About the Khao Manee

The Khao Manee is one of the naturally occurring, ancient breeds originating from Thailand, and has been a well kept secret. It is referenced in the cat book of poems, known as the Tamra Maew, written in the 14th century.

The Khao Manee is a pure, glistening white cat with luminous, vibrant eye color. The jewel-like eyes can be any shade of blue, green, gold or odd.

Built for warm weather, the Khao Manee is a lithe, muscular, athletic cat of medium boning. They are devoted to their owners and are curious, intelligent cats who have an enduring sense of naughtiness. They are quite the inquisitive cat and love to play a good game of fetch before curling up with you for a warm nap. Known as the “White Gem”, the Khao Manee was rumored to be highly coveted by Thai royalty is thought to bring good luck to those forunate enough to have one.

After twelve weeks, kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying, and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching (CFA disapproves of declawing or tendonectomy surgery) are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long, and joyful life.  For more information, please contact the Breed Committee Chair for this breed.

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