Meet the cat with a purr as loud as an air conditioner

Merlin the cat set a new world record for loudest purr.

What is as loud as a dishwasher and noisy as an air conditioning unit?

Merlin the cat.

The 13-year-old rescue animal from Devon, England, is now the world recordholder for the loudest purr by a domestic cat, according to Guinness World Records.

Guinness tweeted about Merlin’s new title on Wednesday with the caption “Miaow-wow!”.

Merlin’s purr registered at 67.8 decibels, narrowly beating a previous record set by Smokey the cat in 2011.

Merlin’s owner Tracy Westwood says her world champion is very vocal.

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself,” Westwood told Guinness. “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.”.

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