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David Bowie: The Man Who Loved Cats (and the Cats Who Loved Him Back)

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The Man Who Fell to Earth. The Man Who Sold the World. The Man Who … Loved Cats?

As fans around the world mourn the death of David Bowie, a certain sub-genre of fans – felines and ailurophiles alike – are claiming the beloved musician as one of our own. And why shouldn’t we? Bowie wrote an ode to cat lovers in 1982, the seminal “Cat People,” recorded with famed producer Giorgio Moroder for director Paul Schrader’s infamous film of the same name. (You may also remember it from a pivotal scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.)

Cat-loving Bowie fans have also unearthed some gems of photographic evidence over the years. Like this:

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And this:

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Soon, cats began to express their mutual love for Bowie as well:

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There’s even a Tumblr devoted to the topic of cats who look like Bowie. For meowers in mourning, it’s a must see. (Here’s another.)


For more coverage of Bowie’s sad passing and inspiring legacy, read about his love story with Iman, see many moving fan tributes, or watch 16 of his most enduring videos.

And who could forget the decades-spanning friendship between David Bowie and Mick Jagger? Behold the dynamic duo doing what they do best – a dueling, stray alley cat impression:

Finally, Bowie’s cat-loving brethren are taking this sad time to express themselves in many creative and consumer-friendly ways. Even Grumpy Cat lent a paw to the cause.

R.I.P. David Bowie. You were the cat’s meow.