SMOKEY the pedigree rescue cat, famous for her loud miaow, may have set a new world record thanks to a top purr-formance.
The 12-year-old British short-hair was encouraged to purr in front of recording equipment yesterday by her owner Ruth Adams at her Pitsford home.
Ruth stroked, brushed and tickled Smokey under her chin and even fed her bacon and ham, to get her feline in the mood.
The data is now on its way to the Guinness World Record organisation, with the pair anxiously waiting to find out if judges will accept Smokey’s effort.
Sound engineers from Northampton College marked a peak of 62 decibels in Smokey’s purr, recorded from one metre away for clarity.
But once the distance has been factored in to the results, they believe it could be up in the 70s, enough to give Smokey the title.
Ruth became Smokey’s eighth owner when she collected her from NANNA Animal Rescue three years ago.
Ruth, who was supported by the Cat Protection Agency in the attempt, said: “She has always been very loud, always interrupting the television.
“She’s just a very loud, happy cat, we fell in love with her straight away.
“We can’t believe the attention she has received. We thought that maybe she was the loudest cat in Northampton but now it has gone worldwide.
“I’m a bit nervous about it, because I don’t think this was her loudest purr. You never know what’s going to happen when you’re relying on an animal.
“But I really hope she has set the record. It will be very exciting.”
Her pet cat has made headlines as far away as Australia, America and even Ukraine with the unusually loud sound she emits when tickled behind the ear.
For more information about Smokey, visit her website www.smokeythepurringcat.com