Skip to comments.How a feral cat helped a homeless man turn his life around
Posted on 06/29/2014 11:31:27 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Who says only cats get nine lives? With the help of his feline friend, James Bowen has been given a few extra chances of his own.
Just a few years ago Bowen was down and out, selling copies of The Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless people, on rainy London streets, when his fortune changed forever.
He met a stray orange kitten with an outgoing demeanor that he named Bob. The cat had an abscess on his leg, and Bowen cobbled together money for antibiotics and nursed the little kitty back to health.
When his treatments were done and I was trying to get him to find his own way home, he just started following me, until the day he followed me onto the bus, says Bowen.
In 2010, Bowen published his first book, A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life. It quickly became a best-seller.
My life is completely like a sort of Fresh Prince of Bel Air [story], Bowen says from his flat in London. Flipped upside down.
Bowen has gone on to write four more books three childrens titles and a new book, The World According to Bob.
All told, the books have sold more than one million copies and have even resulted in a movie deal: A film based on A Street Cat Named Bob is currently in production and has a tentative 2015 release date. Not bad for a stray cat and a guy who used to sell newspapers on the street.
Its crazy to [be] somebody who lived in a low-budget accommodation, a kind of hostel
now on the property ladder, and paying something called income tax. Which seems quite exorbitant, he says, laughing.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Great cat, that’s a very heartwarming story. Thanks for posting it, because even though I read the NY Post everyday I missed it!
I guess the moral of the story is he helped himself by helping another creature.
Fat Freddy's cat?
Fat Freddy's cat?
My kitties would agree.
I think this is my most favorite kitty ping story.
I have condensation on my computer screen.
It’s a goodie, you betcha.
Great story. He helps a kitteh and the kitteh helps him. Pretty cool.
Loved the book.....I have a cat just as responsive, intelligent and interactive....what a joy he is!
Thanks for posting.
That cat doesn’t look feral to me, he looks like he might be the brains of this operation.
That does deserve a LOL.
Reuters and NY Post pictures can’t be posted. Unfortunate in this case, but there it is.
Not a problem, more an FYI. Who isn’t a sucker for a kitty pic?
There’s a video at the bottom of the book reviews. Bob the cat is coming to the US...
What a great story :-)
God bless Mr Bowen and Bob! Great story.
I love orange tiger cats. Bob is a beautiful boy, and he looks as though he’ll smack anyone who gets out of line.
Winston Churchills old estate has a new resident: an orange and white colored rescue cat named Jock VI. The cat is an unusual legacy of Churchill. The late British leader requested that there always be an orange cat with white chest fur, white paws and named Jock living at Chartwell, his estate in Kent, England.
You’re very welcome.
> That cat doesnt look feral to me, he looks like he might be the brains of this operation.
Ssssh! They think we don’t know.
Bob definitely doesn’t take kitty litter from anyone.
Churchill has spoken.
He’s on facebook! Almost 250 thousand ‘friends’ all over the world...
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