Cat People Will Miss You, David Bowie

We lost a true artist when David Bowie passed away, and his path crossed with cats enough that we can't help but feel the effects strongly.

The Aladdin-Sane-inspired mural at Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland shows how much cat fans loved David Bowie. Via Anastasia Thrift

David Bowie passed away over the weekend. The wave of grief in response shows the broad reach of the artist’s exceptional creativity and talent. The world was a better place with his music, and things won’t be the same without him.

The 69-year-old musician lost his battle with cancer after an 18-month period of illness and mere days after releasing an album. All this occurred in the sixth decade of his performance and recording career. He continually evolved and reinvented himself through the decades. And cat lovers love him. I love him. Here are some theories why.

Some parallels exist between the artist and the animal. Cats have nine lives, and it could be said of Bowie that he had multiple lives as well: the early mod singer; the Space Oddity; Ziggy Stardust; the Thin White Duke. He shape-shifted into each incarnation and mesmerized us with new characteristics and music.

Cats seemed pretty drawn to him. You know a cat would never deign to go near someone they disliked. All photo evidence points to a man that cats couldn’t keep their paws off. The feline lockdown was in full effect in every picture that featured him with a cat. Outlets like People Pets have even taken notice of his cat magnetism.

In 1982, he was asked to contribute lyrics and vocals to the main theme of the “Cat People” soundtrack. The movie isn’t for the lighthearted, nor, likely, for cat fans, but it led to publicity shots, and “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” is a good song, so he’ll be forever linked to a track that focuses on cats.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Bowie should have felt fully loved and admired by cat people who linked him to many cat pictures.

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