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Khao Manee

Khao Manee

The name translates literally to ‘white gem’ - and that shouldn’t be a surprise as the Khao Manee is a pure white cat. Their coat is short, smooth and close fitting, covering an athletic and muscular body. They have a moderately oriental body type (i.e. similar to a Siamese cat) that is lithe and long but not as extreme as other members of that group. Eyes can be blue, gold or odd-eyed, i.e. one of each colour, with this latter variety being the rarest type of Khao Manee. 

The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Lean and elegant cat
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Needs a calm environment

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
Weight:  3.6 - 4.5kg
Colours:  Khao Manee cats are pure white in colour.


Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 5/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  2/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 3/5
Khao Manee cat enjoys a warm day


Curious, intelligent and people-oriented, the Khao Manee (pronounced ‘Cow Man-ee’) is a friendly and affectionate companion. Whilst somewhat talkative, the Khao Manee has a pleasant voice that is usually employed in purring or chirruping when enjoying a fuss. The Khao Manee loves to play and spend time with their people, but can also be quite an independent and clever problem solver where necessary – don’t leave one to be bored or lonely! 

Khao Manee is watching at something with interest

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Thailand

Other Names: White Gem, Khao Plort, Diamond Eye

An ancient breed originating in Thailand, the Khao Manee is referenced in the Tamra Maew, a book of poems about cats, written in the 14th century.  Said to only be kept by the Siam royals, the breed is still relatively rare in the Western world, first being imported to the US in 1999, and still going through the process of recognition in the UK. 

As such the Khao Manee can be considered one of the rarest cat breeds in the world. 

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