Smokey's deafening purr

A cat whose purr is so loud it's been compared to a 747 coming in to land is hoping for a world record.

Smokey has made headlines around the world in 2011.  Owner Ruth Adams enlisted the help of a college to get specialist sound equipment to record the attempt and organise some official witnesses.

The attempt, at their home, saw the 12-year-old's purr reach 73 decibels - 16 times louder than the average cat.

Mrs Adams said: "Guinness has very strict criteria and the college has been very helpful in supplying the specialist recording equipment needed to measure Smokey's purr and for arranging the official witnesses.

"Smokey is actually quite camera-shy so I was very conscious not to upset her during the record attempt so we kept it all very calm and low-key. We are very grateful to the college for stepping in to help us attempt the record and now just have to wait patiently to hear the final verdict."

Witnesses on hand for the attempt were Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris, veterinary nurse Kaye James, Diana Johnson from Cats Protection, and British Airways captain Alisdair Tait.