Angela Westfall
Your guide to this article today is by cat expert Angela Westfall
Published 14:37 pm

Ancient, unique and fascinating, the Khao Manee is one of the most beautiful cats you could ever hope to own. Affectionately referred to as the “diamond eye cat” due to their large, expressive eyes, the Khao Manee cat is an elegant breed that strikes a chord with everyone who lays eyes on them.

If you’re thinking about bringing home some Khao Manee kittens, it’s always worth doing a little research to ensure that they’re a good fit for your home. In this article, we’ll be discussing all things Khao Manee, and giving you the complete guide to this beautiful breed.

Khao Manee cat with blue eye

History of the Khao Manee

The Khao Manee hold their origins in Thailand – an area also famous for their Siamese, Korat and Burmese breeds. While not much is known about their origins, save from a few poems in the 1300’s about this loving cat, what we do know is that their odd-colored eyes made them one of the most sought-after breeds at the time. It is said that cats with unique eyes brought luck to those who owned them, and so their popularity boomed at this time.

It wasn’t until the 1900’s when these cats were first introduced to the USA. Here, breeders soon found that their loving nature and distinctive looks made them extremely popular. As such, Khao Manee kittens are in constant demand and can be sold at quite a high price, to match their rarity.

Quick Facts About the Khao Manee Cat

  • Khao Manee cats will always have one blue eye, with the other ranging from bright yellow to vibrant green.
  • Their loving nature and playful demeanor makes Khao Manee kittens one of the best choices for those with families.
  • They can grow up to 12 inches tall.
  • The average life span of the Khao Manee is up to 12 years.
  • Unlike many other breeds, the Khao Manee has very little undercoat and they are therefore better suited to warmer climates.
  • The Khao Manee cat is also known as the White Gem, Khao Plort and Diamond Eye

Khao Manee cat sitting on the street

Things You Should Know

Health

The Khao Manee cat is very rare outside of Thailand and not a great deal of information is available for this breed in terms of health concerns. The good news, however, is that their natural breeding means that health concerns are rare, as Khao Manee kittens are often not produced through over-breeding of parents, leading to much healthier offspring.

The most common health traits found in these cats, currently, is an increased likelihood of deafness and kinked tails. Both of these are unlikely to occur and the Khao Manee is an adaptable breed that will often rely on other senses, if required.

Feeding

The diamond eye cat is a big fan of routine, so the most important aspect of feeding – when it comes to this breed – is to stick with a solid timescale in which they can expect their food. They are also known to be a little fussy with their food, so work with them to find a brand and taste that they’ll enjoy.

Remember that this is an active breed, so plenty of good quality nutrients will be required to keep them at the peak of physical and mental wellbeing. Lots of protein will help them to keep up with their energy levels, while essential fatty acids can ensure those bright brains remain active.

Care

The main thing to consider with the Khao Manee cat is their intelligence. These cats will need plenty of stimulation in order to keep their minds busy, or they can become grumpy and stressed through boredom. A great way to stave this off, is to invest in lots of cat toys which encourage them to use their mind.

That said, a better option – if you have the time – is to spend lots of time training your cat. Whether it’s learning the game of fetch or teaching them tricks, these cats can catch on quickly. So, be sure to utilize these skills and you’ll soon find that your cat is more than happy to adapt to indoor living, if required.

Grooming

This is a breed that is very light on the grooming, due to their shorter, close lying coat. While the ears of any cat will need to be checked over regularly, regardless of the breed, there is very little extra required of owners. If, however, you decide to keep your cat’s coat shining, then a quick brush with chamois leather (roughly once a week) can keep their coat looking healthy.

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Khao Manee cat lying

Temperament

The Khao Manee is a breed that is known to form extremely strong bonds with their family. However, that’s not to say that they won’t happily greet anyone who walks through the door, as they are a very social breed that is always willing to meet someone new. This trait is doubled when you consider their inquisitive nature – as they are often the first to register the comings and goings of the neighborhood around them.

Better yet, the Khao Manee cat is also a very vocal breed, and will often use a wide range of different sounds to indicate their mood. Once you get to know your new pet, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can tell what they want or need, based on these. This is, in part, due to their intelligent nature and this – along with their love of fetch – makes them more of a dog in a cats’ body!

Be aware, however, that their intelligence can also mean that this is a breed that is prone to bouts of boredom. They require a lot of mental stimulation and can thrive as outdoor cats – as long as it is safe for them to wander. If not, be sure to keep lots of interesting toys and gadgets around to keep their mind busy, or you may find that they can become quite destructive and distressed.

Angela Westfall
Angela has fostered, adopted, screened and saved cats for over 15 years. She is known as one of Central Ohio’s most passionate and knowledgeable cat enthusiasts. Her rescue, Angels Assisting Felines has partnerships with PetSmart and PetSuppliesPlus to help more cats find great homes.

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