It's Raining Cats and Dogs

A fun song for preschoolers and young singers age 3-8

It's Raining Cats and Dogs

It's Raining Cats and Dogs is a great story-telling song with the opportunity to work on expressive singing.

Enjoy "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" using the printed music, lyrics, teaching strategies, printable teaching aids and audio tracks.

View sample score

Fun Concert Repertoire

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs is a fun concert song for younger students. Add actions to the song to help students remember the lyrics and to create visual interest in the concert setting. Students love being able to “meow and woof” the lyrics of the second verse. Soloists may also be assigned the meow and woof sections to show off their “theatrical talents”. 

Cat - yellow umbrella
Dog - under parachute

Expressive Singing

Follow the markings in “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” and sing expressively.

The mood of this song is optimistic. The singer is hoping to find lots of cats and dogs AND be able to keep the ones that are collected!

Many instructions in music scores are written in Italian and German. These are standard music terms used in music created by composers around the world regardless of the language they normally speak.

Students will need to understand the following Italian instructions:

  • molto rit. – slowing down a lot (molto = much)
  • rit. – gradually slow down
  • a tempo – back to the original tempo (at tempo)
  • Fermata – hold or pause. The length of the pause is up to the performer, but a standard length for the hold is twice the value of the note with the fermata. (You may discuss how a “pause” in a song about dogs and cats with “paws” is a funny play on words!)

Encourage solo singers to add some theatrical flair in bar 25, where you see the instruction to “sigh” during the rest (use the extra quarter beat created by the fermata). This can be a tired or loving sigh, or any emotion you wish to convey; or it can even be a theatrical “meow” or “woof”. The singer may add their own interpretation as they wish.

For fun, sing the whole song using  only “woof” or “meow” and/or use a variety of woof/meow combinations.

Singing Cat - Meow

Props and Presentation

Students may wish to add some props to add some visual interest to their performance. Some suggestions are:

  • Hold an empty box while singing, or place it on the floor as a visual prop.
  • Hold a toy dog or cat during the performance. (A prop can also be a helpful “security item” for a shy singer to hold onto for support if they are nervous about performing.)
  • Use face paint to create dog and cat faces for your group performance.
  • Add a few colourful umbrellas for a “splash” of colour.
Empty Box - ready for Cats and Dogs

Add actions to the song to enhance the concert or recital presentation. A list of suggested actions is included on page 10 of the PDF document.

Music Extensions

Additional music activities are provided in the printable pdf (see sample here)

Keep the Beat:

-  explore steady beat

-  rit., a tempo and fermata

-  conducting (silent beat keeping)

Rhythm Reading:

-  clap, tap and say the rhythms for the whole song

Compose - using simple rhythm elements (quater notes, quarter rests and eighth notes

-  give your students the opportunity to compose their own original rhythm patterns

-  use fun printable rhythm element cards (see sample of cards included in pdf download)

-  read, tap, and play the simple rhythms created by the students

-  combine 4-beat rhythms to create longer songs

-  create rounds and canons with student rhythm patterns

Practice and reinforce understanding of rhythm patterns - using "call and response" activities

-  use the rhythm patterns created by the students

-  clap or play patterns, reading from flash cards

-  clap or play patterns by ear

-  create call and response “conversations”

Audio Sample - It's Raining Cats and Dogs

Vocal and Piano (sample)


The audio tracks included in the It's Raining Cats and Dogs can be used for concert and studio recitals. No Licensing fee is required to add these tracks to online classes or performances.

Teaching Music to Young Students – ways to use the song:

Vocal studio teachers and classroom teachers can use "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" for a variety of purposes including performance repertoire/concerts/recitals, expressive singing, musical theatre/dramatizing the text, actions and MORE!


Have the students create “Raining Cats and Dogs art” while listening to the song.


Use It's Raining Cats and Dogs as a spring-board into other weather related activities

 - discuss the rain cycle, cloud formations and weather terms.

 - track and chart daily weather in your area.

 - create a rain circle (see Elementary Music with Donna video on FaceBook).

 - read weather and rain related books 

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Sing other Donna Rhodenizer songs starring Cats and Dogs - find these tunes in the Donna & Andy store

 - sing other Donna Rhodenizer songs about the weather

Teachers - Is Singing Restricted in Your Area (schools)?

There are still many ways to engage with this piece of music in meaningful musical ways.

Read through the lyrics together.
  - Follow a printed lyrics sheet and circle all the dog and cat words in the song.

  - Have the children suggest other animals that might work to create a unique version of the song.

  - Do the actions for the song while listening to the instrumental plus vocal track.

  - For a real challenge - do the actions for the song with the instrumental and melody guide track. A real test for inner hearing skills!

Dog and Boy at Piano

It's Raining Cats and Dogs - Download Sheet Music, Audio Tracks, Activities and Instructions

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Donna Rhodenizer - looking for Cats and Dogs

Composer, Elementary Music Specialist, Performer

Donna Rhodenizer

Donna has been writing songs for young elementary-aged singers since the 1980s, with over 400 songs in her catalogue! She is intrigued by the world around her and delights in sharing her unique perspective writing songs that are catchy and capture the imagination of young singers. The playfulness of her lyrics and musical stylings make her songs favourites with elementary students and young vocal students the solid musical value of her writing makes her songs popular with music educators in elementary classrooms and private vocal studios.

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