The Ad-Dressing of Cats is the final song of the musical, it is sung by Old Deuteronomy.

Context Edit

After Grizabella leaves to begin her new life, Old Deuteronomy summarises for the audience, what we have seen and learned throughout the course of the show.

The song is spoken directly to the audience, with Old Deuteronomy explaining how to address a cat properly. While it is mostly sung solo by Old Deuteronomy, the ensemble echo him in key points. In the last verse, all Cats sing together as a finale hurrah for the audience. There is little choreography, with the ensemble standing and listening to Old Deuteronomy.

Lyrics Edit


You've heard of several kinds of cat
And my opinion now is that,
You should need no interpreter
To understand our character.
You've learned enough to take the view,
That Cats are very much like you.
You seen us both at work and games.
And learned about our proper names.
Our habits, and our habitat.
But how would you address a Cat?
So first your memory I'll jog,
And say a cat is not a dog.
So first your memory I'll jog,
And say a cat is not a dog.
With cats, some say, "One rule is true.
Dont speak till you are spoken to."
Myself, I do not hold with that.
I say, "You should address a cat.
But always keep in mind that he
Resents familiarity."
You bow, and taking off your hat,
Address him in this form, "O Cat."
Before a cat will condescend
to treat you as a trusted friend
Some little token of esteem
Is needed like, a dish of cream.
And you might now and then supply
Some caviar, or Straussburg pie.
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste
He's sure to have his personal taste.
And so in time you'll reach your aim,
and call him by his name!
A cat's entitled to expect,
These evidences of respect.
So this is this, and that is that,
And that's how you address a cat!

Videos Edit

The Ad-dressing of Cats03:38

The Ad-dressing of Cats

The Ad-dressing of Cats: 1998 film

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