Khao Manee Cat Owners Club

The Khao Manee cat (Thai: ขาวมณี, RTGS: Khao Mani, meaning "White Gem"), also known as the Diamond Eye cat, is a rare breed of cat originating in Thailand, which has an ancient ancestry tracing back hundreds of years. They are mentioned in the Tamra Maew, or Cat Book Poems.Khao Manee cats are pure white with a short, smooth, close-lying coat. They can have blue eyes, gold eyes or odd eyes with one of each colour. The odd eyed Khao Manee is the preferred variety. They are muscular, athletic cats of moderate foreign type and are reputed to be active, communicative and intelligent.

Although the breed is well known in its native land it has only recently been adopted by Western cat breeders, gaining "registration only" status from TICA in May 2009. On 3 September 2011, the breed was promoted to "Preliminary New Breed", effective from 1 May 2012.

IS MY CAT A KHAO MANEE?

This the THE most common question asked.

Short answer: probably not. If you have to ask, then it is very unlikely your cat is a Khao Manee, unless you happen to live in Thailand.

A Khao Manee is a cat of pure Thai origin, They are very rare outside of Thailand. Having only left Thai shores for the first time in 1999, there are still very few KMs around.

If you go to buy a Khao Manee, INSIST on seeing either GCCF or TICA registration papers, of import documents proving importation of the cat or BOTH if its parents.

Again, due to their rarity, you are very unlikely to have found a stray Khao Manee.

If you are still unconvinced, you can have your cat's ancestry DNA tested at the Veterinary Genetics Lab in Davis, California. Current price is $115. All you need to provide is a cheek swab. Here is the link http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat/ancestry/