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|Alternative names||Khao Plort ("all white")|
|Common nicknames||Diamond Eye, The White Cat of Thailand|
|Domestic cat (Felis catus)|
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, and on 30 August 2013 the breed was promoted to "Advanced New Breed", effective immediately.
On 8 September 2010, at the meeting of the GCCF Executive Committee, the Khao Manee was granted breed name in GCCF, and was approved for exhibition only. The Khao Manee Cat Club was granted GCCF pre-affiliation at the Council meeting on 26 October 2011.
Khao Manee are rarely deaf.
Skin cancer may affect any cat with white ears.
There has been a very high percentage of cats with kinked tails amongst the cats exported from Thailand.
- Khao Manee: "Diamond Eye")
- „Laksana Maeo“ - the Cat Poems
- "The Khao Manee Cat Club". The Khao Manee Cat Club. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Martin R. Clutterbuck: Siamese Cats, Legends and Reality. White Lotus Press, Bangkok 2004, ISBN 974-4800-53-4
- ChaWee, the Khao Manee
- The Khao Manee Cat
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- Odyssey Khao Manee
- Snowtrees breeder website
- Khao Manee pedigree database on Pawpeds
- Les Heures Bleues french breeder website
- [http://www.whitegemcattery.com / WhiteGemCattery Khao Manee