This sparkling white cat from Thailand grabs the imagination with one blue eye and one eye that ranges from copper through yellow to green. Khaomanee (sometimes spelled Khao Manee) means White Gem and is considered to have been a royal household favorite.
A heart-shaped face with high cheekbones and a sparkling white coat like diamonds conceal these lovely cats’ naughtiness, but their dedication to you will have you enjoying the naughtiness that these intelligent cats love as they entertain you with their antics.
Developed centuries ago in Siam (now Thailand), the Khao Manee was solely owned by royalty for hundreds of years. They are referred to as the Khao Port or “all white” in the Thai collection of cat poems, the Tamra Maew. The name is roughly translates to “White Gem,” and they are also known as the Diamond Eye cat.
This breed was fiercely protected against export until 1999, when the first one was brought to the United States by Colleen Freymuth, who initiated a breeding program to preserve these rare animals, whose numbers are declining in their native home.
The breed has yet to be recognized by any cat registries in the United States, and Khao Manee are still relatively rare, despite being permitted for exhibition. In October 2011, the Khao Manee Cat Club was granted pre-affiliation status by the Cat Fancy’s Governing Council. This is not a bred or planned breed; it is indigenous to Thailand.
The Khao Manee is born with a pure white coat. Some kittens may have a dark spot on their heads, but this will fade after the first year. One of the Khao Manee’s most distinguishing characteristics is its eyes. Individuals can have two blue eyes, one blue and one amber or green eye, or one blue and one amber or green eye.
This medium-sized cat has huge ears on a wedge-shaped head with pronounced cheekbones and a bone structure to match. They take an extremely upright posture. Some are born partially or completely deaf, as is common with white cats with blue eyes. They have athletic and muscular body types.
The Khao Manee is a low-maintenance cat that needs little grooming. They shed extremely little because they have almost no undercoat. A weekly brushing should be sufficient to remove any loose hair.
- Weight: 4 to 5 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: White only
- Pattern: Solid
Khao Manee cats are extremely dedicated to their owners and will frequently stay within a few feet of a family member. It is intelligent and outspoken, which it will use to persuade you to give it what it desires. Many owners also mention that it will use its intelligence to be mischievous, especially if it feels left out or has been alone for an extended period of time.
They also enjoy fetch, mental stimulation games such as food puzzles, and cuddling on the couch with their owner. Khao Manee is a smart cat who is simple to train to use a litter box or a scratching pad. They will also learn a few words and their meanings, and will run when you call them. The breed, like other cats, will respond best to rewards, positive encouragement, and patience.
- Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
The Khao Manee have undergone a rigorous and respected breeding procedure, and they are usually regarded as a hardy breed. However, it is critical to check their skin on a regular basis, particularly the area above their ears, because all white cats are prone to acquiring skin cancer, especially if they enjoy to lie in the sun. Some breeds of pure white cats tend to be prone to deafness in one or both ears.
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