Ruth Adams is overjoyed after Guinness agreed to amend the entry for the world’s loudest domestic purring cat – making her cat Smokey, who died nine years ago, and rival cat Merlin joint winners. The 57-year-old spent hours carrying out extensive research to understand the science behind the accuracy of measuring sound after Merlin’s purr beat Smokey’s by just ONE TENTH of a decibel in 2015.
Ruth enlisted the help of a leading sound engineer in New Zealand and compiled a detailed report, which she sent to Guinness in February, questioning the fairness and accuracy of Merlin’s recordings, including the accuracy of the decibel reader, the distance between the decibel reader and the cat and whether a vet was present.
Now Guinness World Records has accepted her research and made Smokey and Merlin joint world record holders for the loudest purring cat and amended the entry online.
Ruth said: “It’s very rare to get a Guinness World Record amended, so I’m absolutely thrilled. I'm so excited and pleased for Smokey as well, his reputation has been restored.”
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