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I’ve always been certain that my cranky, verbose Siamese, Mao, is the loudest cat in the world. His voice has served him well. Once, when he went missing, we heard him a quarter of a mile away, wailing from inside a neighbor’s garage in which he’d gotten trapped.

So imagine my surprise when I heard about a cat whose PURR is claimed to be the loudest in the world. Smokey has had eight owners who have all been unable to cope with her incessant 737 purring. Here’s the report from ABC:

Is your cat louder than that?