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The Khao Manee is a rare breed of cat originating in Thailand also known as the Diamond Eye cat that has an ancestry going back hundreds of years. They are known for having a pure white coat and often odd coloured eyes, with blue and gold or one of each being normal.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.


The Khao Manee is an ancient breed similar to the Siamese and the Korat and was mentioned in a book of cat poems called the Tamra Maew. It is however, a completely separate breed from the Siamese, even the pure white versions of that breed known as the Foreign White Siamese, as those cats have a British shorthair ancestor. The Khan Manee has been studied genetically and been shown to be a completely separate breed to the Siamese and other Thai cat breeds.

The breed was said to have originally been kept by the Siam royals along with other unusually coloured cats. Breeders in Thailand have worked to retain the purity of the breed as well as detailing its lineage and forming a breed standard. It was first exported to the US in 1999 when Colleen Freymouth imported a cat called Sripia and she was used as the foundation of the breed in the country. It took another 10 years for the breed to first reach the UK.

Khao Manee currently has advanced new breed status with The International Cat Association having been first listed for registration only in 2009. The GCCF in the UK granted the breed pre-affiliation in 2011.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.


While known as a white cat breed, the Khao Manee can produce coloured offspring depending on the genetics that cause the white coat. This is because white isn't so much a colour as a lack of colour and if both parents of the cat carry a certain version of this gene, the colour of the body isn't masked and a coloured cat is born. The coat of these cats is smooth and shiny with very little undercoat. They often have a darker patch on the head when they are born but this vanishes at around 12 months old.

Originally, the Khao Manee were said to have mercury coloured eyes but yellow eyes have become the most popular eye colour in Thailand and the odd-eyed cats are considered lucky. Cats that have blue eyes are sometimes deaf while their nickname of Diamond Eye cats comes from a type of glaucoma that they were once prone to, though it wasn't understood as such at the time. The deafness is caused by the dominant white gene that causes damage to the inner ear and many breeders now have their cats tested to see if they carry this gene to consider when breeding.


The character of these cats is described as very similar to other Thai cat breeds – they are very intelligent, affectionate with people and curious. They like to be around people, curling up with their owners to watch the TV or following them around the house. They are curious about visitors and will offer them affection quickly.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:46 pm

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