Is an audible purr an aspect that you look for in a cat? Well, Bluey has plenty to go around. This sweet little domestic cat that lost her home recently is thought to be the new record holder of world's loudest purr.
After Bluey arrived at the Blue Cross rehoming center in Cambridge, the staff wondered if this affectionate 12 year old's loud purr signaled a medical condition. After the veterinarian ruled the cat in good health, it just so happens she has an extraordinarily loud purr. Officials at the shelter attribute this loud purr on Bluey's slight hearing loss, causing her to not know how loud she is actually purring. However, a bit of deafness does not completely explain the high decibel of her chirps and purrs.
Bluey's purrs weigh in at 91 decibels, far beyond the average cat's purr and over the current record holder Smokey's 67.7 decibels. To give a frame of reference, casual conversation normally rings in at around 60 decibels while a circular saw runs between 90 to 100 decibels. It's a very loud purr.
Bluey lost her home and ended up at the Blue Cross rehoming center after her owner had to go into care. The staff state one of the biggest questions they receive when visitors look to adopt a cat is: do they purr? Potential pet owners that love an audible purrer are sure to love Bluey, or so they hope.
Clare Thomas from Blue Cross states, “Bluey purrs all the time. She just has to see someone and she starts purring. She purrs when she’s playing and she purrs when she’s eating. We think Bluey is a little deaf but that doesn’t stop her enjoying life. She’s such a happy, friendly cat and she will make such a loving companion.”