Get to know the Khao Manee
All you need to know about the breed
With their pure white coat and sparkling eyes, the Khao Manee cat is a showstopping breed. Their name, (pronounced “cow-muh-nee”) translates to “white gem,” a fitting label for a cat that’s relatively rare outside of their native Thailand.
The Khao Manee may resemble other breeds, such as the Turkish Van, but they are easily identifiable by their totally snow-white fur. It’s rare to have a cat with absolutely no markings at all, a genetic absence of melanin pigmentation. Khao Manee kittens are often born with a dark patch on their head but it will usually disappear around the first year of life.
The other main characteristic: Their captivating eyes. The Khao Manee cat is well-known for having either two blue eyes or for being odd-eyed, meaning one is blue and one is either green or amber. It is quite the sight to behold.
It’s no surprise that this majestic feline was treasured by Thai royalty, often thought to bring good luck to those who owned one. The Khao Manee is not often seen in the west however, only gaining somewhat recent acceptance by official organisations.
Quite long and lithe in stature, their elegant body is muscular and athletic, built for the climbing and jumping they are so good at. This is an active breed, not overly so, but enough to keep everyone around them occupied as much as possible.
The Khao Manee enjoys being in the thick of it. They are known to be incredibly alert, intelligent, and extremely close to their humans. Super dynamic, the Khao Manee breed will provide endless hours of enjoyment to anyone who wants to play along.
2 facts about Khao Manees
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Khao Manee