Can any old hit parade music buffs help?
"The cat came back, the cat came back, we thought he was a goner but the cat came back 'cos he wouldn't stay away" (if that's any help in jogging memories)
Futher to the above I have now found this version which is close - but I dont think this is the version I'm looking for.
Also noted a couple of comments from You Tube.
"This was a hit in England in the fifties but this version is more realistic"
" This doesn't sound exactly like what I remember hearing on the radio, but it's a lot closer than some others I have found here"
I also fancy that the version I recall was more of an American accent and sung a little quieter.