How Cats Change Your World: Five People Whose Lives Have Been Transformed by Their Cats

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Guest post by Loren Brutsch

Small and fluffy or big and trim, it doesn’t matter. Sharing life with a cat can change a person’s life. To some that change simply means coming home to unconditional love every day, but for others it can mean fame and fortune.

We’ve selected five cat guardians who, by deciding to welcome a furry friend into their home, have experienced incredible, life changing success.

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1. James Bowen and Street Cat Bob

James Bowen was at a low point in 2007, when a ginger cat named Bob walked into his life. Bowen was a down on his luck British street musician who was busking the streets of London. Bowen and Bob caught the attention of Mary Pachnos, a literary agent who had represented the British edition of Marley and Me. The encounter would change their lives irrevocably. Bowen’s first book, A Street Cat Named Bob, became an international bestseller. Several other books followed, most recently, A Gift From Bob, and the first book is currently being made into a major motion picture.

Check out more at: https://www.facebook.com/StreetCatBob

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2. Tabatha Bundesen and Grumpy Cat

Tabatha Bundesen was a waitress in Arizona up until her silly little cat began bringing home the dough. Tardar Sauce, or “Grumpy Cat” as we all like to call her, is a three-year-old cat with a nasty under bite and dwarfism, which is what has sent her shooting into superstardom on the Internet. Bundesen told The Telegraph that she was able to quit her job just days after Grumpy Cat’s first appearance on the World Wide Web through Reddit. It’s been three years since that fateful post and, thanks to her feline friend, Bundesen has reportedly earned over $100 million through movie and media appearances, book deals, modeling, and more.

Check out more at: https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialGrumpyCat

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3. Sebastian Langton and Rango

Though they didn’t get their big break through social media fame, Sebastian Langton’s tabby cat Rango has thrown him into the world of success. Unfortunately, there’s a very sad beginning to this take of pet-inspired transformation. When Rango went missing two years ago, Langton felt such a gut-wrenching loss that he believed no one else should have to experience it if he could help it. Instead of sinking into sadness, he turned his emotional turmoil into innovation and created the world’s smallest and lightest, fully waterproof GPS pet tracker. He called it Pod. The tracker has taken the world by storm. Thousands of Pods are in use around the globe. Researchers are learning all about what our pets get up to when we’re not looking. Most of all our pets stay safe.

Check out more at: https://www.facebook.com/podtrackers

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4. Jay Stow and Hamilton the Hipster Cat

Jay Stowe met his best friend Hamilton at a rescue shelter in San Francisco. One look at the little guy and Stowe knew Hamilton was the hippest cat in town. Flaunting a perfectly sculpted ‘stache, Hamilton has always been destined for fame, it just took a little push from comedian guardian Stowe to get there. After quickly becoming an Internet sensation – with over 100 thousand fans on Facebook, multiple memes, and almost 300 thousand followers on Instagram – Hamilton the Hipster Cat now has his own clothing line along with the hearts of Internet-dwellers everywhere.

Check out more at: https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonTheHipsterCat

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5. Ingrid King and Amber

While Amber may not have brought fame and fortune to award winning author Ingrid King (yet,) she was imperative in helping the former veterinary hospital manager discover her true passion. Amber inspired the creation of The Conscious Cat, one of the top 5 pet blogs on the internet, through which King reaches hundreds of thousands of cat lovers every month who want to learn about conscious living, health and happiness for their feline family members and for themselves.

Photos of James Bowen, Grumpy Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat via their Facebook pages, photo of Sebastian Langton courtesy of Podtrackers, used with permission

 

11 Comments on How Cats Change Your World: Five People Whose Lives Have Been Transformed by Their Cats

  1. Judith Taylor
    November 13, 2015 at 11:06 am (4 years ago)

    No mention of Lil Bub, Ingrid? She is awesome and her story is wonderful. I love the post, cats are amazing.

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  2. Debi
    November 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm (4 years ago)

    All my kitties have changed my life through love, but especially Zoe and Cholla who helped me through the untimely death of my husband. They gave me a reason to get up every morning when I had lost all motivation. Cholla is gone now too, but Zoe is still with me helping to fill my home with love! <3

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    • Ingrid
      November 13, 2015 at 6:59 am (4 years ago)

      Cats make the best comforters during times of grief, Debi, don’t they. I’m sorry about your husband, but so glad you had Cholla and still have Zoe to help you.

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      • Debi
        November 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm (4 years ago)

        Yes, they are the best! Thank you.

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  3. Monica Ackerman
    November 12, 2015 at 1:11 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Ingrid, I think you read my story about how Maxximus turned a cat hater into an animal lover and activist. If not, I’ll be happy to share it with you. It’s not very long and has been published online, in the San Franciso Chronicle and the book Whiskers, Wits, and Wisdom. Maxximus is gone but his legacy will linger forever.

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  4. Vicky Cuevas
    November 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm (4 years ago)

    What about Cole and Marmalade?

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    • Ingrid
      November 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Absolutely! I love Cole and Marmalade!

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  5. Fur Everywhere
    November 11, 2015 at 11:26 am (4 years ago)

    Cats have definitely taken over the Internet!

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    • Ingrid
      November 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm (4 years ago)

      As well they should!

      Reply
  6. Janine
    November 11, 2015 at 8:44 am (4 years ago)

    Great post today

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    • Ingrid
      November 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Janine!

      Reply

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