Khao Manee Cat

QUICK FACTS

  • Size: Medium, 6 to 10 lbs
  • Energy Level: 4/5 (but with bursts of activity)
  • Talkative: 4/5
  • Coat: Fairly smooth, short and pure white
  • Hypoallergenic: Still unverified, but some fanciers say we don’t give off as much allergens compared to other breeds
  • Sign: Gemini
  • Seeking: I get along with everyone!
  • Child Friendly: Yes
  • Personality Snapshot: Sociable and friendly, devoted to my humans and mingles easily with strangers and other pets, loves interactive games

My Looks khao manee breed info

Want to know what my name means? In Thailand, from where I originate, I’m known as the Khao Mani which translates to ‘white gem.’ That pretty much sums me up.

I possess a beautiful, pure white coat that’s as flawless and glossy as snow. It’s not as thick nor dense as snow, ‘though – my coat is actually very smooth with a fine, silky texture when you run your fingers through it.But I’m not just called a ‘white gem’ for my milky coat.

You see, I have precious stones for eyes – one silver and one gold – which are my most prized physical feature.

I should mention that not all of us have both silver and gold.

Some of us have two silvery blue eyes. And some of us have two gold eyes in varying hues from amber-green to amber-gold.khao manee cats

But by far the most preferred Khao Manee cats are those of the odd-eyed variety, possessing the prized combination of one blue eye and one yellow eye.

My Personality khao manee personality

I’ll be the first to proudly admit I’m one of those pesky people cats. I adore my humans and try to be around them whenever I can, which means I’ll be curling up next to you or perching on your shoulders quite often.

khao manee cat breed infoBut I’m not just friendly with my humans – as a sociable feline, I tend to like humans in general so you’ll often see me hanging out near the front door to greet visitors dropping by.

I can easily adjust to new faces and won’t think twice about getting chummy with people and other animals upon first meeting.

When I’m not playing social butterfly, I’ll be working on my fitness.

I’m very fond of keeping myself active and of course, playing tops my list of favorite ways to keep myself lithe and muscular. And this is no solitary activity for me, either – I love interactive games that keep me moving while bonding with my humans at the same time.

As such, I’ve got a soft spot for fetch and have been known to initiate a game or two by carrying small balls, plastic bottles, deli cups and just about anything I can fit in my mouth.

Of course, if you’re too busy to play, I’ll have to make do on my own. This usually involves letting my curiosity take the reins as I go inspecting anything and everything around the house. So when you see me peeping behind corners and tapping on cabinets and doors, just know I am conducting thorough investigations into the nature of things.

My Ideal Human ideal home for khao manee cat breed

khao manee cat infoEasy going and sociable, I’m a cinch to get on with.

Which makes me pretty ideal for all fanciers, from newbies to experienced cat lovers.

My happy-go-lucky disposition also makes me a good fit for homes with children and my undemanding playfulness means even older cat lovers looking for a companion feline won’t have a problem rearing me.

I’m sort of the best of all worlds, if I do say so myself. You know, the purrfect combination of playful activeness combines with easygoing charm.

My Roots

Between you and me, my breed is considered the original royal cat of Thailand from back when it was still called Siam. Based on Thai historical manuscripts, King Rama V, who ruled from 1868 to 1910, had nine of my ancestors in his care and cherished them so very much that the penalty for a commoner stealing a Khao Manee was death.

Along with the Korat (Dork Lao), khao manee cat breedBurmese (Suphalak) and Siamese (Wichien-maat), my lineage is referenced in the Tamra Maew, an anthology of poems about cats written in 1350.

Although the name of the breed mentioned in the anthology was “Khao Plort,” which was described as having “eyes the color of mercury,” the proliferation of kittens having odd-colored eyes over the next two centuries inspired a new name for our lineage: Khao Manee, or “White Gem” in Thai.

Now while the Siamese, Korat and Burmese already established their popularity in the West after the World War II, our breed became only known to cat fanciers outside Thailand when an American breeder by the name of Colleen Freymouth (Freymuth in some accounts) imported Sripia, a female Khao Manee, and another male to the United States in 1999, and became the first person outside of Thailand to breed us.

That means that until 1999, the Khao Manee had been bred only in Thailand for almost 650 years!

But thanks to Freymouth, the very first litter of Khao Manee kittens was bred in North America. Moreover, Odyssey Cattery’s Janet Poulsen imported the first Khao Manees to the United Kingdom in the months that followed and pioneered the proliferation of my breed in and around the sovereign state.

Now while my breed still isn’t accepted in most cat registries, we were granted the Preliminary New Breed status by The International Cat Association (TICA) in May 2012.

How to Keep Me Healthy and Happy khao manee cat breed health

I am not a very demanding cat and keeping me hale and hearty is quite easy. I only need a meticulous brushing every week to keep my coat looking great. I don’t have any special diet requirements as well.

There’s just one thing you should be aware of – some of us can be partially or totally deaf. This is a genetic characteristic commonly observed in felines having blue eyes and white coats and not exclusive to our breed.

Stuff I Love best cat toys for khao manee cat breed

When it comes to interactive activities, I am the kind of cat that’d never pass up a game I can play with my humans, like with this fun-filled Fish Feather teaser. Just swing the thing around and watch me come alive!

You’ll know that I’m in the mood for a game of fetch when you see me carrying something in my mouth. Why not get your hands on these Sponge Balls by Coastal Pet Products to give me something comfortable to hold in my mouth? These balls are made from high quality materials that won’t easily break down when we’ve got a game of fetch going.

I love chilling out as much as I am fond of playing and having something like this Mossy Oak 27 by 36-Inch Pillow Pet Bed is sure to take the comfort factor up a notch. Apart from having a water-resistant bottom, you can also conveniently toss it in the washing machine when it’s time for cleanup.

