“Honky Cat” is a song from the 1972 Elton John album Honky Château, the album’s lead-off track.
“Honky Cat” reached the Billboard top 10 when released as a single, reaching No. 31 in the UK. The song fared better in the U.S., hitting No. 8 just as John launched an American tour in September 1972.  The song remains a staple of “classic rock” radio.
A live version was released on the Here side of the Here and There live set in 1976 (and its expanded CD version in 1995), and a solo piano version appeared on the EltonJohn.com “Live in Madison Square Garden” Vol. 1 limited edition CD, recorded in October 1999.
Lee Ann Womack covered the song on the 2018 tribute album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.