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"Unlike me, you've only got one life."

Claude the Cat or Claude the Safety Cat, is a series of PSAs by New Zealand website Worksafe.

Despite the site proper being about safety at work, the Claude the Cat PSAs teach about a variety of safety topics, such as gas heaters, electric blankets, and DIY.

The PSAs feature a talking, safety-conscious cat named Claude who urges the viewers to look after "their only life".

Claude the Cat provides examples of

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Not usually, but...
    • In the video on beach safety, Claude wears sunglasses.
    • In the video on online shopping, Claude wears reading glasses.
    • In the video about keeping warm, Claude dons a gas mask.
  • Agony of the Feet: When Claude finds a too-hot area on his owner's electric blanket, it hurts his paw and then smoke comes off his paw.
  • Beach Episode: One video is about summertime safety and features Claude at the beach.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Claude describes the signs a connection is loose as "if the plug is loose, the cord is frayed, sparks are coming out, or the bed suddenly catches fire".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Claude speaks directly to the audience.
  • Butt-Monkey: Claude's owner is often seen having accidents (falling off his ladder, having trouble setting machines up, etc).
  • Camping Episode: One video is about how you shouldn't use gas in a tent and another is about not using it in a caravan.
  • Canary in a Coal Mine: Discussed when Claude says that you'll pass out and possibly die, just like a canary in a mine, if you use gas in a caravan
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: Claude references this trope by saying that, unlike him, humans have only one life.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Claude is a black-furred cat who warns viewers about potential dangers and how to avoid accidents.
  • Delicious Daydream: When Claude tells the viewers not to use a gas stove inside a sealed-off caravan or they'll pass out like a canary in a coalmine, he says, "Mmm, canaries!" while imagining one.
  • Fainting: Claude's owner passes out once after installing his gas heater in his room.
  • Furry Reminder: Claude mainly talks, but in one PSA, he's heard screaming, "Reoww!" (the same sound effect used in That Poor Cat) upon accidentally burning himself.
  • Mistaken for Toilet: One PSA reveals that Claude thinks of the beach as a giant litterbox.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Though possibly unintentional, Claude sounds very similar to Stephen Fry.
  • No Name Given: Claude's owner and the man who helps him install his heater are unnamed. So is the mouse Claude tries to catch at one point.
  • Not So Above It All: Claude is pretty serious and at times acts unamused, but he does sometimes make jokes.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Claude has an English accent, but he sometimes lapses into his voice actor's New Zealand accent by mistake on the actor's part.
  • Pun: In one video, Claude says not to let "do it yourself" turn into "do yourself in".
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: Claude ends all his videos with "Unlike me, you've only got one life" or "Look after the only life you've got," followed by "Visit and look for me."
  • The Speechless: Claude is the only character to speak, unless you count the scream his owner makes while falling off his ladder.
  • Talking Animal: Claude occasionally makes humanlike gestures or puts on an accessory, but apart from that he acts the way a normal cat would if granted the power to talk and assigned the task to educate on safety.
  • Thermal Dissident: Being a cat, Claude loves heaters and electric blankets, and once stated that "being cold is not [his] idea of fun."
  • Toilet Humour:
    • If the video is about gas, there will usually be a fart joke.
    • In the video on digging, Claude digs and then says, "So much for privacy", implying he wanted to do his business.
    • Claude describes the beach as a litter box in the summertime video.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Defied by Claude. His owner will often make some dopey mistake that leads to him almost dying, but Claude intervening.
  • Underwater Fart Gag: Claude says that gas leaking from a tank produces bubbles "just like in the bath".


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Claude the Cat

Claude says that if you cook with gas in a poorly-ventilated caravan, you'll choke like a canary.

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