This is probably the closest you’ll get to a real-life Pikachu, but we wouldn’t recommend you do this to your pets.
A cat owner from Thailand accidentally turned her cat from white to yellow after she applied turmeric to treat a fungal infection on the cat’s leg.
Thammapa Supamas was worried about her cat’s infection so she turned to her mother for advice. Like most old-skool Asian mothers, she told Supamas to use turmeric to treat it.
“My cat Ka-Pwong had ringworm, we did everything to cure it, but nothing worked. That was when my mother had the idea of using turmeric,” Supamas told Bored Panda.
“At first, she painted it on the ringworm but as there was a lot left, she decided to paint the whole body to prevent future mycoses,” Supamas continued.
The big problem came when washing off the turmeric on Ka-Pwong. If you’ve cooked using turmeric before, you’d know that it doesn’t wash away that easily. Since Supamas’ mom painted the cat’s whole body, it stained the animal’s whole body.
However, it’s not as bad as it looks. According to Supamas, her cat hasn’t really noticed anything different. “My cat may not even know it turns yellow now. Now the cat is cheerful and eats a lot as usual,” Supamas said.
She decided to post pictures of the incident on social media, which went viral. Some people found it funny and pointed out that her cat looks like Pikachu.
Supamas even edited the photos to make her cat look more like the Pokémon character, complete with brown streaks and pink cheeks.
Even with the messy setback, Supamas reassured that the Indian spice helped with Ka-Pwong’s infection – reducing the itchiness and stopping her from licking the wound area.
Supamas hopes the colour will fade away in three months and that her fur will turn back to normal. “I hope the fungus is cured, I still have to hope that my cat will turn white as well,” she said.
If your cat has the same infection, it’s recommended that you consult with a veterinarian before you accidentally turn Chomel into a cartoon character.