A black and white domestic shorthair cat named Merlin has been awarded the Guiness World Record for loudest purr by a domestic cat.

At 67.8 decibels, Merlin is ever-so-slightly louder than the previous record holder, another British cat named Smokey, whose purr registered 67.68 decibels.

At this point the question must be asked - why are British cats so happy? Or are they just the loudest about it? Are they simply registering their approval of having official government representation?

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Video evidence of this record-setting purr can be seen below: