Khao Manee

Other names : Khao Plort, White Gem, Diamond eye

Photo: adult cat of Khao Manee breed
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Life expectancy

The Khao Manee has a life expectancy of between 10 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 10 and 12 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 11 lb
Male Between 7 and 11 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Khao Manee costs approximately 500£

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More details about the Khao Manee

Khao Manee: Origins and history

In the fourteenth century a Thai collection of poems about cats, the Tamra Maew appeared. Little, completely white cats with mercury eyes are mentioned. This is the first evidence of Khao Manee, then known as Khao Plort. The breed is therefore very old, despite our current ignorance of them.
Legend has it that the King of Siam (Thailand), Chulalongkorn (or Rama V), hid the very existence of these beautiful cats from the prying eyes of British and French travellers. Instead, referring to Siamese as the cats of the kings in their place. Whether this is true or not, the Khao Manee remained confined within Thailand's borders until 1999. At that time, it was threatened with extinction. An endangered species specialist, Colleen Freymouth, imported the first individuals from Thailand to the United States and set up a breeding and conservation program. Even today, very few catteries breed Khao Manees. 

Khao Manee: Purchase price

The rarity of this breed explains their high price! They cost approximately £500 (for a neutered adult with non-optimal competition characteristics) and can cost up a lot of money for a kitten imported directly from Thailand. It will also cost around £25/month to support them.

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