Cat #1 is the fourth album released by former KissdrummerPeter Criss, and first under the band name Criss. Criss re-recorded the Kiss song Beth for the album. Unlike the orchestrated original version, the new recording was an acoustic version. The album also features former-Kiss bandmate Ace Frehley playing guitar on three tracks.
In 1993, Criss released a special limited edition preview EP of his forthcoming album. Three tracks were released on the 1994 CD and two tracks were only available on the limited edition.
For the cover art, it was Criss' idea to paint half of his face in his original Kiss makeup, while leaving the other half plain, the idea was to link past, and present into one.