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Khao Manee


Overview of Khao Manee

The Khao Manee (which translates to white gem) is a medium-sized (8-10 lbs) kitty whose striking eyes were thought to have mystical powers, especially the odd-colored ones! Like the Burmese, the Siamese, and the Korat, the Khao Manee is also a naturally occurring breed from Thailand. Despite the popularity of the Siamese these days, it was rumored that back in old Siam, the cat that was the most revered was the Khao Manee! One of Thailand's greatest kings - Chulalongkorn, bred these cats, owning nine of his own! They were not allowed to leave the country until 1999 because they were considered too precious, so the Khao Manee Cat is still relatively rare outside of Thailand. Always sporting a short, white coat, their eyes are their most distinctive feature and come in shades of blue, green, or gold, with the most sought after being the odd-eyed. With a unique starburst pattern around their pupils, some refer to the Khao Manee as the 'diamond eye' cat. To remove loose hairs from the undercoat and prevent skin irritation, weekly brushing twice a week is highly recommended for these shorthaired kitties.

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Khao Manee

Cat Skin Cancer:

Is a health concern that your Khao Manee may be at a higher risk of developing. Animals with light-colored fur are prone to getting sunburnt, which may develop into skin cancer.

Recommendations for Cat Skin Cancer in Khao Manee Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Khao Manee

Cuts and Scrapes:

Are a fact of life for many active kitties and a Khao Manee is no different! Especially if they are born deaf, they may not be bothered by loud sounds such as the vacuum cleaner or fireworks! Khao Manee kitties may be more bold and adventurous when it comes to playtime.

Recommendations for Cuts and Scrapes in Khao Manee Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Khao Manee

FeLV in Cats:

Like all cats, the Khao Manee is susceptible to viral infections such as the feline leukemia (FeLV) virus. The presence of this infection may lead to other serious health issues like feline lymphoma.

Recommendations for FeLV in Cats in Khao Manee Cats:



These sparkling kitties with odd-colored eyes are playful, affectionate, and people-loving. As long as they are with you, Khao Manee cats are happy to play fetch or curl up in your lap. They truly thrive on human affection, so they make great additions to any family. If you're thinking about tracking down a Khao Manee, keep in mind that there is a higher incidence of deafness in white animals, so some of these diamond-eyed beauties may be born deaf in one or both ears. Also, due to their white fur, it is recommended to keep your Khao Manee an indoors-only kitty because they are easily sunburnt. This cat may be for you if you want a pet with a propensity for odd-colored eyes, is fun-loving, and will make you laugh with their antics!

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