How to Syringe Feed Golden Paste to a Cat.


Image by Cathy Dee

“This isn’t difficult when you know how. I have learnt the hard way how to do this. I now have it in the bag (No, not the cat 😉 ).”

(Editor’s Note: This article has elements of ‘humour’)

1) Mix some Tumeric Golden Paste with some sort of liquid. This could be a good Salmon oil, soup stock, even milk, so that it is a nice liquid consistency. Thicker solutions (and bits of pepper) tend to clog up the syringe – AND forcing the plunger can mean sending a blast of paste down the cats throat, which may cause the cat to open its eyes wide and choke and spit yellow everywhere. Not good!

Shake before use (The syringe, not the cat).

2) Put cat in a small room, the bathroom is perfect as it is fairly easy to clean and you can usually catch the cat again when he gets away from you.


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Ignore the hissing and spitting, he doesn’t really mean to call you all those names, don’t take it personally.

Remove curtains, shower curtain and towels. But have a small hand towel (great for stemming blood if you do it wrong) and a first aid kit handy.

3) Pull some old clothes out of the rag bag and put them on, asbestos gloves shouldn’t be necessary, unless you insert the syringe in the wrong place.

A bee-keepers hat will only give the cat something to climb so don’t bother with that either. Keep it simple. Tie up your hair and put protective glasses on.

4) Suck up about 2 to 3mls of the Golden Paste liquid into the syringe (you don’t want too much in the syringe) – the trick is to achieve a surgical strike, super quick, and take the cat completely by surprise before he twigs to what has happened and launches a counter strike.


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5) Back cat into corner (not usually advised but if you are fast you should not need to go to the emergency room), you can hold him but he will get wind of what you are doing that way. Take head gently but firmly in one hand, coo sweet nothings at him (this is the cat), or put that soothing cat music on, he will still be suss but it might help, insert syringe with other hand and shoot – Not too fast but not too slow, you will find the best speed with practice.

DO NOT insert into the side of the mouth, he will almost certainly redecorate the room and your rags, hair, face, fingers AND himself with lovely yellow liquid and swallow very little of it, and might inflict some damage in the process.

At this point he will escape and further attempts will be futile (no matter how small your bathroom is). You will have to chase him to wipe the yellow off his fur, which he will do everything in his power to prevent whilst spreading more yellow smears all over the place in retribution. Injury might also occur (to you, not the cat) and you will still have to clean the bathroom (difficult to do wearing bandages).

The BEST strategy is to insert tip of syringe into front of the cats mouth (NEVER the sides) and deploy. Please keep your hands away from his mouth whilst doing this or be prepared to use your first aid kit, as cat WILL clamp down with his teeth and your hand might suffer the consequences.

Repeat process TWICE a day.


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There you have it, easy when you know how, and you will improve with practice as long as you can catch cat again. It’s better when they are old as they don’t tend to move as fast, unless they have to……

Story by Pearl Daniels (aka Pearl Dan)

Illustrations by Cathy Dee (If you enjoyed this funny story you’ll LOVE the Cathy’s ebook ‘The Tales of a House God

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Written by Doug English BVSc
From a pioneering farming family in Malanda, Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, Australia. After high school in Cairns I attended Gatton Agricultural College to study agriculture and after graduation went on to the University of Queensland Veterinary Science faculty where I graduated in 1974 and went into rural practice at Moree NSW. Then I did a few years with the South Australian Department of Agriculture as a livestock advisor mainly involved in the eradication of Brucellosis and tuberculosis in the cattle herds. This was followed by about 20 years in mixed farm/equine/pets at Wyong, NSW Central Coast, then managed a large thoroughbred stud at Scone (Kia-Ora) before returning back to Cairns, North Queensland to have my own mixed practice on the Northern Beaches for around 15 years. Now living on the Gold Coast in a farm/equine practice and researching turmeric growing and manufacturing health products from this wonderful plant.