In her autobiography, Unzipped, Quatro says this ballad is "a song I wrote all about leaving Detroit, and one of the most popular live songs for years." It was actually co-written with her lead guitarist and future first husband Len Tuckey.
Cats have a wider field of view and exceptional night vision, which makes the "cat's eye" a great metaphor for finding meaning. In this song, Quatro has found this vision and is no longer blind.
Susan Kay Quatro was born in Detroit on June 3, 1950, and played in rock bands from the age of 14. In 1970, while performing in her hometown she caught the eye of the British producer Mickie Most, and moved to the UK the following year; commercial success soon followed. Her singles, including "Devil Gate Drive" and "Can The Can," were usually written by her producers, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chin, but Quatro was a talented writers and worked on many of the album cuts, including "Cat Size."
"Cat Size" was released on the Bell Label as the B-side of "Keep A Knockin'," a cover of a Little Richard classic.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3
"There was a thing in England in the roads that was invented - these little spotlights in the road when you're on a dark road - and they were called cat's eyes," she said. "I thought, What a great idea for a song, which is what I called it. But I wanted to be clever, so I called it 'Cat Size' - just to be clever. But you've got the meaning right - it is something that sees in the dark."