Khao Manee | Cat Breed Guide

Khao Manee | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

Khao Manee cats are an exceptionally social and loving breed that come straight from Thailand. What really sets them apart from others is their eagerness to make friends with everyone and everything that crosses their path. 

Weight: 6-10 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Temperament: playful, active, social

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History and Personality

The Khao Manee cat originated from Thailand and its history dates all the way back to the 14th century. If you haven’t heard of this breed before, you aren’t alone. They’re a very rare breed, and their presence becomes less common the further you get from Thailand. 

Physically, the Khao Manee is a remarkably beautiful cat with its glossy white fur, pink skin, and often-mismatched blue and green eyes. Given its appearance, it probably won’t surprise you that its name means “white gem” in English — and what a gem this kitty is.

Many cats are known for being shy or disinterested, but not the Khao Manee. This breed has a reputation of sitting near the door to lovingly greet passers-by. Sure, they’re fiercely devoted to their owners, but they’re not about to pass up head scratches and affection from strangers, too. They also get along very well with dogs, other cats, and children.

Like their distant relatives, the Siamese, Khao Manee cats are known for being a bit chatty. They’ll be extra vocal when they’re craving attention, and they benefit from plentiful interaction with other pets and their humans. On that note, this breed does best in homes where attention is easy to come by. If you travel frequently or prefer an independent cat, the Khao Manee may not be a great fit for you. If you’re seeking a feline that loves to love and is a bit needy (yeah, we said it), then the Khao Manee is a wonderful option. 

In addition to being sociable and affectionate, Khao Manees are very playful and energetic. They tend to have bursts of energy, but once they blow off enough steam, they’re eager to curl up in your lap and purr away. Also, this breed is notably intelligent. With patience, you can even train yours to do some fun tricks.


Because of their short hair and the fact that they don’t have much of an undercoat, grooming your Khao Manee is pretty simple. They benefit from a weekly brushing to keep fur glossy, and you may want to brush two or three times a week during the fall and spring when they shed.

Health Concerns

  • Sun burns and skin cancer — fair-skinned cats are susceptible to sun damage. For that reason, they ought to have limited sun exposure. 
  • Deafness — there’s a potential link between white cats and deafness, though the Khao Manee seems to be less susceptible. Still, it’s best to have your cat tested.

This breed is generally very healthy, but annual vet visits are still important. You’ll want to make sure your kitty has all its vaccinations, that its bloodwork and physical health look good, and that parasites are under control. Keep your kitty at a healthy weight to prevent obesity-related medical conditions. Also, to help with major veterinary expenses in the event of unexpected medical needs, consider protecting your wallet and kitty with pet insurance.