Breed Of The Month Khao Manee


The name Khao Manee (pronounced “cow man-ee”) means white gem in Thai and was given to this breed because of their notedly white coat of fur.


The Khao Manee breed hails from Thailand and has existed for many centuries.

The earliest known documentation of the breed is a book compiled of illustrations of cats and descriptions of their physical appearance that dates back to approximately 1350 A.D., called Tamra Maew (Treatise on Cats.)

The Khao Manee was imported to the US in 1999 but still remains very rare outside of Thailand.

The breed is recognized by the CFA and TICA.


The Khao Manee is known for its characteristic white fur. Due to living in a hot climate, these cats have a short and fine coat of fur. In addition to beautiful white fur, they have a slender, athletic body, a wedge-shaped head, and a set of pointy, wide-set ears.

They are small-to-medium-sized cats–weighing between six and eleven pounds (3-5 kg.)

The breed’s oval-shaped eyes are considered “jewel eyes” because of their jewel-toned eye colors, e.g. amber, sapphire, and emerald.
They can either have two of the same color eyes or two different colored eyes (which is relatively common in the breed.)

Personality & Behavioral Traits

Remember that cats' personalities differ, although Khao Manees are typically very friendly, outgoing, and social. It’s said that Khao Manees never meet a stranger!

This breed may not make a good pet for families or individuals who are away for several hours during the day, as they get lonely easily.

Khao Manees generally get along well with children and other pets if properly introduced.

Most are active, playful, and intelligent–they enjoy playing with their favorite people and learning new tricks!


Khao Manees are generally healthy, although they’re prone to congenital deafness.

Reputable breeders will inform potential buyers of any physical conditions present in the cat in question.

Staying up-to-date with annual wellness checkups is important to ensure your cat is healthy!


Khao Manee cats need their nails trimmed every 2-3 weeks, their fur groomed once a week, their teeth brushed daily, and their ears cleaned when dirty.

An occasional bath can be beneficial for keeping the breed’s white fur clean.

Khao Manees need tons of toys and attention to keep them entertained and happy.

Works Cited​

Brown, Jackie, “Khao Manee: Cat breed Profile, Characteristics & Care,” The Spruce Pets,

Grucza, Ariel, “Khao Manee: What to Know,” WebMD,

By Ritadesbois - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,