Another Hot On Smokey's Tail

12 January 2013, 06:00 | Updated: 13 January 2013, 11:37

Smokey, the world's loudest purring cat, from Pitsford near Northampton, has got competition hot on her tail.

Smokey entered the Guinness World Records in 2011 with a purr measuring 67.7 decibels.  Now a cat called Merlin from Torquay is claiming to be able to purr even louder.

The record management team at Guinness World Records are waiting to receive the evidences in order to be able to confirm whether or not Merlin has beaten Smokey.

Smokey's owner Ruth Adams told Heart:

"I think we'd actually be quite upset really, devastated its been quite nice and quite a lot of fun to have the claim" 

Smokey's fame has led to her featuring on television and radio around the world

She's also in the process of writing her second book.

Ruth says both her and Smokey would graciously accept defeat if they were beaten and they would consider an attempt to reclaim the title.