A woman by the name of Thammapa Supamas in Thailand accidentally dyed her cat bright yellow while attempting to treat a fungal infection on the pet’s limbs.
Supamas applied a turmeric scrub to heal a red, irritated patch of skin on the white cat’s leg which she shared on Facebook.
The plant extract has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and widely considered to be an effective antifungal treatment but turmeric powder is a strong natural dye yielding a vibrant gold color.
Supama’s white cat then became a ball of yellow fur after being coated in the turmeric.
Last Sunday, Supama shared how the yellow hue had not faded quite yet but her cat’s infection was noticeably healing. “Thank you for your kindness and concern,” she added.
The posting has garnered thousands of likes from people all over the world who are comparing the cat to the Pokemon character, Pikachu.
When it comes to using turmeric for pets, there is still little research on the subject.
“Turmeric has been used on the human side for years and many healing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties have been attributed to it, however, it hasn’t been studied extensively in pets,” Dr. Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD, and Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer, tells PEOPLE.
“I would recommend consulting your veterinarian about safe and effective treatments for your pet before using turmeric as a medical remedy on your own.”
A veterinarian and member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Chad Dodd, tells PEOPLE how he would urge pet owners to not apply turmeric powder on cats due to staining the feline’s hair.
“I’ve seen pictures from colleagues who had clients try it and the light-colored pet turns neon yellow … and the crazy thing is it can take months to fade away,” he says. “If they want to use it topically they should try one of the commercially available extract forms vs. the powder.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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