>James Bowen, 34, a London street musician turned bestselling author and YouTube sensation, shares how his life has changed since he took in an alley cat named Bob.

What was your life like before Bob?

I used to be a heroin addict. Bob came along just as I made it into a supported housing program and methadone program.

With Bob by your side, what changed?

I was invisible before. Bob gave me a talking point. All of a sudden people wanted to know what the heck a cat was doing on the street with me.

Did you ever expect your book would become a bestseller and be translated into 26 languages?

Every single day I wake up and think this can’t be real. I’m going to wake up any minute now in an alleyway and have to go back out busking.

Is it true people send gifts to Bob?

The scarf count is in the hundreds. He gets blankets and toys from all over the world.

What do you think Bob thinks?

He knows all this attention that’s been happening and everything that’s changing in our lives is because of him. And he’s proud of it.

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