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  • Why do Napoleon and Lafayette refer to Edgar as "She" and "Her"?
    • I read somewhere on Disney Wiki that there was a deleted character, Madame Bonfamille's maid, who would have formed a Big Bad Duumvirate with Edgar. Perhaps the dogs are referring to this maid character, but the creators forgot to edit those lines after erasing her from the movie.
    • At what point does this happen? If you're referring to Napoleon's 'I got her wide open!' line, that's just another way of saying 'I am making this vehicle go very fast' (ie. the clutch is wide open) so he's referring to the fact that he is pushing the side-car as fast as he can.
  • Why was Duchess speaking in rhyme in the "She never felt alone" moment?
    • Because it's a reference to a deleted song.
      • That's the out-of-universe answer. Maybe an in-universe answer could be that Duchess was feeling poetic so she thought it would be appropriate to speak in rhyme, or that she was even writing a poem (because if the cats can write songs on the fly, who's to say they can't write poems, too?).
  • Why does Napoleon think he's the "leader"?
    • Why not? He's bossier and seems to be the elder of the two.
    • Obviously because of his complex.
    • It's also a bit of Fridge Brilliance concerning the relationship between the real Napoleon and Lafayette. Essentially, Lafayette was a huge annoyance to Napoleon for various reasons and Napoleon was the leader, with constant concerns that Lafayette was undermining him.
  • With all the O' names, why didn't the Alley Cats guess that Roquefort was talking about O'Malley?
    • They seemed to have a strict policy not to trust anyone who claimed to be sent by someone they didn't know. They were probably making sure he wasn't making it up or sent by a stranger.
  • How did Roquefort suddenly remember O'Malley's name?
    • Sometimes all it takes is a fear of death to make people remember things. He already knew it was "O'-something" so it's not like he was working completely from scratch...
  • Even if Roquefort hadn't been able to remember O’Malley’s name, would it not have been enough for him to mention Duchess and the kittens, like he does later. The Alley Cats would know who he was talking about since they met them the previous night. Not to mention that every single name for O’Malley that Roquefort guessed was “O’-something”.
  • How come O'Malley initially wants Duchess not to hang out with his friends because they're "not exactly [her] type" and he was presumably referring to their use of slang, yet he used two slang words himself to describe them (namely "buddies" and "swingers")?
    • He may have been referring to their overall breeding, not just their use of slang—Duchess and her kittens are "proper," wealthy cats, while O'Malley and his gang are streetwise and on the rough side. O'Malley probably thought that Duchess wouldn't appreciate being with a bunch of noisy, freewheeling cats in a jazz club with her small children, and thus tried to dissuade her.
  • Who's going to take care of the cats now that Edgar is gone?
    • Given that Madame Bonfamillie said she plans on creating a home for alley cats, she's probably decided to go the philanthropic route with her money, which means she's going to need a group of people to staff the charity. Presumably she'll hire some younger cat lovers/musicians who will become the furry family's new caretakers.
  • Did Edgar really never consider waiting until Madame Bonfamillie died before he tried getting rid of her cats? If he had waited until then, it would be much less of a risk for him as Madame evidently reported her missing cats to the police. (It even appears in the newspaper.) Plus, one might also consider the possibility that she might adopt another cat and leave her fortune to that one instead.
    • It would probably be even more suspicious if the cats were to disappear so suddenly after they had been publicly declared the inheritors of the old woman’s fortune, especially since it would be harder for Edward to deny that he had any motive if questioned at that point. As I recall, the movie is kicked off by him overhearing the inheritance discussion rather than being intentionally made aware of it.

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