well i tried your line, and it just wont do what I want it to do. I have bash version 2.05.0(1)
actually i found two versions of cat on my system, and none of them seemed to me like an alias (i didnt define any) or a link. strangely, both seem to do the same thing, but one is 9k big, the other one 122k (!!!) bothe print the same version, and both dont work.