According to an article in the November, 1971, issue of Playboy magazine, Harry Nilsson, had just released an album called While the Cat is Away.
As for Nilsson's future: It may include more scores and albums (his latest, While the Cat ls Away, was just released) or, he says, "It might take me back to computer work at the bank in Van Nuys." For music's sake, we hope it's not the latter.
-- Playboy (November, 1971)
-  Nilsson Schmilsson was released in November of 1971, so "While the Cat is Away" may have been a working title for Nilsson Schmilsson .
-  "On the Scene" Playboy (1971-11)
- While the Cat is Away fantasy cover art by Peter Devaney.