder than an average cat, who purrs at 25dB. Decibels are measuerd logarithmically for every 3dB increase in sound measured the volume is increased by a further mutliple. The cat in question would be purring at a level of 12 times louder than Smokey.
If I were to take recordings of Smokey at her mouth I would also be able to claim sensational readings of over 100dB.
Some Television footage has a reporter sitting next to the cat in question who, without raising his voice, is interviewing the lady whilst the cat purrs and readings were taken. Surley if claims that the cat purrs as loud as a Jack Hammer or an underground train are true, then ear- defenders would be required and one would have to shout in order to be heard. It is also important to note that as readings are being taken, nobody should be speaking or the decibel reader is recording their voice and not the purring of the cat!!!
Guidelines for a Guinness World Record Purring attempt are available on our web site. With Guinness World Records everything has to be scientifically proven without question and we followed their guidlines exactly.
Smokey is still the Guinness World Records Loudest Purring Cat 25/04/2013
news flash- Smokey and Ruth Adams have started work on their sequal book, hopefully to be sheduled to be published in August 2013.
Smokey is the worlds loudest purring cat and holder of a Guinness World Record. Gunniess World Record.
Smokey has been featured in every UK National newspaper, on Daybreak TV,"This Morning",BBC and Anglia. She has also been filmed by ABC News 'Good Morning America', NBC News 'Today',Animal Planet's 'MustLove Cats' show and also Ukraine TV AND on radio stations all over the world including Canada,Australia,South Africa,New Zealand, America and the Gulf States and even the BBC World Service. Smokey is featured on web sites all over the World. If you google her name you will get around 10,000,000 hits.
Smokey has been recorded at purring at a level of 67.7dB which is 14 times louder than the 25dB of a normal cat.All measurements were taken at a distance of 1 metre away from the cat. Smokey's purring reaches a sound level comparable to a hairdryer or a lawn mower.Smokey's purring is louder than normal converstation. The UK National Press ran with headlines off 'Purrs like a Boeing 747' Imagine trying to watch television with that amount of contentment humming and cooing in your lounge.
Smokey's exceptional "singing" talent was discovered when she volunteered with her owner to help promote the spaying and neutering of cats in her home town of Northampton in the United Kingdom. She was hoping to raise awarness about the welfare benefits in spaying/neutering and draw attention to the UK's leading feline charity Cats Protection.
You can contact Smokey via email, she can respond to any questions you may have about her life style, upcoming events or press enqueries. Click Here to Contact Smokey
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