- Origin: Thailand (14th century)
- Weight: Female 2.7 – 3.6 kg, Male 3.6 – 4.8 kg
- Colors: white
- Coat: short-medium
- Temperament: active, playful, sticky
- Health: very healthy
- Average age: 10 to 13 years
Khao Manee cat is considered to be the royal cat of Thailand.
Based on historical Thai manuscripts, it is known that King Rama V, who reigned between 1868 and 1910, had nine cats of this breed. The King kept so much on these cats that he had decreed a law whereby anyone who was caught stealing such a cat was condemned to death.
Spreading cats with different color eyes inspired the name for this race: Khao Manee, which means the white gem.
The breed has grown in popularity when a growing American cat named Colleen Freymouth imported Sripia, a female Khao Manee in the US and later a male.
In 1999 Colleen was the only person outside Thailand to grow this breed.
Khao Manee Cat Aspect
Khao Manee is a medium-sized cat, pure white with good muscle tone, athletic.
The body is muscular, adapted to the tropical climate of Thailand.
The tail has a medium length, is thicker at the base and worn with elegance.
The fur is smooth and soft around the body.
Khao Manee Cat Behavior
He loves people and tries to be close to them for as long as possible, which means he will snap near you or climb on your shoulders just to feel closer.
Will welcome anyone with joy, loving being taken into consideration and someone to play with her.
Khao Manee Cat Features
The most important physical characteristics of this cat are fur and eyes.
She appreciates quality food. It is not upset if you get along with rewards such as cooked chicken, fish and ham.
Khao Manee Cat Diseases
The Khao Manee cat is generally a very healthy cat, however it may present some problems, some of which are of a genetic nature. Among the most common diseases in this breed are the following:
– Corneal dermatitis – is the presence of skin or hair on the surface of the cornea of one or both eyes. This can be corrected surgically;
– facial pain syndrome – can be seen when the cat exaggerates with the licking and chewing of the lobes. Even eating causes them pain, but the cause is unknown;
– hypocalcemic polymyopaea – leads to weakening of the muscles due to low levels of potassium in the blood. It is treated with potassium supplements.