I recently recorded the death of Bob, the ginger tabby cat who found fame when he turned around the life of James Bowen from a drug addict living on his wits to a settled man in flat with Bob besides him in bed (link to article). It was a long a hugely successful story. Bowen and Bob had been together since 2007. I wondered how he had died.
Today, it has come to light that Bob was hit by a car less than a mile from his home. Bob was struck on the head. He died instantaneously. Bob’s body was taken to a vet by a member of the public. The name of the driver is unknown. He appears not to have stopped at the accident. There are calls for the UK law to make it obligatory to stop as is the case for dogs.
The Daily Mail reports that 2 weeks before Bob disappeared Bowen wrote on his Facebook page:
These days his street cat lifestyle is long behind him, but of course Bob likes a breath of fresh air every now and again.
Bob had a purpose built catio which he appears to have escaped (but Bowen’s statement indicates to me that he let Bob go outside but I may be misinterpreting it). Late last Saturday James noticed that he was missing when he could not find him at bedtime. Bob used to sleep on his bed on a blue fleece over the duvet.
“I went outside and called him but he didn’t come” Bowen told the Daily Mail. On Monday a vet called Bowen to say Bob had been found “but it’s bad mews”.
Bob accompanied Bowen on many of his worldwide book tours, purring happily. He appeared as himself in a 2016 film starring Luke Treadaway as Bowen. Later this year a sequel will be aired called A Gift from Bob. He was a gift to us all. A fine cat who tragically died like many others in Britain: on the road.