Khao Manee

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The White Jewel

The Khao Manee is a beautiful animal that can create a mystical aura around it with its diamond-like eyes. For many centuries, the white jewel was only at home in Thai noble families, but due to its impressive appearance, it is now also known in the rest of the world.

History and Origin of the Khao Manee

The Khao Manee originally comes from Thailand. It has existed there for hundreds of years. In the Book of Songs about the Cats from the 14th century, their existence is textually documented.

So the cat has a long tradition in its country of origin. However, it is rarely found outside the country’s borders, as it was reserved for Thai nobility until the late 20th century.

However, since the Khao Manee was an endangered breed, the Americans intervened in the 1990s with protective measures to preserve the breed. In a global comparison, however, it is striking that the Khao Manee is still an underrepresented pedigree cat.

essence and character

The Khao Manee has a reputation for being curious, playful and active. In contrast to this, however, she has a calm core of being.

Cuddles are particularly popular with the Thai beauty. Since the Khao Manee is very open-minded, a stranger (e.g. a visitor) can also take on this task.

The Khao Manee feels most comfortable when it is integrated into the everyday life of its owner. She always needs social contact. Since she can’t have undivided attention around the clock, it makes sense to add another cat to the family.

However, it should be noted that the Khao Manee needs some time to get used to major changes.

Appearance of the Khao Manee

The Khao Manee is a slender cat with an athletic build. You can see that she leads an active lifestyle. Nevertheless, their proportions are harmoniously built and delicate.

Only individuals with white fur are recognized. This has hardly any undercoat, is close-fitting, short and dense.

Special feature: Kittens sometimes have colored markings between their ears. These grow out again in the first year of life.

Caution: Because many white shorthair cats look very similar to the Khao Manee, confusion or deliberate fraud often occurs.

The snow-white cat’s head is heart-shaped and is framed by medium-sized ears.

The nose is slightly convex and pigmented pink.

The eyes are yellow, blue or green. They do not necessarily have to look the same, but can be different in color (so-called odd eyes).

attitude and care

Overall, the Khao Manee is very easy to care for. This is partly due to the fact that there are no hereditary diseases typical of the breed. The deafness that can occur with a white coat/blue eye combination is not a breed specificity, but a genetic issue that can affect all blue-eyed, white-coated cats. However, because reputable breeders carefully select their breeding stock, the rate of deafness in purebred cats is very low.

So only the standard care comes to the cat owner:

  • Annual vaccinations
  • check-ups
  • parasite protection
  • Check eyes, ears, claws and mouth

With a good general condition, the house tiger is about 14 years old.

The Khao Manee is also easy to care for when handled. Since she is very sociable, she enjoys social encounters. She develops a particularly close bond with her caregiver. However, she also needs contact with other dogs and can enjoy interacting with other species (dogs) and with children. However, it is always important that the cat first gets used to its communication partner and, if necessary, can also distance itself from them.

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

The Khao Manee originally comes from Thailand. There is a tropical climate , the temperatures are in an average range of 26 to 30 degrees all year round. With its short fur, the white pedigree cat is designed for summer weather. However, the German weather conditions are often very harsh, which is why housing for these cats is recommended. But a secure balcony or garden is something that house tigers like to see. Due to the fact that the Khao Manee is very human -related , there is not a great danger of an outbreak.

Note: The cat may not be suitable for people who are sensitive to noise, as they have a reputation for being communicative. How talkative the four-legged friend is ultimately also depends on his personality.

How much occupation does the Khao Manee need?

The Khao Manee is an athletic cat that needs exercise and varied games. This not only satisfies them, but also prevents weight problems.

Although the Thai cat is curious and likes to exercise, it is a breed whose owner can easily satisfy their need for exercise with a scratching post, cat toys and intelligence tasks. Nevertheless, people who need rest and the active Khao Manee often do not really get along. Ideally, the cat owner should also be playful.

grooming and feeding

The Khao Manee has no undercoat. Since her fur is very short and she hardly loses any hair due to the lack of an undercoat, she is very uncomplicated when it comes to grooming. Occasionally brushing away loose hair (with a grooming mitt, brush, or cloth) and removing gross debris is usually sufficient.

The pedigree cat is also undemanding when it comes to feeding . Depending on age, state of health and activity level, however, it requires a different concentration of nutrients.

In addition, the main feed should

  • High-quality,
  • low carb,
  • free of sugar, preservatives and additives
  • and meaty


Acquisition of a Khao Manee

The Khao Manee is not a cat that you can simply buy in the neighboring town. Because the breed was reserved for its country of origin for a while, it hardly exists in Germany. Many prospective buyers do not find what they are looking for in Germany and therefore have their dream cat imported from abroad.

The rarity factor and the transport come at a steep price: a purebred kitten can cost as much as 3,000 euros and an animal that does not meet the breeding requirements can cost at least 1,000 euros.

The fact that white cats with blue eyes sometimes suffer from deafness makes it difficult to find a suitable seller, since health screening at the breeder’s is highly recommended.

The final hurdle is the risk of fraud. Since dishonest breeders cross other white breeds, this is particularly high with the Khao Manee. For a layperson, mixed-breed cats – and the associated attempts at fraud – are unfortunately not so easy to recognize.

Interesting and worth knowing

Other interesting additional information about Khao Manee:

  1. The Khao Manee is not yet recognized by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe). The American TICA and the British GCCF are the only associations that already have the cat as a separate breed.
  2. The fur color of the Thai pedigree cat is snow-white. Nevertheless, when two heterozygous specimens are mated, colored offspring can result (hereditary theory). Although these cats are not referred to as Khao Manees, they can still be breedable. In order to get white offspring again, you have to mate the colorful with white individuals.


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