Merlin the cat enters the record books

Meet Merlin — the ideal pet as long as you do not mind the noise. 

A team from the Guinness Book of Records visited him at home with owner Tracy Westwood and measured his purring at 67.8 decibels, which is almost as loud as a shower or a dishwasher.

Ms Westwood, from Torquay, UK, said: “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.

“If he’s cleaning he gets louder and 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.”

Ms Westwood found Merlin at a rescue centre.


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