The Cat Came Back is a fun, silly song that kids love. Here are several piano arrangements, plus guitar tabs in two keys!
From "The Learning Station":
With its great repeating bass line, this song is a natural for guitar - but in both keys, there is one hard chord! The key of Am uses an F chord, and the key of Em uses a B chord. Both are hard for beginners, but this is good practice:
In Am, the tab (melody) is more easily played if your left hand remains loosely in an Am chord shape. I have played this as a trio with 2 other guitar players, with one on melody, one playing a bass line (a, g, f, e on string 5 and 6), and the other on chords. It's fun!
The piano solo arrangement has nice energy:
Two lead sheets for other instruments (or piano!):
Download lead sheet for The Cat Came Back in Dm
(If you choose the Dm lead sheet, you'll find that a left hand descending bass line accompaniment is SO SIMPLE - and it's identical to the line found in Erie Canal, which even beginners tend to master, though it isn't technically beginner level to put that changing left hand together with a melody. They work at it because it's fun.)
For beginning piano, here are three shared-hands melody arrangements:
Here is page one of ALMOST the same melody, but with a few alphanotes to help out. What's different about the melody? These oh-so-slightly-altered melodic lines fit entirely in the 5 fingers of the right hand with no movement required!
The following sheet is a greatly simplified version of the melody - most of the skips (thirds) have been removed:
Here's a fun recording from Laurie Berkner that stars a very sweet LIVE kitty: