Kitty that inspired A Street Cat Named Bob book and film dies at age 14
Author James Bowen, who was battling drug addiction at the time, found Bob the abandoned ginger cat in 2007 and the pair became inseparable.
The cat that inspired the bestselling book A Street Cat Named Bob has died at the age of 14.
Bob’s owner, James Bowen, tweeted a message on Wednesday about the death, simply captioned, “He will live in our hearts – always. RIP Bob.”
Bowen, who was battling drug addiction at the time, found the abandoned ginger cat in 2007 and decided to look after him. Bob would often join Bowen when he was busking on the streets and the pair became inseparable.
A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life was published in 2012.
The bestselling book was later turned into a movie in 2016 with Bob appearing in the film. The kitty did get a chance to appear in the film’s sequel, A Gift From Bob, which is slated for later this year.
The book’s publisher, Hodden & Stoughton, issued a statement that was posted in Facebook: "As James and Bob continued to find fans all over the world, Bob led an incredible life meeting well-wishers at book signings, travelling the world and coping with feline fame. He was an extraordinary cat who will be greatly missed."
Bowen said in the statement, “Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that.”
He added: “With him at my side, I found a direction and purpose that I’d been missing. The success we achieved together through our books and films was miraculous. He’s met thousands of people, touched millions of lives. There’s never been a cat like him. And never will again. I feel like the light has gone out in my life. I will never forget him.”