Bob the streetcat dies

"“Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that" - James Bowen

Photo credit: A Streetcat Named Bob Facebook

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Bob the cat, the star of ‘A Streetcat Named Bob’ has died at the age of at least 14 years.

Recovering addict James Bowen first met Bob in 2007 when he found him abandoned and injured. James took care of Bob who in turn gave him a reason to get up each morning. They quickly became inseparable, busking and selling The Big Issue on the streets of London.

In 2012 Hodder & Stoughton published James’ first book, A Street Cat Named Bob, telling his and Bob’s extraordinary story. The book was a publishing sensation, selling – along with its sequels The World According to Bob, A Gift from Bob and The Little Book of Bob – more than eight million books in more than forty languages, and was made into a film in 2016. Bob appeared in the film as himself and will appear in a sequel, A Gift from Bob, later this year.

Photo credit: A Streetcat Named Bob Facebook

James and Bob travelled all over the world meeting well-wishers at book signings.

In a Facebook post, James Bowen said, “Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that. He gave me so much more than companionship. 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.”