Things I’ve Never Told Anyone khao manee cat facts

  • My breed is also called ‘Diamond Eye’ – beautiful nickname, no?
  • My breed is not only rare, but unique in that we’re considered extremely lucky. And thanks to the luck associated with us, we tend to be very expensive, with Khao Manee kittens going for eight to ten thousand dollars each in the UK. As for the US, we’re a very rare breed here still and exceptionally hard to get ahold of.
  • Although I generally sport a white coat, I have some relatives that can have a few small splotches of color on them. Some kittens in my family are even born with dark marks on their heads that disappear when they celebrate their first birthday.
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16 Comments
  1. Reply
    heather June 4, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I had a cat that fit this description perfectly, and looks exactly like this breed. I found her as part of a stray litter in Los Angeles in 1995, her mother looked just the same. She was not only white, odd-eyed and even-tempered, but has the facial structure, coat, and meow of a burmese cat, and to top it off, was also polydactyl. She lived to be 19.5 years old and was the best cat I’ve ever had.

    So, maybe they weren’t bred here till 1999, but somehow I had one in 1995. Seeing photos of these cats, it’s uncanny. Her photo is linked in my web site.

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    Robin December 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    The Khaomanee were accepted for Championship competition in The International Cat Association as of May 1, 2015. The first Grand Champion was alter Leotie Lap Lang. Four of his brothers and sisters have also gotten Grand Champions titles, making their dam, Odyssey Ratsamee (of Leotie) the first Outstanding Dam for the breed.

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    TIMOTHY SMITH June 4, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I’m positive my cat is a Khao manee her eyes and everything right down to her coat are as explained in this description I picked her up at a shelter in Maine and I am just now figuring this out but I’m almost 100% positive
    Wow I’m a lucky guy and she is my baby 😎🐰

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      Caitlin June 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Wow, you are one lucky guy. And she is one lucky gal to have you, too 🙂

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    Kelly Peters August 26, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I too have acquired a Khao Manee. He was given to me by a gal who, a month later, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend. He was a mere 7 or 8 weeks old when I got him, in June of 2010. He is my best friend.

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    Jessica September 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I found my Daisy in a shelter 8 years ago on 9/11. She was only 9 weeks old, and scared to death. No one wanted her because she was strange. Kids screaming in the front foyer, poking at her, I wouldn’t want to go home with them either! So I knew that although we were there for other kittens, she HAD to be the one. She needed us more than any other kitten or cat. She was our gem. Our older cat took her under her wing and had to teach her how to cat, since Daisy was the runt of her litter, and shunned. She’s still a bit skittish thanks to her first weeks being a shelter kitten, but she adores her family. We never knew much about her until a cousin commented, “Wow you have a Khao Manee! She’s lovely!” a couple of years ago. I never knew how valued she was until just recently. Well… she’s always been valued by us. 😉

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      Caitlin September 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Love this story! And congrats on your good fortune – not everyone is lucky enough to live with a Khao Manee 🙂

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    Lolita Anne September 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

    We have a Khao Manee too, she’s so lovely and cute. She has odd eyes, green and blue, with white purr.Less “meoww”, only you can hear her when asking food. She’s living with us for about six months. We’re crazy playing with her.

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    Rabekkah November 24, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I have a cat who is actually Half Khao Manee and Half Siamese. He sports almost all the traits of a Khao Manee even two blue diamond eyes but his pointing gives away his Siamese origins as well.

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    Dana H November 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I have a Cat that I got from a friend that is the EXACT replica of the Khoa manee I have researched online. My friend had a Beautiful white cat with a one blue eye and one green eye just show up at her place out in the country. We had NO idea that she was a khao manee. She had a cople of litters of kittens so I know they are not full blooded Khoa manee but, every single baby she has had carry the Khao Manee traits. Also, She had a second cat show up, All white, with gold eyes and same characteristics. Also, had a bunch of kittens, mostly all white with the exception of one or two. I believe that someone may have lost their cat or it walked off. In any event, I have one of the kittens and she is the smartest cat I have ever had. She plays fetch with me. Loves to play. and very verbal. I just love her to pieces. I am truly sorrty I had her spayed now. I would love to have tried to find a male Khoa manee and breed a couple litters just for their beauty and intelligence.

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    rick February 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    We have this exact cat with one blue eye and one is green….she fits the description of this breed perfectly…got her as a kitten from a yard sale…..she is very active and adjust well to family and friends as well as our other cats…..she is totally deaf in both ears, so she is constantly watching every move and shadow as she plays….we are lucky to have her!

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    nicola March 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    how long do kao mannees live for? does anyone know, I met my partner a couple of yrs ago and bonded instantly with his cat which he is now mine as neither of us can live without each other, I hope I have a good few yrs with him yet, I heard they live till they are 10/11 he is 7 now so I’m hoping that’s wrong, if anybody knows plz let me know thanks kate

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    Aaron June 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I have what I believe to be a khao manee. Got him for free from a friends litter. The mother is a taby and got pregnant in another state by an unknown cat. All the litter was pure white and have every aspect of the khao manee. This is in Australia aswell!

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    deborah shacklett July 4, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I just got a female yesterday. She was at a pet store and I went nuts for her. Blue is so smart and somewhat vocal, luckily not deaf at all. We will have a good long spoiled life together. Lucky me.

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    nadia August 15, 2017 at 5:27 am

    We have one i dont know if he really a khao manee because his another eye is like a brown honey color. He is very active my son named him snow. My son fund him summer school and bring him home.. My daughter love him so much she dont want him to go out that maybe we lose him..Snow is very loveable cat … hope that he is really a khao manee..

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